Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, is one of my favourite places to visit. The staff are always smiling and happy and of course it a favourite of my guests too, as my most popular tour as well of the Isle of Skye of course.

So to follow on from the last post, I have this wonderful machine called the IPAD Air2 and this past two weeks guests have been showing me how to use it for photo’s.  so I thought I would share with you my first two attempts at panorama shots.  But as usual I am using the Ipad instead of the PC and it doesnt let me post them to here lol.  So here are some I did take this week which are not panoramic but still good.

   
 

Isle of Skye

Day trip to Isle of Skye.  Ok so I finally thought I had cracked the problem, of how to keep up my blog while making time to drive, show off the Highlands, keep up with bookings, diary and the other hundred and one things that need to be done.  Yesterday I bought myself an Ipad air, my old Ipad just ran out of space!  I also bought the keyboard to make it into a small laptop, I have WIFI in the car so hey presto while waiting for guests at Eillean Donan castle I write the blog.  I told you all about the sights I was seeing, the flowers still in bloom, the air still and mild at around 18c and the wonderful smell of the salty sea air that cannot be replicated in any room deoderiser, (no matter what they promise).

I even took a picture lol.  So what could go wrong, a good use of the waiting time, a job well done……except I lost it, lol it said saved, but I lost it.  so here I am at home having wasted half an hour trying to find it again and decided to give it up as a bad job and just write something else.

So without further ado,  here are a few of todays pictures on our tour to the Isle of Skye taken with the new Ipad.

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ionahighlandtours.com 2015

Ionahighlandtours.com has already got off to a good start, bookings are coming in at a reasonable pace and already we have had three tours this past two months, snow has fallen and made the highlands beautiful but a few tours cancelled as they couldn’t get here.  The deer are down and yesterdays tour to the Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan castle was particularly good with around hundred deer spotted over the day.  The weather in Scotland is as always unpredictable, so yesterdays tour had a couple of very heavy showers and mostly sunshine, so much so we enjoyed an outdoors picnic in the sunshine.

There are new calves around of the Highland cattle and any day now we should have some new lambs, I cant wait to see them always a favourite of myself and guests.

These are the pictures I choose of yesterdays tour I do hope you enjoy them.

returning from Isle of Skye the deer were all enjoying their supper

returning from Isle of Skye
the deer were all enjoying their supper

This stag on the Loch Carron road was just beautiful to see

This stag on the Loch Carron road was just beautiful to see

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All you need is a camera and you can bag as many deer as you like, these were all having supper on our way back from isle of Skye

All you need is a camera and you can bag as many deer as you like, these were all having supper on our way back from isle of Skye

 

Towards the end of our day to the isle of Skye. The sun was shinning, and scenery was stunning

Towards the end of our day to the isle of Skye. The sun was shinning, and scenery was stunning

looking for more carrots at Invergordon

looking for more carrots at Invergordon

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2015 Approaches – where did the time go?

2015 already, where did all the time go?  2014 has been a wonderfully busy year.  I have had such pleasure showing the Highlands off to everyone.  I made new friends met new people and even got given a new name!  to one particular guest I am now Miss Wendy, such a sweet family who I really enjoyed taking to Ben Nevis to see the snow.  A new tour was added called the Outlander tour which proved to be very popular, anyone who hasn’t yet read the Diana Gabaldon books really should, she has such a good take on the history of the Highlands and got the highlanders characters spot on.  I read all eight books and was so sad when I had finished them.  of course they have now made a TV series of it for those who don’t like reading.

 

Another new addition this year was to go to Oban and Glen Coe, unfortunately the weather didn’t allow for good pictures, on every occasion I have been it has rained, so my new years resolution is to go on the first sunny day we have and get some pictures.   We saw a lot of wild life, this past two weeks the deer have even crossed the road in front of us, of course as I am the driver I never have my camera to hand when I need it.

 

So as I wish you all a happy New year for 2015 I leave 2014 with just a few of these pictures, and look forward to posting new ones of all the new people I will meet this coming year.  I am so excited and looking forward to it.

 

Rainbow The Cuillins of SkyeLochness

view of the Grampians

view of the Grampians

Clootie well

Highland Cow

Highland Cow

Comando Monument Spean bridge. Grampians behind

Comando Monument Spean bridge. Grampians behind

2015 where did all the time go?

2015 already, where did all the time go?  2014 has been a wonderfully busy year.  I have had such pleasure showing the Highlands off to everyone.  I made new friends met new people and even got given a new name!  to one particular guest I am now Miss Wendy, such a sweet family who I really enjoyed taking to Ben Nevis to see the snow.  A new tour was added called the Outlander tour which proved to be very popular, anyone who hasn’t yet read the Diana Gabaldon books really should, she has such a good take on the history of the Highlands and got the highlanders characters spot on.  I read all eight books and was so sad when I had finished them.  of course they have now made a TV series of it for those who don’t like reading.

