The drive to Inverness took us along the shores of magnificent Loch Ness.
The ruins of Urquhart Castle have prime position on a rocky promontory overlooking the lake. Founded in the 13th century, the castle withstood much conflict during its 500 years as a fortress, eventually blown up in the Jacobite rebellion in 1692.
The scenery was spectacular as we followed the banks of the Loch,
the autumn sunlight creating a diverse palette of hues.
The landscape on the opposite side of the road was no less impressive.
The largest body of fresh water in Britain, Loch Ness is 39km long and over 200 metres deep.
We didn’t see the Loch Ness monster but it isn’t hard to imagine something lurking beneath the surface.