This morning was the start of the final leg of the 48 hour photography tour of Scotland in winter. We had been incredibly fortunate with the previous two days as manifested in a combination of sunshine and snow covered landscape. The one downside being electricity cut in Mallaig as a function of damage caused by the recent hurricane force winds.

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Kenmore Hotel in central Scotland. The weather was not on our side in that it was raining and dark. First stop was the nearby Croft Moraig Stone Circle which we viewed in the dawn half light. This circle has its origins around 3000BC and is one of the more important such Neolithic sites on mainland Scotland.

Croft Moraig, Stone Circle

Croft Moraig, Stone Circle, Scotland

Next we drove back to Kenmore and then tracked the northern edge of Loch Tay through to Killin at the southern end of Loch Tay and our immediate objective of the Falls of Dochart  which were in full spate after the recent rains.

At this stage we were still experiencing heavy rain and so decided to drive on to Stirling Castle. Fortunately, the rain progressively eased and were able to stop for photographs of Loch Lubnaig en-route to Stirling.

Loch Lubnaig, Trossachs

Loch Lubnaig, Trossachs, Scotland

Nearer to Stirling we came across a part frozen flooded field which proved an interesting subject. Then we stopped to photograph an old stone built pack-horse bridge which straddles the River Teith.

Pack Horse Bridge, River Teith

Pack Horse Bridge, River Teith, Scotland

We duly arrived at Stirling about 11.30am. We started by taking some images of  the south aspect of the castle sittig on its volcanic stump and then went on to visit the castle proper which entailed a  a quick tour including the recently refurbished royal apartments,latter being very colourful and impressive.

South View, Stirling Castle

South View, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Main Entrance, Stirling Castle

Main Entrance, Stirling Castle, Scotland

 

Royal Palace at Stirling Castle

Royal Palace at Stirling Castle, Scotland

 

Interior of Royal Apartments

Interior of Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

 

Re-enactment at Royal Apartments

Re-enactment at Royal Apartments, Stilring Castle

From the vantage point of Stirling Castle a good view of the Wallace Monument can be obtained.

Wallace Monument, Stirling

Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

After some refreshments at Stirling we headed east to Edinburgh Airport to enable guest to connect with return flights.

Overall, an excellent trip with guest interested in another such photo tour next year.

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