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An Adventure into Scotland…
I’d like to share with you a recent exploration to Scotland that I made in Sept. Although Scotland may not be on your bucket list. It offers much more than the movie Brave Heart, the Loch Ness Monster, Sean Connery, and kilts. It’s history dates back to early sites around 8500 B.C. In more modern history, the country is filled with beautiful scenery, Royal Heritage, whiskey, castles, important University’s, great golf and much more.
The capital city of Edinburgh is a must see when visiting Scotland. The city is divided into the Old and New Towns with historic Edinburgh Castle sitting up on the city’s highest hillside on the opposite end of the “Royal Mile” from Holyrood Palace. Holyroodhouse has been the official residence of the Kings and Queens of Scotland since the 1600’s. The current Queen has lovely apartments here.
The shops and sights along the Royal Mile as well as the New Town are worth an afternoon stroll. There is lots to see and I’m sure you’ll hear some bagpipes along the way.
St Andrews, the home of the modern game of golf is only about an 1 1/2 north of Edinburgh along the coastline. It’s a quaint little town and people pay big bucks to golf here. I guess it’s like the Holy Grail of Golf.
Heading up towards the North Sea, castles like Dunrobin offer tours, falconry exhibits and beautiful views of the sea and countryside.
These Highland Cows look more like Shetland Ponies than cows but you see them dotting the countryside all over the highlands. There are historic battlefields to visit as well as local farms and villages. This area gave birth to our current Highland Festivals that take place all over the eastern U.S. The locals in the highland towns are quite friendly and welcome you into the taverns and pubs. They even welcome your dogs if they are well behaved.
The Orkney Islands across the North Sea can be reached by ferry and the lands here are virtually devoid of trees due to the strong winds and winters. The city of Kirkwall has a strong Viking influence and the area has many sites of ancient standing stones dating to the Mesolithic and Neolithic Era. This is the St Magnus Cathedral in the center of Kirkwall.
Standing stone sites of Scotland.
The village of Skara Brae is an UNESCO World Heritage site and dates to about 3180-2500 B.C. It is on the largest of the Orkney Island and is right on the coastline. The village itself was built into the sand and was mostly covered in he hillside.
Part 2 of my adventure in Scotland will post a little later this week, when we pick up the tour around Inverness and travel through the Glens of Scotland, tour some castles, look for Nessie and visit the Isle of Skye. I leave you with a few miscellaneous photos of lovely Scotland. Enjoy!
The Catholic Chapel on the Orkney Island
Edinburgh by night.
The Abbey at Holyroodhouse
Stay tuned and thanks for coming by.