The Scottish country side is just breathtaking. We spent the whole day oohhhing and aahhing at every glen, ben, and loch in the Highlands. I could have spent a month there. Easily.
On our wee trip, we saw Linlithgow Palace (the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots), the Wallace Monument in Stirling (think Braveheart), Duone Castle (where some of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed), the charming town of Callender, the majestic scenery in Glencoe, Fort William, Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the British Isles), Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Pitlochry, and Edradour Distillery. We heard stories about the "kelpie" that is now known as Nessie and the infamous MacDonald clan massacre in 1692. We saw the smallest distillery in Scotland and red deer grazing in the Cairngorns National Park and hunting lodges just like the one in Skyfall (which was filmed in Scotland!). It is truly amazing how dramatic and gorgeous mother nature can be.
Here are some pictures from our day...
It was eerie how quiet the Royal Mile in Edinburgh was at sunrise:
A quick stop for "dough-rings" and tea at a charming bakery in Callender:
My love and me:
Scenes from Skyfall:
Just a wee bit of snow on the ground... it was freezing!:
Exploring the ruins of a castle:
I guess I'm a bit taller than the Scots were back in the day:
Loch Ness monster sculpture in Fort Augustus:
Hoping to spot Nessie:
If I remember correctly, this is a private residence that can be used for weddings. How amazing is that?!:
We ended our day with a glass of mulled wine in Pitlochry:
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