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Wallace Monument with statue of Braveheart


Floating children at Stirling Castle

View of Stirling Castle from main approach


View from Stirling Castle towards Wallace Monument and Ochills


Argyll’s Lodgings, Stirling
View towards Ochills from Stirling Castle

View of Lake of Menteith from hotel restaurant


Highland gentleman at Loch Katrine
Tour of Glengoyne Distillery

Group pic at Glengoyne

Tour group at Glengoyne Distillery
Glengoyne tour

Highland Gentleman with new friend at Loch Katrine

Day 3 of excavation on the intersection of the Roman road and the temporary camp east of Innerpeffray cutting. The aim of the excavation is to establish whether the road or the camp came first and provide a better understanding of the dates of the various Roman sites nearby.
Thinking on Day 3 was that the camp came first and then the road was built later after filling in part of the camp ditch.However, because of weak road foundations at this point part of the road subsequently subsided into the old ditch.

This is a view of a site close to Innerpeffray which is the remains of the protective ditch which surrounded a huge 130 acre temporary Roman army camp. The ditch is still about 4 feet high in places.


View from Innerpeffray library towards Crieff with the river Earn in the foreground.


View out from Innerpeffray Library. Note Georgian architecture.


Visitors to the dig from the nearby Innerpeffray library. The flag is that of the Madertie family.

Early stages of the Roman dig.


The dig site in context of the landscape.


River Earn from Kinkell Bridge.

Kinkell Bridge

Muthill war memorial with some unusual visitors.

View from remains of historic church ruin at Muthill which may date back to the early 1000s.

Tower of ancient church at Muthill.
Landscape from the dig site.


Inside of the ancient Collegiate Chapel of St. Mary (1508) at Innerpeffray.


External view of Innerpeffary Chapel.

Innerpeffray Castle, a romantic ruin. This was built by 1st Lord Madertie. It is a beautiful, but roofless, example of a gentleman’s fortalice.

Innerpeffary Castle

Innerpeffray Castle

Innerpeffray Castle

View of Rothesay from Canada Hill

View of Rothesay Castle

The 60th anniversary/Diamond Jubilee Games proved to be the “Aqua Games” as heavy rain fell continuously throughout the day. The event also featured the 2007 reunion of Clan Currie Society, which adopted the Bute Highland Games as their “home” games in Scotland four years ago in recognition of Bute’s strong Currie connections and the spirit of hospitality they received there, and which became a life patron of the Games in 2004.
Clan Commander and others in the Clan Currie tent.

Here is an image of the Waverley departing Rothesay at end of the day. Image is affected by the heavy downpour.


Another image of the Waverley

Tossing the caber.

The caber is a pole about 18 feet long weighing about 115 pounds. The athlete holds the caber upright, grasping it by its thin end, and throws it so that it lands on its heavy end and flips over. The throw is not judged on distance, but direction. If the thrower is imagined to stand at the center of a clock with 6 at his back, the thin end ideally falls at a 12 o’clock position.

Another image of caber tossing.
Heavy event in process

Hammer throwing competition


Pipe Band competition

Hammer throwing
Athletics race
Athletics race
Pipe Band competition. Note absence of waterproofs in heavy rain!!
Pipe Band competition

Pipe Band competition

Pipe Band