|Remnant of Fortrose Cathedral|
The entire cathedral was very large, but Oliver Cromwell had most of it pulled down so he could build a fortress in Inverness. He had little use for either the Catholic Church or the Anglican Church.
|Sarcophagus of a medieval bishop|
It still has nice vaulting in the ceiling. Soaked and hungry, we raided the bakery across the way for hot tea and treats.
This next photo is of a ruin of a foot bridge. I assumed it had been built before 1600; but since posting this, discovered it was built in 1717. It is still the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands.
|Packhorse bridge at Carrbidge|
We spent our second week across from the Isle of Skye at Kyle of Lochalsh. And from our window, we could see the ruins of Castle Moil (also called Maol, Dun Akyn, etc) across on Skye above the village of Kyleakin. It was the ancient seat of the Clan Mackinnon.
|This ruin dates from 15th century, but was built on earlier ruins|
|Beware the Tides - with no supervision, the sightseer is on his or her own.|
Again, we were the only tourists about as I took a photo of Jay on the easy part of the climb.
There is a Norse connection, for the castle came into Mackinnon hands by marriage in the year 900 to a Norse princess. And later, King Haakon IV is thought to have assembled his fleet of longships there before the Battle of Largs in 1263 (hence the name Kyleakin - Haakon's kyle). Haakon's defeat at Largs effectively ended Norse domination of the Scottish islands.
|Looking over the Strait of Kyle Akin|
|View of Kyleakin from the castle ruin|
|Protected on the tidal side by water, but always aware of possible attack from behind.|
Here's an old photograph I discovered in a restaurant of how it looked some years ago.