A Day in the Scottish Highlands

Part 2 of 2

We departed Edinburgh at around 8 am and headed to the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scotts – Linlithgow Palace – and Stirling Castle. After we passed close to the Battle of Stirling Bridge, we headed to Callander, the ‘Frontier Town’ on the edge of the Highlands, for a coffee and tea stop. It was snowing a bit when we reached the area but it stopped after a while.

Forth Bridge

A few minutes after we boarded the coach, we approached an area with lines of plants and trees – the area which was once known as the territorial grounds of the different clans (the Macs). Then we headed to the famous valley and the site of the Highland massacre, Glencoe, passing by Rannoch Moor.

Glencoe

Towards lunch, we went to the town of Fort William, drove under Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and stopped at a little town called Fort Augustus, which sits on the southern shore of Loch Ness. In the Caledonian language, ben means mountain while loch means lake. For lunch, Tan and I had – what else, but – fish and chips in a little mom-and-pop restaurant.

After two full hours, we proceeded to Loch Ness, a lake known for the legendary sightings of the Loch Ness Monster called Nessie.

It was winter that time and the sun started to set at 3 p.m. so we didn’t see much of the remaining landmarks in the Highlands. We travelled in the mountains and stopped at the medieval capital of Scotland – Perth – for dinner. We passed by the famous Forth Bridge on our way back to Edinburgh, but since we couldn’t see even a single thing, we just listened what the tour guide was saying.

We arrived in Edinburgh at 10 p.m. and opted to take a walk in the North Bridge to see the old structures, before going back home.

The following day, Tan and I went our separate ways in the morning. Tan spent her morning in the shopping lane while I visited the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center before I joined Tania for a quick shopping. Since we were to catch the early afternoon train to Leeds that day, we finished our shopping by lunch.

Edinburgh Castle Behind Me

Related Posts and Photos: (1) Remembering Edinburgh (2) The Scotts and the Highlands (2006) (3) Edinburgh and the Highlands

(Forth Bridge picture from www.scotland-flavour.co.uk.)

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5 Comments »

  1. […] Posts and Photos: (1) A Day in the Scottish Highlands (2) The Scotts and the Highlands (2006) (3) Edinburgh and the […]

  2. Tania said

    This is great Pam! I really enjoyed Edinburgh with you. Hopefully, we can do another city break – does Prague sounds ok?

  3. Hi Pam! 🙂
    Just saw your msg on my photo website! 😀 Hee! Thanks for your support! Its really nice to receive comments on my photos… my other friends don’t do that enough… usually they just download… Hmmm…

    You maintained a very interesting blog and I can see that you are having an eventful and very colourful life… Life on Gal! 🙂
    Cheers!

    Aik Teng

  4. alamak! got typo… can edit for me! :p

  5. pamalfaro said

    ON TANIA: Hi Tan! It puts a big smile on my face everytime I remember Scotland with you! Prague sounds really good. I sure would want to do another one with you there… maybe next year. 🙂

    ON AIK TENG: Thanks Aik Teng! No prob! I did the editing for you! Haha! They are just minor ones though. Thanks. You’re living a very colourful life too! 🙂 Keep it up!

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