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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