This afternoon, I collected guests at Edinburgh Aiport and the proceeded to:

Castle Campbell,an extended Tower House, located high on the Ochills  near Dollar about 10 miles from Stirling in central Scotland.This castle dates from the 15th century and was formerly known as Castle Gloom. Acquired by the Campbells in 1481. It his associations with John Knox and Mary Queen of Scots. Fell into disrepair following occupation by Cromwell’s troops in 1653-4. Now manged by Historic Scotland. Elevation affords superb views  over the local countryside.

Castle Campbell, Dollar Glen

Castle Campbell, Dollar Glen, Scotland

Castle Campbell nr Dollar

Castle Campbell nr Dollar, Scotland

We then drove on to

Stirling Castle. This castle has a long and illustrious history combing both military function and royal residence. During the Wars of Independence was described as the ‘buckle in the belt’ of Scotland owing to its strategic importance in central Scotland. We looked round the Great Hall, Chapel, central section, kitchens,  weaving of tapestries and views towards the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297) where the Scots under Wallace secured a notable victory over the English.

Entrance to Stirling Castle

Entrance to Stirling Castle, Scotland

Great Hall at Stirling Castle

Great Hall at Stirling Castle, Scotland

Cannon a\t Stirling Castle

Cannon a Stirling Castle, Scotland

View of Ochills

View of Ochills from Stirling Castle

Finally we drove north through wonderful countryside to our lodgings at Glenshee surrounded by rugged Highland scenery from where I am writing this.

River scene at Glenshee

River scene at Glenshee, Scotland

Scenery at Glenshee

Scenery at Glenshee, central Scotland

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