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This morning, we departed our lodgings promptly about 0915 and proceeded as follows:

  • Forteviot, an historic site which was former first capital of a unified Scotland under Kenneth Mc Alpin and site of recent high status Bronze Age burial find by archaeologists seeking site of former Pictish Palace.

Dupplin Cross

  • Dunning, location of historic St Serf’s Church in which is located the historic, 9th century Dupplin Cross which was originally sited in open fields near Forteviot.
  • Tullibardine Distillery, where we availed of an interesting tour of the distillery and learned about the process of whisky making from malting through to maturation,

Tullibardine Distillery

  • Stirling Castle, a former Royal Palace and close to location of two key battles in Scotland’s history: Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge.

Reenactment soldiers at Stirling Castle

  • Ardoch Roman Fort at Braco which originated in the 1st century AD. Close by was a historic pack horse bridge aged about 500 yrs.
  • Drummond Castle where we viewed the stunning formal gardens.

Drummond Castle

Drummond Castle Garden

  • Abandoned Clearance Village near the River Almond.
  • Glen Quaich and very narrow road leading to Kenmore at northern tip of Loch Tay. Here we saw the Crannog, a re-construction from the Iron Age.
  • Taymouth Castle, now in a sorry state but in its former glory hosted Queen Victoria on honeymoon.
  • Croft Moraig prehistoric stone circle.

Croft Moraig

  • Grandtully, Scotland’s premier whitewater venue. Here we enjoyed an evening meal at the Inn on the Tay.
  • Finally, we returned late to our lodgings in Dunkeld, tired but satisfied.

Today, our tour group left Edinburgh promptly at 0915 and then headed north to commence a tour of the Fife Coast, north east of Edinburgh. After about 1 hour we reached our first destination of Lower Largo. Here is a summary of the tour progress:

  • Lower Largo, a former fishing village on the coast which was the birthplace of Andrew Selkirk, the real world role model for Robinson Crusoe.

Alexander Selkirk

 

  • St. Monans with its historic church. A service was in process during our visit but we still walked round the exterior of the church and admired the local area.

St Monans Church

  • Ellie, with its sandy beach and yachts.

Ellie

  • Pittenweem, still engaged in  commercial fishing with a fleet of fishing boats in port.
  • Anstruther. There was an added bonus here as there were various activities in process in support of a lifeboat appeal. There was a small fleet of Porsche cars, veteran cars dating back to the 1920s, motorcycles and veteran tractors . We availed of lunch at the famous Anstruther Fish Bar.

Anstruther

Veteran Car

Anstruther Fish Bar

  • Crail. A very quaint and colourful harbour where lobster fishing is still undertaken.

Crail

  • St. Andrews. Here we visited the famous (ruined) Cathedral, viewed the castle, walked through town past the University buildings to arrive at the famous Old Course where we took pics at Swilken Bridge.

St Andrews Castle

  • Our final destination was the famous collection of Pictish stones at Meigle in central Scotland. We were fortunate to have benefit of  a short talk/description by the local museum manager who is also studying these, mainly 9th century, carvings for a Phd.

Carved Pictish Stone

We arrive at our destination near Dunkeld about 5.45pm. Later we went into Dunkeld for dinner.

Weather today was benign and relatively sunny.

The tour commenced yesterday afternoon with a visit to Linlithgow Palace, a former Royal Palace of the Scottish Royal Family which was accidently destroyed by fire in the 17th century and never restored. This building has a pleasant situation on the edge of a loch (lake).

View from atop Linlithgow

At Linlithgow Palace

 

This morning, we departed our Edinburgh lodgings at 9.15am and drove to the car park at Palace of Holyroodhouse. We parked and then embarked on a walking tour of Edinburgh taking in the following:

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse and adjacent ruined abbey.The former is an official Royal residence and offers a wealth of history, paintings, architecture, furniture and royal artifacts. The abbey dates from the 12th century and is an impressive ruin.

Abbey at Holyrood

  • Scottish Parliament building. Being a Saturday, parliament was not in session but we were able to enter the interior and view the debating chamber.
  • Burns monument.
  • Calton Hill with two old observatories, National Monument, views of Firth of Forth and Edinburgh.
  • Edinburgh Castle. This was extremely busy with visitors today and we had to endure a long queue to view the Crown Jewels.

Edinburgh Casle

  • Light lunch at at the pub where the role model for Jekyll and Hyde lived.
  • St. Giles Cathedral and Thistle Chapel.

Royal Mile

  • Mercat Cross.
  • Chessell’s Court.
  • Hidden, replica 17th century garden.

Hidden Garden

We then connected with the car again and drove down to the village of Roslin to visit the famous 15th C Rosslyn Chapel and nearby Roslin Castle (ruins) both of which having connections with the Sinclair family.

Roslin Castle