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This evening, I am posting a record of today’s tour:

Collected group of guests at Edinburgh and then drove across Forth Bridge to Dunfermline Abbey. This was a former Royal Palace and effective capital of Scotland until 1603. Together, the Abbey and Palace comprise one of the most impressive building complexes in medieval Scotland. Good views over the surrounding area as the elevation is high. Inside the modern church is the burial place of King Robert the Bruce who died in 1329.


Inside the Nave which was the abbey church.


At Dunfermline Abbey burial ground there is a friendly peacock in residence which afforded some photo opps. The Peacock is the National Bird of India.

At Dunkeld we visited the ancient Cathedral and took pictures of the locality including the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river. Weather was benevolent.

Fishing on the River Tay close to Dunkeld Cathedral.

Next, a few miles up the A9 (highway) we stopped and followed a trail along the River Braan to see the falls at Ossian’s Hall. Quite stunning, with lots of snow and ice around.Lots of photo opps.

This is Ossian’s Hall.The viewing platform overlooks the Falls of Braan which can be spectacular.


Next, we drove 15 mins up the A9 to Pitlochry where we stopped for refreshments. Then we continued our journey north to Inverness via Aviemore, a town focused on outdoor activities in the Cairngorms.Lots of snow in evidence but roads were clear.

Before arriving at Inverness, we paid a short visit to Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s top prehistoric sites dating back about 5000 years. It was quite eery in the late evening sunlight with the snow covering adding another dimension. Here there is a collection of large stone burial chambers and stone circles.


Finally we moved on to Inverness via the battlefield site of Culloden (1746) arriving at our lodgings about 6.15pm.


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Today proved quite successful

Overnight I motored down to Dumfries for an overnight stay in a genuine farmhouse B&B and was well looked after by the farmer and family. Had a short course on farming economics and Galloway Cattle.

Collected my group of six guests form the U.S.at Dumfries and we then proceeded on tour up to Culzean Castle which sits in a magnificent setting on the Ayrshire coast. This mansion caters for a wide range of interests including architecture, history, gardens, wildlife and much more. One could easily spend a full day here but, unfortunately, our time was restricted.

Next stop was the Govan, and industrial part of Glasgow which houses an ancient religious site on which sits then current Old Govan Church. Inside this building is one one of Scotland’s national treasures as manifested in a stunning collection on carved stones dating from the 9th and 10th centuries and which incorporate Viking and Pictish influences from early Christian times. We had the benefit of an excellent local guide who talked us through the history of the stones and the current church building which is of architectural merit in its own right.

Finally, we moved on to Glasgow Cathedral, one of Glasgow’s top tourists attractions which dates from the 12th century. This building is distinguished by the fact that it is one of the very few places of worship which escaped the Reformation relatively unscathed. My group had benefit of a private tour guide.

This completed a full day, covering some distance. Last stop was East Calder where the group was deposited at their lodgings for the night prior to return to the U.S.tomorrow.

Detail of carved stone at Govan.


Butterfly at Culzean
View of the Adam designed, Culzean Castle today.

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Today, we started from Inverness, Capital of the Highlands and headed for two nearby sites, namely Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns. Culloden is where occurred the last battle on British soil in 1746 where a British Government force under General Cumberland comprehensively and ruthlessly defeated a Jacobite/Highland army under the charismatic ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’. There is an excellent Visitor Centre at Culloden. See image no 4 below for 18th century armaments.

Next we visited the close by Clava Cairns which date back some 4000 years into prehistory.

The following two images are of Clava as is this video clip
After Clava we drove down to Pitlochry in Perthshire for a pub lunch. See image no. 3.
Unfortunately the Edradour Distillery was unexpectedly closed so we continues our journey down to Stirling Castle which mainly dates from the 16th century (images 5 and 6).

Overall a productive day albeit we suffered from very heavy rainfall.

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