S: The Woody Family in Scotland June 2011
FC: June 2011 Scotland | The Woody Family
1: We took the train from London to Edinburgh. It was a 4 hour ride and followed the coast. Very beautiful. We dropped our bags and began our experience with a tour of the Edinburgh Castle.
2: The Royal Mile
3: the world | Edinburgh
4: The Castle
5: The Castle in Edinburgh is fascinating. It sits atop a volcanic rock perched up high above much of the city. The Royal Mile entertains the Castle at one end and Holyrood Palace at the other end. We toured the Castle upon arrival and Holyrood Palace our last day before leaving Scotland. They are both incredibly different and have their own history attached to each. The views from the Castle are spectacular. You can see to the ocean and much more!
6: Beautiful train station views! | Many church spires dotted the landscape | The Royal Mile | the world | Edinburgh
7: Our hotel was two doors down from the Cafe where J.K. Rowlings began writing of Harry Potter. Here is our view from the room.
8: It was so hard to capture the beauty and strength of this fortress in photos. | The Audio Tours were fantastic! We learned alot while having fun!
9: The castle boasted many historic items and great detail in the architecture. The beams in the great hall were gorgeous. Lasge fireplaces as you can see here. Clan swords adorned the great hall along with their crests.
10: The Tour | The Underground | Vaults | a | don't feed the prisoners
11: In the Car | Fun! | On our second day in Scotland we hired a car and started off through the countryside. Beautiful yellow flowers were everywhere in the fields, a nice welcome to the Scottish Highlands!
13: Our first stop was Stirling Castle. This was an incredible stop with much history, as it is so close to Eginburgh. Driving across open fields we arrived at the Castle which included beautiful gardens.
14: Stirling Castle had a great hall with fireplaces and beautiful beams. It also had some great fun for the kids! Megan loved the dress up area!
15: Stirling Castle
16: St. Andrews | We were able to play 18 holes together!
17: The Beach at St. Andrews
18: St. Andrews While the boys checked out the pro shop, the girls checked out the beach.
19: Aberdeen Great food at an Australian restaurant and a fun beach park with the kids!
20: After reading the Outlander series, we had to stop by Fraser Castle. We were pleasantly suprised to find a natural play area for the kids. They loved it, even in the rain!
21: Fraser Castle
22: Driving thru Cairngorm National Park
23: Carrbridge Built with an arch to handle flooding
24: The museum was well done. You clearly understand the events leading up to the battle. The outside wall depicts the losses with 50 stones jutting out for British and 1500 for the Scots.
25: Culloden Battlefield & Memorial
26: Clava Cairns
27: These grave sites were built between 3-4000 years ago. 12 stones surround each grave. The chambers were carefully and deliberately aligned. Passages were made to be dark except during midwinter solstice.
28: Harrods & Paddling thru Hyde Park | Driving through the Cairngorm National Park, on our way to Inverness, we stumbled upon viaducts, waterfalls, and streams.
29: L A N D M A R K | P A R K
30: ian | megan | in landmark park
31: climb | hang | swing | smile
32: We hiked a beautiful trail at Glen Nevis just outside Fort William. This is where they filmed Harry Potter's Goblet of Fire.and the Dragon task. At the end of the trail was an incredible waterfall.
36: Hiking Glen Nevis
37: When Megan got tired, her brother volunteered to carry her along the path. They both whistled and sang along the way and skipped rocks when the chance arrived.
38: Glenfinnan Monument & Glenfinnan Viaduct ...looking for Hogwarts Express The Bonnie Prince began his attempted rising of the Stuarts here at the head of Loch Shiel. The rising ended at Culloden.
40: Urquhart Castle is one of the largest castles in Scotland
41: Urquhart Castle stands above Loch Ness We looked and looked for Nessie... Urquhart Castle was blown up to prevent use by the Jacobites.
42: Isle of Skye We drove west to the islands and visited the Eileen Donan Castle and Dunvegan Castle.
43: Dunvegan Castle on the Western tip of the Isle of Skye. Known as the Fairy Flag Castle of the Macleod Chiefs.
44: The Gardens at Dunvegan
45: Eileen Donan | Eilean Donan Castle We drove past on the way to and from the Isle of Skye. This is where they filmed Highlander.
46: Inverness We stayed here three days on the waterfront in a historic B ed & Breakfast
47: Loch Lomond Tea Time Yum Yum!
48: Glencoe A beautiful valley with a sad history. The massacre of their hosts, the MacDonalds in Glencoe Village. by the Campbells.
51: Ayr We splurged at the Turnberry Hotel on our way to Hunterston. The hotel included a beacutiful pool overlooking the ocean.. We had dinner of local fare at a restaurant with a great seaside park. Megan made a friend at the hotel and asked to have his picture made with her. He was flattered. and blushed.
52: Hunterston We left early to meet Bill Hunter for our tour stopping at a wonderful bakery in West Kilbride along the way.
53: The drive up to the castle was incredible. A tree lined road that just takes you back as you feel you are entering a piece of history. | We had prearranged the tour with Bill sending him family history to do so.
54: We learned so much history on the tour. We started in the original building. The basement is the first floor where a ladder would take you to the main room through a trap door. Stairs were added later. There were many historical artifacts, the family crest, tartan and other details. The Castle was built iaround 1250. We were able to view the lands from the turrets and Bill had the kids try on historic helmets.
56: There were cubbies built for candles and lanterns. Large fireplaces for heat and food. We even saw the bathroom! The ceiling beams were all original.
58: Rooftop View
59: We were able to see the charter from King Robert 2nd in May 1374 confirming the grant of lands to a William Hunter for his faithful services rendered.
60: The Hunters are of the Bow and Arrow
61: Family History
62: The Gardens
64: Bill was a wonderful guide. So kind to Ian and Megan and gave us so much great detail!
65: The Hunters built a second home in the 18th centruy closer to the beach as they did not need constant protection.
66: It was hard to say goodbye.. Ian and Megan promised they would bring their families for a visit.
67: Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh our last tour in Scotland
69: The Holyrood Abbey
71: Last day in Scotland | The kids had fun just messing around.. Our hotel was just below the Edinburgh castle.