Thursday, 22 August – Culloden Battleground, Clava Cairns, RSPB Loch Garten

We stayed in Inverness another night and drove out to Culloden Battlefield in the rain.

The museum is fascinating but for the most part they do not allow photographs. I watched  a demonstration on how to make and wear a kilt with no sewing needed (tip – a lot of pleating and a good belt). The volunteer was great and looked great in the kilt, with accessories:

Outside they had Highland cattle:

We drove on to Clava Cairns:

Despite the signs, there were kids climbing all over the cairns, knocking stones loose.

The cairns themselves were impressive:

Then we drove into the Cairngorms, through the Abernathy National Nature Reserve to the RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre:

Unfortunately, there are no ospreys nesting there currently (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/loch-garten-osprey-breeding-in-doubt-as-female-vanishes-r95ks8ckc) but there are certainly a lot of other birds to watch. While we were there at the wrong time to see their crested tits, golden eye ducks, Scottish crossbills, and capercaillies, we did see red squirrels, a male chaffinch in full color, blue and great tits, and coal tits.

Male chaffinch

Juvenile chaffinch

Juvenile chaffinch and juvenile robin

Coal tit

Wood Pigeon

Red Squirrels

The Abernathy Forest

Osprey nest with mast for webcam:

This evening we returned to the Avalon House B&B in Inverness.

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