This morning, I collected guests from Caledonian Hilton, Edinburgh and then proceeded as follows:

First to Dunfermline Abbey Church whose foundation dates from 1072. This is an interesting site comprising (a) the ruined Abbey (b) ruined former Royal Palace (c) the Abbey Church which is an active place of worship (Presbyterian) and location of burial of Scotland’s King Robert The Bruce (14th C). Effectively, this site was the capital of Scotland until 1603 when King James VI of Scotland moved to London to become King of England as well. We viewed all the principal aspects and availed of the scenic views towards the Firth of Forth.

Scottish Thistles at Dunfermline

Scottish Thistles at Dunfermline, Scotland

Dunfermline Abbey Church, Dunfermline

Dunfermline Abbey Church, Dunfermline, Scotland

 

Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline

Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline, Scotland

Next to central Scotland. First we stopped at Birnam to walk along the banks of the River Tay and visit the Birnam Oak. Then to the Beatrix Potter Garden and Exhibition.

River Tay, Birnam

River Tay, Birnam, Scotland

Birnam Oak, River Tay

Birnam Oak, River Tay, Scotland

 

Next to nearby Dunkeld to have lunch at the Atholl Arms and then a walk down to visit the Cathedral and back along the bank of the Tay to the car.

Atholl Fountain, Dunkeld

Atholl Fountain, Dunkeld, Scotland

River Tay at Dunkeld

River Tay at Dunkeld, Scotland

Next a short trip up the A9 to Ossian’s Hall. We walked along the banks of the River Braan and then reached the stunning Falls of Braan  which provided  some good photo opps.

Falls of Braan, Dunkeld

Falls of Braan, Dunkeld, Scotland

Next we continued north to Blair Castle, a popular visitor attraction and seat of the Duke of Atholl. Guests toured the interior which took about 1 hour.

Blair Castle, Blair Atholl

Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland

After the visit to Blair Castle we drove north for about 90 mins to Inverness, capital of the Highlands and our lodgings for the night at a guest house on the banks of the River Ness.

Inverness, capital lof the Highlands

Inverness, capital lof the Highlands, Scotland

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