Reenactment Medieval Lady

Reenactment Medieval Lady at Doune Castle

This morning, I collected my tour group from Edinburgh New Town and then proceeded as follows:

  • First, about one hour drive to central Scotland with aim of visiting Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions. However, we were thwarted in our objective by no lesser a person than H.M. the Queen who was scheduled to visit the castle during the afternoon resulting in a closure of the castle to visitors until after her visit had concluded. Like many other visitors we diverted to nearby Doune Castle which has a link with Stirling Castle in that Doune was a former Royal hunting lodge for the Scottish royal family which resided at Stirling during medieval times.
Doune Castle, Doune

Doune Castle, Doune, Scotland

  • Doune Castle is a very substantial and well preserved castle sitting on the banks of the River Teith. The structure dates from the 14th century and is of such robust construction that it rarely changed hands due to military action. The castle has belonged to the Earls of Moray since 1590 and since then has witnessed much military activity including the Jacobite uprisings. It was restored in 1883 and subsequently featured in the comedy film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. We enjoyed our visit.
Inside Doune Castle, Doune

Inside Doune Castle, Doune, Scotland

  • Next we headed north through Crianlarich to Tyndrum and a lunch stop at the Green Welly.
  • Next across the desolate Rannoch Moor to Glencoe, one of Scotland’s best scenic landscapes. Unfortunately the heavy rain allowed only a brief photo stop so we continued north tracking Loch Linnhe to Fort William.
  • At Fort William we joined a tour of the Ben Nevis Distillery to learn the whisky making process through malting, mashing and fermentation to distillation and maturation. An interesting tour of this Japanese owned business.
Whisky Stills at Ben Nevis Distillery

Whisky Stills at Ben Nevis Distillery, Scotland

  • Next we continued up the Great Glen to Fort Augustus where we had a brief view of Loch Ness, although we could not stop long due to the wet and windy weather conditions.
Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus

Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus, Scotland

  • After Fort Augustus, we returned along the Glen to Spean Bridge for some afternoon tea.
  • Finally, we embarked on the long return trip to Edinburgh connecting with the A9 and then down past Pitlochry and Dunkeld and across the River Tay arriving back in Edinburgh at 9.00pm after a long but successful day.
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