Glorious Scotland

Fair warning: this is going to be a photo heavy post!

Scottish countryside can be stark, but it is stunningly beautiful. On our second day in Scotland, our group had a walking tour of Edinburgh. Our guide — a warm and knowledgeable gent who looked stunning in his kilt, tweed jacket, and hat (but I sadly can’t recall his name now) — told us we were in the least beautiful part of Scotland. We scoffed. On our return to Edinburgh at the end of the trip I recalled his words and acknowledged to myself how right he was.

Blue Scottish Sky

I expected that the weather would be cool and wet, but we enjoyed mostly clear weather and several days with bright blue skies.

Priory vault

This was a splurge vacation for me which featured luxury accommodations and fine dining. My friend A and I saved a bit of money by sharing a room, but it was still one of the mostly costly vacations I’ve ever taken. I think it was money well spent.

Sam the Gypsy horse

We covered a lot of territory in the 15 days we were there: Edinburgh, Lake of Menteith, Stirling, St. Andrews…

West Sands

The Cairngorms…

Bringing in the sheep

Inverness and its surrounds (including Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns)…

Setting sun

Isle of Skye…

On Isle of Skye

with its fabled Black Cuillin mountains…

Cuillin Hills

and lastly a charming country town in Argyll where I saw famous whirlpool, lots of local wildlife…

Grey seals

rode a small but sturdy horse up and down hills for many hours…

Me riding Arran

and may or may not have been assaulted by a spectral presence in the 16th century house at which we resided.

I would love to return to Scotland some day. Until then, I have many fond memories…and a small amount of whisky to enhance them.

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Photo details. (To see larger photos or the entire set, just click on a photo and it will take you to the Flickr set.)

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith
  3. Castle Rednock, Port of Menteith
  4. West Sands, St. Andrews
  5. Leault Farm, Cairngorms
  6. Clava Cairns, outside Inverness
  7. Sligachan, Isle of Skye
  8. Portree, Isle of Skye
  9. Gulf of Corryvreckan, Argyll and Bute
  10. Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye