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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

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Illustration of fire-making in the Iron-Age at the Crannog Centre

Today marked an adverse change in weather.

We departed our Dunkeld lodgings for Amulree and then embarked on a drive through Glen Quaich but heavy fog resulted in negligible visibility despite which we were able to observe a number of unusual birds: Quail, Red Grouse, Pheasant and a Hawk (or similar bird of prey).

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Nesting swan at Lochleven Castle

This morning, benefiting from sunny, dry weather we embarked on a trip, ex-Edinburgh. as follows:

  • First, to Linlithgow Palace, a former Stuart royal palace on banks of a loch (lake). Thus former high status residence is where Mary was born on or about Dec 7th 1542 although the actual room is no longer intact. In 1746 the palace was destroyed by fire, apparently accidentally, in course of occupation by Redcoat soldiers.However, the basic stone structure remains intact and makes for a rewarding visit and insight into the Renaissance period.

Linlithgow Loch

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