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Inverness is the furthest north I’ve ever been! Would love to go even farther north into the Shetland Islands but will have to save that for another trip. On our drive to Inverness, we stopped at Blair Castle which just happened to re-open that very day for the spring/summer season. We were cheerfully welcomed by a staff member and then greeted in the parking lot by a friendly, beautiful peacock.

Greeted by a Peacock at Blair Castle

Greeted by a Peacock at Blair Castle

Blair Castle sits on 108 square miles. The grounds are gorgeous with lots of grazing sheep. It’s the seat of the Duke of Atholl of the Murray Clan. The 12th Duke of Atholl actually lives in South Africa but he visits the castle every May to review the Atholl Highlanders, the only private Army in Britain. The castle tower dates back to 1269 but most of the castle has undergone lots of remodeling throughout the years. It was very interesting to visit the 30 rooms. Each room gives another layer of written history but I have to admit I’ve become spoiled and would prefer audio guides for such a large building.  There’s just so much information to cover over 744 years.

Blair Castle under restoration.

Blair Castle under restoration.

Blair Castle Clock Tower

Blair Castle Clock Tower

Blair River on the Blair Castle Grounds

Blair River on the Blair Castle Grounds

Sheep on the Blair Castle grounds

Sheep on the Blair Castle grounds

Blair Castle Ballroom

Blair Castle Ballroom

As we drove into Inverness and to our hotel, we knew we were someplace special. Inverness is a charming town and our hotel was ideally situated along the Ness River. We got in early enough to wander around the river bank and into town. Thankfully the weather was clear. Cold but clear. We were also treated to a beautiful full moon.

View from River of Inverness Castle

View from River of Inverness Castle

Along the Ness River at night

Along the Ness River at night

Inverness Castle Tower
Inverness Castle Tower

Full Moon over Inverness

Full Moon over Inverness

Thank goodness for Tripadvisor reviews leading me to The Strathness House which is an affordable hotel with great service and even better views. They only have 12 rooms and only 8 have views so if you go, book early.

Strathness House, Inverness

Strathness House, Inverness

View from Room at Strathness House, Inverness

View from Room at Strathness House, Inverness

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