My home for the night. A beautiful Caravan site right on the coast From the inside of my warm and dry car I made a valiant attempt to cross this inlet to the island To find the lighthouse on the far side - but never made it. I blame the tide coming in and not... Continue Reading →
Stonefield Castle (Hotel) Tarbert Harbor Tarbert’s Healing Garden Skipness Castle Climbing onto this roof was… interesting.
“Rest and Be Thankful” Viewpoint Invarary Castle Inveraray Castle has been standing on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s, although the impressive castle we know today was inspired by a sketch by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in the 1700s. Vanbrugh died soon afterwards, but the great architect's gem... Continue Reading →
Balloch Castle- a county park now Park’s view of Loch Lomond Sassenach Coffee in Luss Village Luss Village Around 1,500 years ago, an Irish missionary, St Kessog, arrived at Loch Lomond, bringing Christianity to the area. At the time Luss was called Clachan Dhu (the dark village) because it lay in the shadow of the... Continue Reading →
The church is dedicated to the 6th century saint, St. Blane and this gives its name to the settlement: dunblane meaning hill of St Blane. The church also had an altar to St. Lawrence. The oldest surviving part of the church is the lower four storeys of the tower which date from around 1100AD. The... Continue Reading →
OK there was absolutely no way that I was only going to visit one highland games. Today was my second Highland Games in Crief. It's said the Highland Games originate from Ireland in 2000 BC and that they crossed the water to Scotland with the fourth and fifth century migrations of the Scotti into Dalriada... Continue Reading →
Today was the reason I flew all the way over here to Scotland. Seeing the Highland games has been on my bucket list for 20 years. ✔️ Toss that caber! William Wallace’s gravesite (allegedly). It points to where he was killed King James III. Killed in a battle. Or murdered? Mystery. William Wallace national monument... Continue Reading →
Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat of the Lyon family since 1372 when King Robert II granted the thanage of Glamis to Sir John Lyon. Four years later Sir John married the King’s daughter, Princess Johanna Stewart. Four years later Sir John married the King’s daughter, Princess Johanna Stewart. In the 1400s on the... Continue Reading →
Coffee stop in Stonehaven Harbor Entrance for the staff (the nicest, I think) Rear garden Death carriage Side garden Front entrance Tub, for a very small person. I would need crisco.
440 Million years ago, this 3-sided, 160 foot rock, surrounded by the North Sea, was formed. 5000 BC - 700 AD: Evidence of Picts living on the sea stack of Dunnicaer, just north of where the Castle is situated today, has been found by archaeologists from the University of Aberdeen. Carbon dating shows this to... Continue Reading →
Arbroath Abbey was founded in 1178 by William I – also known as William the Lion. William the Lion’s Gravesite Arbroath Abbey is best known for the Declaration of Arbroath. The most famous document in Scottish history was a letter to Pope John XXII sent by 39 Scottish nobles, barons and freemen in response to... Continue Reading →
I visited St. Andrews in the morning, toured the castle and the cathedral, and walked around the town. Then who doesn’t need a coffee shop in a toasty? Then I continued the drive north up the Fife coast to Broughty Castle. Broughty Castle Then to Claypotts Castle. It wasn’t open and there was nowhere to... Continue Reading →
Flew, landed, walked, car rental, left side, stick shift, not crashing, off I go. Quick stop at a grocery store, since I packed super light for these three weeks in a tiny Vauxal hatchback. Then, I was off. Abandoned dollie WWII fortifications Cramond Village, outside Edinburg Ruby Bay, Elie Hike to Lady’s Tower Elie Lighthouse... Continue Reading →