On August 19th, 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart raised his standard at Glenfinnan. This was the start of his campaign to regain the throne for his father.

The monument in the photo marks the event, which locals refer to as "the '45".

This camper was HUGE. The camper is based on a six wheel MAN truck. However the conversion has no windows, so, I'm thinking it will be a bit gloomy inside.

I've photographed, and then posted about, some extreme rugged campers this year. I really wish I'd used an appropriate hashtag for the posts.

The birch trees are dropping yellowed leaves already. Autumn is starting early.

On August 16th 1745, the first engagement of the Jacobite Rising took place at the High Bridge, which spanned the River Spean (part of General Wade's military road).

11 MacDonald's of Keppoch engaged 85 government troops who were travelling to Fort William (from Fort Augustus) to strengthen the garrison.

By leaping about, playing their pipes and shouting, the MacDonalds convinced the government commander that they were a much bigger force.


I've been wanting to meet another Akbash owner ever since I got . However, the breed is very rare in Scotland, and the UK, for that matter. So, not very likely to happen.

Then, this happens on my "doorstep":


An Akbash has to be rescued from Beinn Nibheis.

BTW an Akbash isn't a mountain dog.

It was another scorcher for this afternoon's , 30°C in the glen behind the house.

We enjoyed the day, and we aren't looking forward to the rain forecast for to-morrow afternoon.

Photo taken on to-day's main .

The last few days have been quite sunny. It makes a change. The weather has been very poor this summer, particularly in comparison with the scorcher last year. Constantly having to dry , along with her halters and leashes soon becomes wearing.

We will both enjoy this weather while we can.

It was very sunny, to-day. So, it was lucky we had found a shaded place to park the car. , in particular, doesn't like sitting in a hot car.

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Rugged campervans are becoming ever more popular. Spotted this one to-day.

Note it is called "Knuffi". 😃

The lochside isn't steep along this section of the path. Consequently, there are lots of nice pebble beaches to be explored by canines and humans.

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To-day's main was along the western shore of Loch Lòchaidh. The section we did was mostly beech forest, and had a gravel footpath for the whole distance. The path is part of the Great Glen Way. For August it was amazingly quiet, we only met two mountain bikers.

This cairn marks the location of the last inter-clan battle fought in Scotland.

Blàr a' Mhaoil Ruaidh (the Battle of Mulroy) took place on August 4th 1688. The MacDonalds of Keppoch were defending their right to hold the lands of Brae Roy against the Mackintoshs.

The Mackintoshs were assisted by government troops, and the MacDonalds may have been strengthened by their kinsmen from Glengarry and Glencoe.

The MacDonalds prevailed.

So, Nicola has fired the starting gun for the next independence referendum.

About time, too.

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