Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Inveraray, Argyll and then drove for a few minutes to nearby Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll who is also Chief of Clan Campbell. This is a superb 18th century, Adam designed mansion which replaced an earlier medieval castle. Here we visited the castle interior and gardens.

Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland

Next, we drove for about 1 hour, past Loch Long and Arrochar to Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. This is a quaint village comprising 19th century houses originally built to house workers in a nearby slate quarry. We also ventured out on to the short pier to view Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond (mountain). We also walked along the bank of the loch to St. Kessog’s Church where we encountered a wedding (bride entering church with entourage). Then we went to visit the Viking era grave called a ‘hogback’.

Quaint Cottage, Luss

Quaint Cottage, Luss, Scotland

Ben Lomond, Trossachs

Ben Lomond, Trossachs, Scotland

After completing our Luss tour we drove for about one hour into the Trossachs National Park to pay a short visit the shop at Glengoyne Distillery  which is located on the very southern tip of the Highlands boundary line.

Glengoyne Distillery, Trossachs

Glengoyne Distillery, Trossachs, Scotland

Next we drove for about 90 mins to Roslin to visit the Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th century masterpiece of stone carving which has become famous due to the connection with the Da Vinci Code book and film. We arrived just in time to participate in the 3.00pm scheduled talk and tour which was well received.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Scotland

Rosslyn concluded our touring for the day and hence we drove into Edinburgh and lodgings.

Tomorrow, we visit Dirleton and other castles south of Edinburgh.

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