A Tour Through Scotland May 2018

My hubbie and I have returned from Scotland a little over a week ago. We have been recovering. It was EPIC. I am starting to publish posts at my other blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes about the trip.  https://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com

I am working on my journal, something I do when I travel.  I have learned that you don’t remember unless you document a trip. I am also on Facebook and if you are a cousin please by all means come befriend me for I am posting some photos there as well.

Me at Edinburgh Castle, a place I have wanted to see for a long time.

We traveled first to Edinburgh. We then went to Stirling for there are many historic sites to visit and it is pretty country. From Stirling we headed up to Inverness and were there for several days. On the way we stopped in Newtonmore to visit the Clan Macpherson Museum and it was worth it. We did not see any monsters in Loch Ness but we did walk the battlefield at Culloden.  From Inverness we drove the length of Loch Ness so we really explored that Loch both north, middle and south. We stayed in Fort Augustus for one night and enjoyed a portion of the Caledonian Canal.  We then headed to Invergarry and visited the Glengarry Heritage Center. It was awesome. I also got to see Invergarry Castle one of the MacDonald castles. It is a ruin but still it is very amazing.

It was time to head west and we drove through the Glengarry area of Scotland to Kintail Lodge which is located in Glenshiel a part of the Kyle of Lochalsh area. It is on the east end of Loch Duich a salt water loch. Of course I could not miss Eilean Donan Castle which is wonderful. We drove over the Bridge to the Isle of Skye and stopped in Kyleakin to enjoy views of the bridge for it was a lovely day. Portree was not to far and we were soon at our lodging and settling in. The next day we viewed the Old Man of Storr, Dumtulm Castle, The Skye Museum of Island Life and Flora MacDonald’s grave. The next stop was Armadale and the Clan Donald Centre, I was in heaven.

 

A portion of Edinburgh Castle

Crossing the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig was a big scary for it was not the best weather. The boat was rocking back and forth and the water was spraying over the bow of the boat. I was glad to be back on land. Mallaig is a fun town. It is where the Jacobite Train stops and returns to Fort William so you get a lot of travelers. The next day we were back on the ferry to the Knoydart penninsula were a lot of MacD’s came from to Canada. We took a tour with the Ranger of the Knoydart Foundation around the north part of the peninsula in a Land Rover and through the Glen. It was amazing.

We left Mallaig and headed to Fort William stopping at various sites along the way especially the Glenfinnan Monument

Looking east toward the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

More of Edinburgh Castle from Camera Obscura’s tower

where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard. We pressed on to Fort William and explored that area. We visited the Clan Cameron Museum north of Fort William and had a lovely dinner at the Crannog on Loch Linnhe. From Fort William we stopped in Glencoe and spent some time at the visitor centre learning about the 1692 massacre of MacDonalds, a sad business. A drive along Loch Lomond to Dumbarton Castle.

It was time to head to Glasgow and we found our hotel without too much fuss. We spent several days in Glasgow visiting archives and ending our time at the Kelvingrove Museum. It was back to Edinburgh and home.

I told you it was awesome and this is only a summary. The pictures are just to tease you. To see more go to my other blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes and enjoy!

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An Update: Time for me to Take a Trip to Scotland!

Yes, I am going to Scotland, and I will be touring the country for several weeks. I will try to share some of the events as they happen but it will be a busy trip. I am not as young and eager as I used to be and I want to take time and savor it all and it also depends on the WiFi situation?

Scotland simplified

It has been awhile, since I last posted on this blog. I have been busy on another blog titled Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp. in Ohio and writing about my Dad’s Goss Family connections.

Just because I have not been posting on this blog, it does not mean that I have not be trying to further the research on the Barclay family.

John Barclay has been very uncooperative. I am referring to the man who was supposedly born in 1801 in Edinburgh and died in 1897 in Shakopee, Minnesota, and the man who is the father of George A. Barclay my great grandfather.  He refuses to be found in the records before his time in Shakopee.

Well, I am going to do some traveling and I am headed to Scotland soon. It will be an EPIC trip.

Hopefully, I will share some of the adventures on this blog and see what comes up.

I will be visiting several archives, societies and repositories in my travels. I will be looking into the surname of MacDonald/MacDonell, and Barclay.  I will be seeking information about the surnames of  McMurray, and Jackson discussed on the Boardman and Brown blog. I know more about the MacD’s and Barclay’s and little about the McMurray’s and Jacksons and their origins.

As I visit these archives I will ask lots of questions so I should be very educated in Scottish research by the time I get home. I will also leave behind my family history and maybe it will have some effect?

I will visit lots of castles that have to do with MacDonald/MacDonell history as well as areas and places and also just Scottish history. Unfortunately the castle for Barclay is in private hands at this time. There will be battlefields to see and the Scottish Highlands to explore including the Isle of Skye and the area west of Fort Augustus.  Click the map and it will open.

The Highlands of Scotland

I will share this trip on two of my blogs, this one and The Man Who Lived Airplanes http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com

It will be EPIC! Bonnie