Cairngorm Mountains, Aviemore

Cairngorm Mountains, Aviemore, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Ballifeary Guest House, Inverness after breakfast and drove south to our first stop at Aviemore. This small town is located in the Cairngorm mountain region and is popular with hikers, birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts. We had coffee at a high elevation restaurant which offorded superb views over the snow-capped mountains. Our visit coincided with the scheduled  departure of the Strathspey Steam Train  from Aviemore which was an added bonus.
Next we drove down the A9 to our next stop of Dunkeld with a photo stop for Blair Castle en-route..At Dunkeld tour guest played his Scottish Small Pipes  in the Taybank Pub which itself is a popular music venue. We also had a light lunch here. After a short walk around the centre of Dunkeld we continued south to our next destination of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.
We visited all main aspects of Stirling Castle including Great Hall, Royal Chapel and Kitchens. The recently restored Royal Apartments were of particular interest with assistance from actors in period costume.
After departing Stirling Castle, we continued south to our final destination of Edinburgh but  first availing of a light meal at the Granary Pub on Leith’s popular waterfront.
Final drop-off was neraby where we exchanged fond farewells at conclusion of  a fascinating 10 day round Scotland tour with emphasis on the Outer Hebrides.

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