Scottish Blackface Sheep at Aberfoyle

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Dunkeld and drove south for one hour to our first stop of Inchmahome Priory which is located on an island in the Lake of Menteith. This now ruined structure dates from the 13th century and was home to a contingent of Augustinian canons. Our key reason for visiting the site was the Mary, Queen of Scots connection; Mary was taken here as a child, in September 1547, for safety in the face of threat from an English army based near Edinburgh

Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland.

Lake of Menteith and Inchmahome Island

The Inchmahome island is also home to a variety of plant and wildlife. Our visit coincided with an excellent display of bluebells in bloom, resplendent in the warm sunshine.

Bluebell walk at Inchmahome

Upon returning the mainland we had lunch at the excellent Lake of Menteith Hotel with superb views over the lake.

Lake of Menteith Hotel

Next, we moved on to nearby Callander, a popular town on banks of the River Teith, where we availed of a shopping opportunity.

River Teith at Callander

Next, we continued round the rolling Trossachs scenery to Aberfoyle, on banks of the River Forth.  Here we had further shopping opportunities at the Scottish Wool Centre where rare breeds of sheep were on display.

Aberfoyle, Trossachs, Scotland

Hebridean Sheep, Aberfoyle, Scotland

Jacob Sheep at Aberfoyle, Scotland

Next, through Drymen to Balmaha on banks of Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond at Balmaha, Scotland

Finally, we arrived at our destination of Balloch, on southern tip of Loch Lomond by late afternoon.

Tomorrow, we move on to Glasgow.

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