Today, I am posting some images from a just-completed two day tour

First stop was at Glengoyne Distillery (whiskey) where we enjoyed an exclusive tour, learning all about the whiskey making process from malting to mashing to fermentation to distillation to maturation. Glengoyne is one of the few Scottish distilleries still in private hands and is best known for its 12 year old single malt.

Here is a view of the distillery. In the foreground are the sheds where the whisky is held to maturity.

Distillery tour guide in full flow.


This pagoda type building is the old malting barn. Malted barley is now brought in from a third party supplier but in the old days was produced on site in a very labour intensive manner.



View of the copper stills. Photos are not allowed inside the Distillery for safety reasons.


After the Distillery we moved on to Aberfoyle for some shopping and then Callander where we encountered Hamish, the famous Highland Cow (or bull!).


After lunch at Lake of Menteith we moved to visit Stirling Castle. This is very popular with visitors and offers outstanding views over the local countryside due to elevation atop an extinct volcano.
This is an image of the former Royal palace built by King James V and dates from 1538-42. These former royal apartments are in process of an extensive refurbishment to restore to near original condition.


This is the Forework Gatehouse built by King James IV in 1503. Originally, there were four round towers, each with a conical top.


View from Stirling Castle looking towards the Wallace Monument of ‘Braveheart’ fame.


View of the Bowling Green and garden at Stirling Castle


Inside the refurbished Great Hall at Stirling Castle. This was built by Kin g James IV between 1501 and 1504. There is a spectacular hammer beam roof made from local grown oak.


Stained glass in the Great Hall
Another aspect of the Palace

The following two images are of the exterior of the Great Hall. The gold exterior has been re-created to replicate the original colour which was intended to stand out in the local landscape as a symbol of power and wealth.


Tapestries in the Chapel Royal. These were made locally on-site and it is possible to view the weavers undertaking their skilled work.


The first stop of Day 2 was a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, near Edinburgh. This was founded in 1446 as the Collegiate Chapel of St. Matthew by Sir William St. Clair. The chapel took some 40 years to complete. The heavily carved ornate interior attracts visitors from all around the world and gives rise to much speculation on meanings of the carvings.More recently, the chapel was associated with the Da Vinci Code which has contributed to a big uplift in visitor numbers.Images below were taken in 2007, prior to the current ban on photography in the Chapel.


This is the famous Apprentice Pillar at Rosslyn


After Rosslyn, we visited Edinburgh. Here is the interior of St. Giles Cathedral.This mainly dates from the 14th century. Being a Presbyterian Church the building can longer technically be described as a Cathedral, but the old name lingers on.

Here is a view of the Firth (bay) of Forth from Calton Hill. Visibility was unusually clear at time of our visit, although temperature was not conducive to sunbathing! The image shows where the River Forth enters the sea near Edinburgh. In the distance can be seen the Fife Coast. Immediately below is the industrial port of Leith.


This is the National Monument at Calton Hill. This dates to 1822 and was designed as a church whose exterior was intended to be a replica of the Parthenon, although funding dried up prior to completion.


View of Edinburgh form Calton Hill. Note the famous Castle on the middle distance.

Palace of Holyrood House. This is the official residence of H.M.the Queen in Edinburgh and mainly dates from the 17th century to the design of Sir William Bruce. We enjoyed a tour of this interesting and historic building which has connections with Mary Queen of Scots.


This is the ruined Abbey of Holyrood, which was one of Scotland’s richest ecclesiastical foundations and became the Chapel Royal in the 16th century. Both Abbey and Palace are located in very pleasant gardens.

This is a view of the Palace Yard with fountain in foreground. This fountain was constructed in 1859 using the fountain at Linlithgow Palace as a model.


Here is the World’s End pub on the Royal Mile. We enjoyed some fish and chips here in a very traditional atmosphere.


Overall, an interesting tour providing an interesting insight into Scotland’s heritage and culture.

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