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This evening, I am presenting some images from a just completed two day, small group tour of Scotland taking in some key sites.

Here is the quaint heritage village of Luss. The houses were originally built to house workers at a nearby slate quarry.

Loch Lomond with Ben Lomond in the distance.

Here are some images of the famous Glencoe landscape. We just arrived at the right time-as the sun was shining!

Here are some views of Loch Ness and Castle Urquhart. Loch Ness comprises the largest inland body of water in the U.K.

Happy travellers
Another view of Castle Urquhart. This is a magnificent ruin in its own right.

The following are some images from a tour of Edradour Distillery near Pitlochry. The tour is free and covers the whole whisky making process from malting, mashing, fermentation to distillation and maturation.

The following are images taken at Stirling Castle.

This is a handwoven tapestry located on the wall of the chapel. Tapestry weaving is still undertaken on-site.

The Chapel Royal. This was built in 1594 for the christening of Prince Henry.

Exterior of the Great Hall This is very impressive both inside (hammer beam roof) and outside (authentic gold coloured exterior).
The Palace
Outer Defences
Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum Glasgow. This is one of the finest civic attractions in Europe and attracts over 1.0m visitors per annum.

Glasgow University.This is one of Scotland’s premier university’s and located in the West End of Glasgow.
Overall, a good tour. Weather was reasonably clement.

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Here are some pictures of the day trip with a group of 3 visitors from the U.S.A. We went to the Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and to the Gleneagles falconry.
Then, we went to St Andrews for a meal, and in the afternoon we attended the Highland Games in Ceres.
We made a final visit to the Huntingtower near Perth.
Huntingtower near Perth

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This afternoon I am posting images from a round Scotland tour just completed.

This is an image of the Abbey Church of Dunfermline. The Abbey and the ruins around are all that remain of a Benedictine Abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century.Inside is the tomb of King Robert the Bruce.

Here is a view of Edinburgh (with Castle in the background) taken from the vantage point of Calton Hill.

very popular owing to The following are images of the famous Rosslyn Chapel which dates from 1446 and is currentlyconnection with the Da Vinci Code book and film.

The scaffolding and roof are temporary-to allow the stone work to dry out and thus preserve the fabric of this historic building.

The famous and quaint fishing village of Crail situated in the East Neuk of Fife.

Beneath this innocuous looking building is a very deep Cold War era command and control centre which is now a tourist attraction known as the Secret Bunker.

This is beach at St. Andrews where the opening scenes of the film Chariots of Fire were shot. It is surprisingly close to the famous Old Course.

A medieval building at St. Andrews.

Evening shadows at St. Andrews Cathedral. This building dates from about 1160 and was the focal point of the Scottish Church throughout the Middle Ages.

This is Castle Campbell in Clackmannanshire. A small castle set high in the Ochills which affords great views when the visibility is right.

Aspect at Castle Campbell

This is the famous Doune Castle where scenes from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ were shot. It is a fascinating attraction in its own right, being a former royal hunting lodge of the Stewarts.

Our visit at Doune was fortunate to coincide with a local event which entailed a Pipe Band.

View of Loch of the Lowes where Ospreys are nesting. We were able to view the chicks on CCTV .

Tour guide and group at Edradour Distillery. This is Scotland’s smallest distillery which provides an excellent free guided tour. The single malt is highly acclaimed.

The following are images at Balmoral, a private highland estate owned by the Royal Family.

This is Cawdor Castle which dates from the 14th century and is connected with Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746.

This redcoat has just captured an American revolutionary!

View of Culloden Battlefield

Aspect of Inverness, capital of the Highlands. The castle actually dates from the 1830s but fits in with the local scenery. The building houses various administrative functions of the local Council and judiciary.

Piper at Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness. a fascinating castle which sits on a promontory on LochNess. Sadly the monster was sleeping at time of our visit.

Views at Dunvegan Castle on Isle of Skye. This has been the home of Clan MacLeod since the 1270s.

This is a view taken at the Quaraing on Skye. Image affected by heavy rain.

The following are images of the remains of a Broch on Skye. Brochs are distinctive settlements found only in Scotland and date to the Iron Age. The y comprise dry stone built towers 33 or more feet in height and about 82 feet in diameter.Shape tends to be slightly conical and built with a double skin so that stairways and chambers can be fitted on the core of the wall. There is a suggestion that the double skin is actually a very sophisticated heating system.

This is Hotel Eilean Iarmain on Skye, which has great water-front location.

During our tour we were shadowed by a procession of Morgan sports cars also on a tour of Scotland.They seemed to originate mainly from France.

Here is the famous Jacobite Steam Train in the run up to Mallaig. Also known as the ‘Harry Potter’ train (Hogwarts Express).
Here is an image of the ruins of Kilchurn Castle at the head of Loch Awe. This dates from 1440 and was an integral part of the Clan Campbell control of the West Highlands.

This could be the Catswhiskers Tour Guide-but is actually a scarecrow at Auchindrain Township near Inveraray. Auchindrain comprises a number of dwellings which display life in a Highland community in bygone years.

Maritime museum at Inveraray.
Reflections on Loch Fyne at Inveraray.

Church of Scotland at Inveraray
More reflections on Loch Fyne

View of Loch Fyne taken from the north end close the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.

Inchmahome Priory
which is located on an island on Lake of Menteith. The Priory is now a ruin and dates from 1238. It ceased to function at the Reformation in 1560. The Priory is only accessible by boat.

Images from the famous Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

Images from Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s ‘House for An Art Lover‘, Glasgow. Fascinating design and architecture dating from the early 1900s.

Images of the Gallery of Modern Art in Central Glasgow.

Inside of Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house which dates back to the 1400s.

Image at Glasgow’s Necropolis with a memorial to John Knox (centre of image).

Glasgow Cathedral viewed from the Necropolis.This is the only mainland cathedral in Scotland to have survived the aftermath of the Reformation without major structural loss.The building dates from the 1200s and succeeds an earlier cathedral dating to around AD 600.

The Blackadder Aisle at the Cathedral

Nave of the Cathedral
Overall., a good tour aided by the fact that the weather mainly dry and sunny, with exception of our sojourn on Skye.

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