This evening, I am presenting a photo record of a just completed eight day Scotland tour.

Here is Craigmillar Castle, a former home of the Preston family, which is located a few miles S.E.of Edinburgh and dates from the 1400s. This is not in such a ruinous state as many Scottish castles and is worth a visit.

Herbaceous garden at Dirleton Castle

Vaults at Dirleton Castle. Our visit coincided with a wedding.

Dirleton Castle with wedding reception in progress.

Rosslyn Chapel. This dates from the 1400s and took 40 years to build. Temporary roof facilities drying out of the stonework and will be removed in 2009.The Chapel is famous for its internal carvings and connection with the Da Vinci Code.

The National Monument at Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh

View of the Royal Mile at Edinburgh. This is the historic part of the City and best seen on foot.

View of Edinburgh from the Castle

St. Margaret’s Chapel at Edinburgh Castle

Intrepid mountaineers atop Arthur’s Seat

View of Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat

Dunfermline Abbey which dates from the 12th century.

King Robert the Bruce‘s tomb in Dunfermline Abbey

St. Monan’s Church
on the Fife Coast. This is a fascinating building dating to the 13th century.

Inside St. Monan’s Church, which has strong links with the local fishing and shipping industries.

Famous fish and chip bar at Anstruther. We had a good lunch here.

View of quaint but working fishing village at Crail

Swilken Bridge at Old Course, St. Andrews

St. Rule’s Tower at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The energetic can climb this tower and benefit from great views of the City.

View of St. Andrews from atop the Tower.

Intrepid Tour Guide!
Carved Pictish stones from the collection at Meigle in Perthshire

Edradour Distillery, near Pitlochry. An excellent free tour is provided for visitors.

Whisky Still at Edradour

Culloden Battlefield near Inverness. This was the site of the last battle on British soil-in 1746. There is an excellent visitor centre with detailed information on the famous battle.

Memorial to the fallen clansmen at Culloden.

Who is this? We are on the banks of Loch Ness, so no prizes for the correct answer!

View of Loch Ness from Castle Urquhart

This is a likeable beast. Big horns but very placid. We got very up close whilst touring on Mull.

Iona Abbey viewed from the approaching ferry. A very quiet and spiritual place.

Inside the Abbey
Carved stone with Pictish influence at Iona.

Cloisters at Iona

This is not the Canadian Pacific. However, it does provide a fun ride from Craignure on Mull to nearby Torosay Castle, a distance of about 1.5 miles.

Local vegetation, which reflects the warm, damp, mild climate.

Torosay Castle. Here we encountered an unusual dog-a Labradoodle!

Images of Tobermory, the capital of Mull. Note the very colourful buildings-and tame sea birds!

View of the landscape ( or seascape) from near our lodgings.

View of Inveraray. This is an unusual planned town dating from the 18th century. This town makes an excellent base for touring Argyll and Kintyre

Inveraray Maritime Museum aka Arctic Penguin

Images of Auchindrain Township near Inveraray.
This is a reconstruction of an original West Highland village.

View of Loch Lomond
The following images are of the quaint village of Luss which sites on the shore of Loch Lomond.

Here is a ‘hogback’ grave marker at Luss church which dates from Viking times.

A greedy bunny completely unpeturbed by the locals.

Colourful gardens at Luss village

View of Luss with the Loch in background.

Now we are in Glasgow. Our first visit was to the famous Cathedral which dates from the 12th century and managed to survive the Reformation relatively intact.

Glasgow’s emblem

Inside the Cathedral

Glasgow Necropolis ( City of the dead). On this site close to the Cathedral are buried the great and good of Victorian Glasgow.

Inside Glasgow’s oldest house, Provand’s Lordship

Templeton’s carpet factory at Glasgow Green. A very unusual piece of architecture.

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. We took the opportunity to watch a display of Scottish Country Dancing inside.

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