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Here are some interesting images of a classic tour of Scotland.

Firstly, here is Glasgow and the Clyde taken from atop the Science Centre Tower-a great view when the visibility is right.

Piper at Blair Castle, Perthshire
Blair Castle. Very well managed and conveniently situated on the main A9 tourist route. Here is based Britain’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders which owes allegiance to the Duke of Atholl.

Fishing on the River Tay in Perthshire.

Cawdor Castle near Inverness. This has loose connections with the Thane of Cawdor (Shakespeare’s Macbeth).

Garden at Cawdor. Very vibrant in early summer.

Maze at Cawdor
Glenfarg community garden-small but perfectly formed!
This is Balmoral, a private home of the British royal family. Only the gardens are open to the public during April-July.

More colorful gardens at Balmoral
View of Balmoral

View of River Dee near Balmoral in the Highlands

East Coast fishing village-great for photos and artists.

Here is the famous Old Course at St. Andrews, home of golf

Here are some views of Stirling Castle. I think this is one of the best in Scotland. Lots of interesting architecture reflecting history as a royal palace.

View from Stirling Castle looking towards the Wallace Monument and the Ochills.

Scottish Parliament building. Very controversial design. Explore inside and out and make your own judgement.

National Gallery, Edinburgh. Designed by William Playfair 1845

View of Princes Street, Edinburgh with Calton Hill in the background.

Linlithgow Palace. Close connection s with Scottish royalty including Mary Queen of Scots.Now a ruin.

Here is the outer gate.

The Great Hall
Gallery with Great Hall to the right.

Glenkinchie Distillery. This is conveniently located to the south of Edinburgh. Tours take about 1 hour and are good value.

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Today, I have been collating images from a recent two day Scotland Tour taking in Glasgow,Stirling, Inverness, Loch Ness and Glencoe.

Here are some images of Stirling Castle

Main entrance

Bullet/cannon shot holes in the outer defences. These date from the 17th century.

Exterior of the Great Hall.
Exterior of the former Royal Palace the interior of which is undergoing extensive refurbishment.
Interior of Great Hall. Note Minstrels Gallery

Tapestry inside Great Hall
17th century decoration inside Chapel. This was undertaken by a Glasgow artist in anticipation of a visit by Charles I

More detail of decoration. Note specific reference to Charles I

Pub lunch at Birnam House Hotel, Birnam. It was good. Nice open fire on a cold day!

Ice on the River Braan, near Dunkeld.

Frozen pool near Ossian’s Hall

Part frozen falls at Ossian’s Hall

River Ness at Inverness at night.Quite colourful!

Trebuchet at Castle Urquhart

The following are various images of Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. Bearing in mind time of year (mid winter) the weather was reasonably clement with good views of Loch Ness.

A friendly Robin at Castle Urquhart.

Overall, a good tour. We had the benefit of reasonably clear roads and almost exclusive access to the castles.

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Today, I returned form a two day mini-tour. Lots of images to input but I am very tired. Here is an image of Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness.

Lots more tomorrow.