Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day 5 ~ Edinburgh

 Stirling Castle

 Haymish the Scottish Cow

 It really is just like you think it will be

 A hill - they are all called hills here no matter how tall

 Charming village of Fort William

 The boys with their special olympic metal cokes

 Taylor with her coke olympic coke bottle

 The olympic torch - no idea who the runner is???

 The hill of Ben Nevis in the background

 A bagpiper at Loch Ness

 Looking for Nessie

 Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

We were greeted warmly in Scotland, our driver from the airport, David was so funny and made us feel  welcome.  Our day started early with a 11 hour tour of the Highlands, glens (valleys) and Loch Ness.  Our guide, David (different from our driver) took us up into the Highlands where we came upon castles, sheep dotted hills, red deer, scottish cows, and majestic lochs (lakes).  We heard all about the various Clans, Mary Queen of Scotts, the Vikings and Scottish folklore.  It is amazing to think that they have records dating back to 800 AD.  The city of Edinburgh itself is divided up into old and new - the new being the 1700's.  An unexpected pleasure was being able to see the Olympic flame run through the village of Fort William.  We lined the street with all of the locals and cheered as it passed by.  The great disappointment was that we were unable to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster.


janet said...

That countryside is breathtaking! I should have come! Love you