Red Squirrel at Balmoral Castle, Scotland

This morning, I collected guest from central Glasgow, Scotland and then embarked on a trip as follows:

First north into central Scotland, past Stirling Castle and the world’s tallest hedge at Meikleour then through Blairgowrie and productive farmlands to progressively higher elevations of the Cairngorms where we stopped for refreshments at Glenshee Ski Centre.

Glenshee Sji Centre, Scotland

Next, on to Braemar, past Braemar Castle to our destination of Balmoral Castle which ahs been associated with the British Royal Family since the 1850s. Fortunately, the threatened rain held off and we are able to enjoy the gardens, River Dee and Highland landscapes in dry conditions.By coincidence, our arrival at Balmoral coincided with a rally of classic cars.

Video clip of classic cars

Colourful flower display at Balmoral Castle

Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Landscape view of Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Bee at work at Balmoral Castle

Heather in bloom at Balmoral Castle

River Dee at Balmoral, Scotland

After about three hours at the castle we visited Crathie Kirk ( where the Royal Family worship) and the nearby burial-place of Queen Victoria’s famous servant, John Brown.

Crathie kirk, Scotland

Crathie Kirk, Scotland

John Brown memorial at Crathie, Scotland

Next, we drove south-east, passing through Ballater then rugged Highland scenery to Fettercairn and Edzell where we stopped for refreshments. Finally, we arrived at our destination of Dundee where we checked into our hotel about 7.00pm.

Tomorrow, we visit Glamis Castle and other sites.