 

Another new addition this year was to go to Oban and Glen Coe, unfortunately the weather didn’t allow for good pictures, on every occasion I have been it has rained, so my new years resolution is to go on the first sunny day we have and get some pictures.   We saw a lot of wild life, this past two weeks the deer have even crossed the road in front of us, of course as I am the driver I never have my camera to hand when I need it.

 

So as I wish you all a happy New year for 2015 I leave 2014 with just a few of these pictures, and look forward to posting new ones of all the new people I will meet this coming year.  I am so excited and looking forward to it.

 

Rainbow The Cuillins of SkyeLochness

view of the Grampians

view of the Grampians

Clootie well

Highland Cow

Highland Cow

Comando Monument Spean bridge. Grampians behind

Comando Monument Spean bridge. Grampians behind

New Website

Well its been a while since my last blog, partly due to being busy and partly redesigning the new website.  it would be good to get feedback on it.  The website now has virtual tours although this is still a work in progress.  There is also a new tour added.  The Outlander book tour. This is now being televised and proving to be a popular addition.  The story of the books for those who have not read it.  Clair goes to get a flower for her collection, and falls through the split stone and lands in the highlands 200 years previously.  there she meets many challenges and falls in love with Jamie. although she didn’t realise she had until she was forced to marry him in order to save her life.  The books are very good historically, and the Author Diane Gabaldon has has correctly identified the nature of the Highlanders and their way of life.  A must read for anyone interested in history and culture.  Once you start to read these books you wont want to put them down.  The tour takes in the Split stone, Culloden battlefiled, Beauly priory as well as Lochness and Urquhart castle. Check out the tours and leave your feedback if you have time.

Outlander Tour - follow Jamie and Claire in Diana Gabalon's Outlander

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Rainbows

Rainbows are the best thing our weather allows for.  In the past seven days during 2 tours we have seen ten of them. some brighter than others but never the less very pretty.  here are just a few of the pictures we managed to take. Autumn is the best time for rainbows as we often have bright sunshine with a little misty rain. September is always a good time to visit the highlands.

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Rainbow

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on the way to isle of Skye with Ionahighland tours.com

on the way to isle of Skye with Ionahighland tours.com

New Album of Lochness Photos

Lochness today was so pretty, with the sun shinning I decided to go and take some new photos with the new camera.  Lochness was really at her best, such clear blue water with the reflection of the deep blue sky.  We also stopped and took some pictures at the Caledonian canal, something I haven’t done yet, it was lovely to see a barge on it, I haven’t seen a barge for years. i

Lochness from Dores beach

Lochness from Dores beach

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Lochness

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Lochness Dores beach

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Dores beach

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original hand made nessie

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Urquhart Castle from Foyers side

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The Inn at Whitechapel

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The craft shop, Invermoriston

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Urquhart Castle

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Caledonian Canal

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Caledonian Canal

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Yellow submerine at Dromnodrochit used to search Lochness in past times

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Another boat used on Lochness

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Oban, Lochness and Skye

What a busy week its been, first a trip to Oban, then a tour all round Lochness and today Isle of Skye

Oban was a washout, I was so looking forward to it and posting some wonderful pictures but it rained so hard I used my camera once all day.  I somehow got lost coming home after dropping the guests off the other side of Oban and ended up 63 miles from Glasgow.  With the weather being as it was I decided not to visit Loch lLomond lol and drove home through the stunning Glencoe, unfortunately unable to see a thing because the rain was so hard.  I will just have to make another day to go and get pictures.  The scenery is stunning and wonderful to see.

The next tour was from Invergordon to Lochness, taking in Urquhart castle and Foyers Falls. We had a reasonable day but again rain spoiled the pictures a little, it didn’t stop us though and we enjoyed a lovely time together.

Today it was another shore excursion from invergordon, this time we went further afield to the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan castle and Loch Carron.  just to name a few of the places we visited.  We turned back at the old man of Storr to allow time to return to the ship.   We had a great time Sunshine and a few showers but it only rained while we drove and the sun shone when we stopped.  Everyone had a great time and we got back to the ship an hour ahead of schedule having missed out nothing.

Karen wanted to follow in her fathers footsteps

Karen wanted to follow in her fathers footsteps

Lochness shore excursion

Post on Comments – Tour enquiries

It has just come to my attention that some people have left enquiries in the comments box, for some reason these didn’t get emailed me so I have only just found them, I am so sorry for those who didn’t get a reply,  I am hopeful that this problem has now been sorted and that all post or comments will be received in a timely manner.   If you are making an enquiry for a tour please use the contact form as you will always get a quick response. of course you can always email me directly to wendy@ionahighlandtours.com