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The Grand Caledonian Tour was a 15 day tour of Scotland visiting the all 4 points of the compass. 

South of Wick

Beatrice and turbines

Tea break and farewells


Muir of Ord

Fort Augustus

Loch Ness Monster
(Wow that was a lucky shot Mags!!!)

Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Grand Caledonian Tour - 25 September to 9 October  
story Margaret Campbell

Day 11  - Tuesday 5 October ; Wick to Inverness

Leaving Wick we followed the A99 south down the coast through Lybster, Dunbeath and Helmsdale.  

The weather was kind and we had a really good view of the Beatrice Oil platform and the massive wind turbines close by.  

We left the A99 at Brora and headed inland along the side of Loch Brora and over the moors to Rogart on a lovely little unclassified road. 

Meeting the A839 we  headed west to Lairg then south onto the B864 and along to the Falls of Shin where we walked down to the falls and actually saw a salmon leap.  

            Falls of Shin

Watching the salmon leap
at the Falls

The salmon leap
(can you see them?)

We then joined the A836 to Bonar Bridge where we stopped for a cup of coffee and to say goodbye to Joe and Hazel as well as Ranald and Louise who were leaving us at this point.  

From Bonar Bridge we headed south once more and leaving the main road headed over the Struie on the B9176 stopping at the wonderful viewpoint for some photos then joining the little unclassified road in Evanton we eventually arrived in Dingwall.  

From there we headed across to Strathpeffer and after a short spell on the A835 we took the A832 to Muir of Ord joining the A862 to Beauly.  After Beauly we cut over Glen Convinth and joining the A82 at Drumnadrochit we headed down the north side of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus and took the B862 heading up the other side of the loch. 

As there was a rest day in Inverness the next day (Day 12 Wednesday 6 October) we didn’t finish the route and headed home as we live only 10 miles from Inverness.



Fort Augustus


Day 13, East through Whisky country and the Buchan coast to Aberdeen

Published 31 October 2021