For my last full day in Scotland, I hung out with velociraptors, thistles and needle pointers, dragons at a palace and Grayfriars Bobby. I started the day finding a real gem of a sgian dubh (dagger). Then I learned about how Scotland (and Earth) was formed and changed since the Big Bang at Our Dynamic Earth.
Then I checked out the Scottish Parliment. A major vote is coming up in September for Scotland, yet I went to view the 160 panel Great Tapestry of Scotland-fabulous! I even added some stitching to a panel that will be presented to Parliment.
Next, I visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse -where the royal family resides when they come to Edinburgh. And, I found dragons.
I touched Grayfriars Bobby’s nose (it is rumored that the Skye Terrier lay by his human’s gravesite for 14 years until he himself died in 1872 -now that’s loyalty).
And I wrapped up my day with dessert and a pint, or two, of St. Andrews Smooth at the Balmoral Hotel. Wow, what fun I’ve had.
Tomorrow I head back to Dublin for one last afternoon and evening, then I fly back home. The time has gone quickly, but I’ve reconnected with some wonderful people and made new friends along the way.
I am blessed to be able to experience some parts of the lands of my ancestors. Slainte.
I spent the day in Edinburgh visiting the Castle (which is getting ready for the Military Tattoo).
Here I am at the line of cannons.
And some dragons.
The castle is built on top of an extinct volcano, and easy to see why it was built here. The castle is solid rock fortress.
I finished the day with an early supper at the Witchery. Also, check out the street I’m staying.
I’m going to visit the Palace at Holyroodhouse tomorrow.
The morning started with a book giveaway and send off from my Inverness lodging- the Atherstone Guesthouse.
We headed out to Culloden Battlefield where in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobites lost their battle.
Next, the Clava Cairns (this will be one of the locations the Caledonian dragons will harness the earth magic in book 2 of my Keeper series). Grayson came along to show the way into the cairns.
Ruthven Barracks rounded out our morning.
We stopped in Pitlochry for lunch and whisky tasting. Guess where I ate lunch?
I’ll close out this post with our tour guide Bill (also my guide 3 years ago) from Real Scottish Journeys. He was quite supportive of my writing endeavor when last I was here, so…look for Bill in the next book.
We left the Isle of Skye and crossed the bridge to the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan. And no wonder, it may be small, but quite beautiful.
We had a wee tour.
I found dragons!
Then we were off to find Nessie in Loch Ness.
And a quick stop to see Urquhart Castle before stopping for the night in Inverness.
The Fairies invaded my last post and stole the photos (snaps) of their glen. Here they are.
Even Grayson climbed to the top of the fairy castle with me after we traversed the wishing spiral and left a token.
Here are some snaps of the mystical landscape along with our rainy weather.
Our last stop of the day was a hike to the lighthouse that stood at the farthest westerly point in Scotland.
The sun is peaking through the clouds this morning as the tour leaves Skye.
I forgot to add in a couple cool photos from yesterday: two horses (used on the motorway between Edinburgh and Glasgow) and a dragon cloud formation.
The day started out cloudy with rain likely by afternoon. We left Portree and stopped at Old Man of Storr.
Grayson tagged along.
Then on to Kilt Rock, named for the similarity in the pleats on the back of a kilt. Here is where the liquid sunshine started.
Check out the mists rolling in.
After a group lunch, we visited Fairy Glen. The rain picked up when we were atop the fairy castle.
I’ve spent the last 2 days on a Heart of Scotland tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. Tomorrow we head to Inverness and then we make our way back to Edinburgh on Monday. These last couple of days have been incredible, with bright, warm day one and cloudy and wet day two. Here are a few photos before the tour loaded up for the ferry ride to Skye.
Check out these loch reflections.
I’ll wrap up Friday’s shots with the sunset from Portree, Isle of Skye
Another post for rainy Saturday’s adventures.