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Gargoyle at Stirling Castle, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Falkirk and embarked on a tour as follows:

First to Stirling Castle, a very popular tourist attraction in central Scotland. We visited all aspects of this extensive site which included:

  • Weaving Room
  • Royal Apartments
  • Chapel Royal
  • Great Hall
  • Kitchens

Stirling Castle, Scotland

Visiting dignatory in Great Hall at Stirling Castle

Rich decoration inside Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle

Visiting Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle

Weaving Room at Stirling Castle, Scotland

After lunch at the castle we moved on to the nearby Wallace Monument, a large tower which was built in the latter part of the 19th century to celebrate Scottish hero, William Wallace and his victory over the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. This entailed a climb up some 250 steps to reach the top of the monument from where we obtained excellent views over Stirling and the local landscape.

View from Wallace Monument

Wallace Monument, Scotland

Next, we drove north through Blairgowrie and Glen Shee to Braemar in the Highlands region. After a short walk around the village we drove west for a few miles, overlooking superb scenery of the River Dee Valley.

Braemar Landscape, Scotland

Braemar, Scottish Highlands

Upon return to Braemar we checked into our lodgings and availed of dinner.

Tomorrow, we drive east to visit Dunnottar Castle and other sites.

Glenlee at Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

This morning, I collected guests from Glasgow Airport and then embarked on a tour as follows:

First to Glasgow’s medieval Cathedral which dates from the 13th century, albeit on a Christian site which dates from around the 6th century. We were escorted around the building by an excellent Cathedral guide.

Interior of Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Blackadder Aisle, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Net we walked over to the Necropolis burial ground which features a large number of elaborate memorials and mausoleums from the 19th century representing the last resting place of the wealthy and famous from a time when Glasgow was the second city of the British Empire. This high elevation site afforded good views of Glasgow and hinterland.

Next, just across the road from the Cathedral to Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house which dates from the 1400s. This was originally part of the Cathedral complex but is now a museum.

Inside Provand’s ,Lordship, Glasgow

Next into the centre of Glasgow for afternoon tea at the Corinthian, an historic building with elaborately decorated interior.

Afternoon Tea at the Corinthian, Glasgow

Inside the Corinthian, Glasgow, Scotland

En-route to the car we witnessed HM the Queen exiting a city building surrounded by a small crowd.

H M The Queen at Glasgow, Scotland

Next, to Govan and Govan Old Church to view the famous Govan Carved Stones which date back to the early medieval period from around the 9th century.

Hogbacks at Govan Old Church, Scotland

Carved Stone at Govan Old Church, Scotland

Next, we drove north for about 1 hour to Bonnybridge where we stopped to view Rough Castle, a 2nd century AD fort on the Antonine Wall. For about 30 years in the 2nd century Antonine Wall was the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Sections of the Wall remain intact. This was built of turf on a stone foundation.

Antonine Wall at Rough Castle, Scotland

Antonine Wall at Bonnybridge, Scotland

Next to Falkirk, a short distance from Bonnybridge where we able to view another section of the Antonine Wall and the impressive Callendar House.
 
Finally we checked into our Falkirk hotel. Tomorrow we visit Stirling Castle and other sites.

Glen Etive, Scottish Highlands

This evening, I am posting information on the stunning, Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands.

This valley runs roughly north-south on the western edge of Rannoch Moor. It is accessed via a single track road which runs for 14 miles to its terminus at Loch Etive which is a tidal loch (lake) at foot of the glen. The road is accessed off the A82 opposite the Kingshouse Hotel.

The road is slow going but offers superb views of the mountainous scenery with features including:

  • Red deer.
  • Lush greenery.
  • River and burns ( streams).
  • Extensive rhododendron vegetation which can be colourful in the early summer.

Population is light extending to a handful of houses and farms.

The glen has featured in films such as Braveheart and Skyfall.

Video clip of River Etive at Glen Etive, Scotland

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Glen Etive, Scottish Highlands

Burn in Glen Etive, Scotland

Red Deer in Glen Etive, Scotland

Loch Etive, Scottish Highlands