S: Scotland 2010
FC: S C O T L A N D
1: August 3, 2010 Glasgow The Cathedral and Necropolis (A hilltop graveyard that was ancient, peaceful and beautiful.) In the distance, we could hear a bag piper. What a perfect first evening in Scotland!
4: John brought discs and is hoping to play throughout Scotland! | We ate at The Counting House in George Square. It was a great old bank that had been converted to a restaurant and bar.
5: August 4 After driving south a "wee bit" over an hour, we've seen kilometers of rolling green hills, quaint, well-kept rock farmhouses, flowers, lots of sheep (sheared and unsheared), cows, rock walls and different cars! Being on the left side of the road is still disconcerting!
6: Colzean Castle Built between 1777 and 1792 Finding the Lego Men in each room was fun!
9: The Robert Burns Home Ayrshire An amazing thatched roof and beautiful rag rug.
10: A beautiful rock bridge over the River Doon built in the 1400's.
12: Kathleen Grahm sang and played her Scottish harp for us after dinner. | August 5 Stirling Castle began as a small church on a hill and grew to be a great fortress.
15: Church of the Holy Rude | Beautiful stained glass, ancient wood, dark, dank and peaceful!
18: Duonne Castle of Monty Python fame!
20: Lunch at Killmahog | Hamish a Scottish Cow | Alex Beaton our fabulous tour guide!
21: August 6 We leave our hotel in Glasgow and travel to Inverness for a three night stay. Barry is the driver of our "luxury coach". | The day is wonderfully gray and rainy. We pass Loch Ness and Loch Lomond, both are shrouded in Scottish fog!
24: The Old Bridge at Invermoriston
25: August 7 A day on the Isle of Skye and the city of Portree
26: John scattered his sister Marsha's ashes in Alex Beaton's MacLeod family cemetery.
27: A beautiful day on the Isle of Skye
28: The Eilean Donan Castle
29: August 8 Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness
33: Clava Cairns A three to four thousand year old burial ground in a beech tree grove
34: The Culloden Battlefield Government forces defeated the Jacobite Highland army in 1746
35: Our hotel in Inverness | Last evening, Mr. Hamilton piped and Elizabeth danced.
36: We leave Inverness and travel to Banchory. The town of Forres was filled with flowers! | August 9
37: Speyside Valley has many distilleries!
38: "Take a moment to behold as still skies or storm | winds blow. In sun, rain, sleet or snow | Warm your soul before you go." | Corgarff Castle Overlook
39: Peat! | We stopped to "unload weight" so the bus could cross a highly arched stone bridge.
40: The Royal Deeside in Banchory
42: August 10 Crathes Castle A beautiful day! "A period of brightness" (another "Beaton Bonus")
46: Kirk at Ballatar
47: Lawn Bowling!
48: What a fun evening! A talent show by our tour- mates. Then, Alex gave us engraved silver gifts!
49: August 11 A morning walk to the Falls of Feugh on the River Dee We leave Banchory and travel towards Edinburgh
50: The Waterfront at Dundee The ship "Discovery" used by Scott as he explored the South Pole in the early 1900's
51: The sea-side town of Anstruther known for their fish and chips!
52: St. Andrew University Disc Golf Course!
53: and.... St. Andrew's Golf Course!
54: August 12 The majestic Edinburgh Castle
56: Palace of the Holyrood
57: The Royal Mile An area filled with museums, shops, "closes", and "The Fringe", a festival of performing arts
58: Saint Giles Cathedral
61: Edinburgh Military Tattoo Diamond Jubilee
64: Abbotsford Home of Sir Walter Scott | August 13
67: Melrose Abbey
70: Scott's View | The last evening of our tour. Alex "addressed the Haggis", sang and shared this poem.
71: America for Me by Henry Van Dyke "Tis fine to see the Old World and travel up and down Among the famous palaces and cities of renown, To admire the crumblyh castles and the statues and kings But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things. So it's home again, and home again, America for me! My heart is turning home again and there I long to be, In the land of youth and freedom, beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air; And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair; And it's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome; But when it comes to living there is no place like home I like the German fir-woods in green battalions drilled; I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains filled; But, oh, to take your head, my dear, and ramble for a day In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her sway! I know that Europe's wonderful, yet something seems to lack! The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back. But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free We love our land for what she is and what she is to be. Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me! I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea, To the blessed Land of Room Enough, beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
72: August 14 After the tour finished, we stayed two extra days in Edinburgh! We traded our "luxury coach" for a two-decker public bus | With the Fringe and the glorious sunshine, the streets were full of tourists and locals!
73: Brass Rubbings | in an old church
74: We pass the neo-modern Parliament Building and hike to the highest point in Edinburgh, Arthur's Seat
76: "The Gothic Rocket" a tribute to Sir Walter Scott
77: August 15 The Scottish Museum
78: The legend of Greyfriar's Bobby | "Udderly Wild"
81: Haste ye back!