Flying an Owl at Dalhousie Castle

Today was characterised by light rain and strong winds in the morning progressively improving to sunshine in the afternoon.

We departed Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, about 9.30 am and then embarked on a tour as follows:

  • First to Dalhousie Castle about 30 minutes south of the city to join a small group falconry flying demonstration in which the visitors participated. Birds were raptors (e.g.eagles, buzzards, falcons and hawks) and owls. The display had to be curtailed because of the winds but nevertheless all the participants were able to fly a couple of birds in a session lasting about ninety minutes.

Group admiring Owl

Raptor in flight

Flying a raptor at Dalhousie Castle

Raptors at Dalhousie Caastle.

  • Next, we drove to nearby Rosslyn Chapel where we just arrived in time for the 12.15 pm informative talk by expert guide on the history of this unique 15th century structure with its multiple exquisite stone carvings both inside and out . The Chapel now ranks as one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions due to it featuring in the Da Vinci Code. Unfortunately, photography of the interior is no longer permitted.

Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland

  • Next, to Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery. This has a history dating back to the 19th century, and has a capacity of 1.8m litres of spirit p.a.  About 92 pct of the Distillery’s output is directed to various branded blends produced by drinks conglomerate, Diageo, e.g. Johnnie Walker. We joined a small group tour led by a very competent guide who escorted us trough the whisky making process from malting and mashing through fermentation, distillation and maturation. the tour culminated with samples of the single malt. Photography of the production process is not permitted.

Whisky Bar at Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie 12 Year-Old Single Malt.

Glenkinchie Distillery, East Lothian, Scotland

  • Next, we drove back to Edinburgh and a drive round Holyrood Park in the late afternoon sunshine. This trip provided good views of the Firth of Forth and city of Edinburgh.

Firth of Forth from Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

  • Finally, we availed of an evening meal in a local pub before retiring for the night.

Tomorrow, we drive north to Fort William in the Highlands

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