Inverness, Nairn & Badenoch & Strathspey Schools' Cultural Co-ordinators
Loch an Eilein, by Aviemore Primary
Pupils from Aviemore Primary visited Loch an Eilein with Heritage Officer Andrew Ferguson and artist John McNaught.
Loch an Eilein can be found in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. The castle, situated on an island on the loch, is believed to have been used as a defensive site by the Wolf of Badenoch. In the late 17th century the castle's defences were put to the test by the defeated Jacobite forces retreating from Cromdale.
During their visit the pupils from Aviemore Primary learnt about the wide variety of plants and trees growing in this area. They collected an assortment of berries, fungus, mushrooms, cones and flowers and incorporated these into their final image. They also took a mono-print of a leaf and collaged this into their image. The castle can be seen in the top right of the picture. Unfortunately this is now derelict and can only be viewed from a distance.