Highland Cow at Glamis Castle

This morning, we departed our lodgings in the Highlands village of Braemar and with weather much improved embarked on a tour as follows:

First, we drove east for about 1 mile and called in at Braemar Castle for photographs of the impressive structure which dates from the early 17th century and is associated with Clan Farquharson . Next, we drove S.E.for about 90 mins, along Royal Deeside, past Balmoral Castle ( Royal residence), Crathie Kirk and rolling green countryside with forests and farmland. En-route we encountered numerous cyclists and then a half marathon near Stonehaven.

Braemar Castle, Scotland

We finally arrived at our first destination of Dunnottar Castle in warm sunshine. This impressive ruin is perched on a cliff and as such affords good views of the coast and local landscape. This castle has a long and complex history being associated with Clan Keith and the Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Inside Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Inside Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Coastal view from Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Next. we continued south to the village of Aberlemno where we stopped to view some fine examples of Carved Pictish Stones dating back, possibly, to the 8th century.



Carved Pictish Stone in Aberlemno Church Burial Ground

Carved Pictish Stone at Aberlemno, Scotland

Detail of Carved Pictish Stone, Aberlemno, Scotland

Next, we continued south to Glamis Castle, an extensive and well-preserved structure surrounded by parkland, woodland and well maintained gardens. There was also a herd of  photogenic Highland Cattle in a nearby field. Glamis features in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, is home to the Earl of Strathmore and was the birthplace of the current Queen’s mother, also Queen Elizabeth. Guests joined an escorted tour of the castle which lasted about 1 hour.

Highland Cow with Calf at Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, Scotland

Finally we drove for about 45 minutes. through rolling farmland with soft fruit cultivation, into central Scotland and our lodgings for the night in the pleasant small town of Dunkeld which sits on the banks of the River Tay.

Tomorrow, we drive east to St. Andrews and the Fife Coast.

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