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that took us through 4 countries by bus, train boat and plane.
......and where we visited with Sara, Amy, Ian, Ben, kids, Keith and Carol, Andrea, and Jennifer - our family, and many friends who gave us a wonderful welcome and grand hospitality .....
.....and so we begin in Bonny Scotland
After flying into Glasgow we boarded a bus and headed right to
Edinburgh, I am sure one of the most charming towns in the world!! The hill in the distance seen here is Arthurs' Seat in Holyrood Park
This wonderful historic castle is home to the Military Tattoo of Scotland as well as to a wonderful medieval town that winds down the hill along the "Royal Mile" to the Holyrood Palace at the foot.
Princes Street Gardens are below the castle also and a green oasis for people on lunch breaks or out for a stroll.
|Mysterious Rosslyn Chapel outside of Edinburgh|
Built by Sir William St. Clair (Sinclair), last prince of Orkney in 1446, it does contain the tomb of an earlier William St.Clair, Knight Templar who died in Spain in 1336 fighting the Moors while attempting to bring the heart of Robert the Bruce to the Holy Land for burial.
Perthshire and Kinross
|Balmoral View, Blairgowrie|
of Robertson fame
Tom and Davey
|Black Watch Museum in Perth, Scotland the Brave|
( David Robertson's old regiment where he served in both Africa and India, his name is written there)
|The Maze at Scone Palace in Perth|
once home to the stone of destiny(now in Edinburgh), rightful throne of the Scottish Kings
"whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone"- Macbeth
|Bridge over Tay River in Perth|
beautiful home in Perth
the gardens of Scotland are like Victoria gardens
fields of wild lupin
the crannog on Loch Tay
Bronze age dwellings (reconstruction)
Inverness, Gateway to the Highlands
|The River Ness in Inverness|
overlooking the River Ness
|the Scottish Thistle|
|on the Moray Firth- you will rarely see such skies!!|
after blethering on about this for ages she totally missed the wee creature as we headed down the channel on the Jacobite Queen to the loch
The Abbey at Fortrose built around 1100
the port of John o' Groats and on through the Pentland Firth to the Orkneys
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