Friday, December 23, 2005

Off to Scotland & up to the Highlands

More to come soon, once I make sense of the notes below and insert the photos..


depart london overnight on bus
arrive in edinburgh, met up with sueanne and pete
travel to first night accomm
karaoke night in hostel

23rd December
- First stop was at Dunkeld Cathedral where we had breakfast
- Lunch was at Kingussie
- next stop was at Ruthven Barracks
- after listening to Verity's long speech we hurried off the bus to get pics of the hairy coo'ooooos
- stopped on side of road for photo opportunity of Ardverikie castle on shores of Loch Laggan (where Monarch of the Glen was filmed)
- Stopped for toilets and to try whisky at Speade
- then off to the Commando Memorial (3 men facing mountains)
- stopped at well of seven heads on Loch Oich
- walked to Loch Ness and then headed to hostel - Morags Lodge

24th December
- Stopped for walk and played frisby (sorry didn't get name of place)
- Urquhart Castle first stop on Loch Ness
- Stopped at the Visitor centre for toilet stop and photos with Nessy (big fibreglass statue)
- Loch Ness where Carly and Shane went for a swim
- Stopped at Inverness for lunch
- went to Culladon battlefield
- stopped at Balnuaran of Clava - prehistoric cemetry (lots of stones in circles)
- Carbisdale castle
- Ghost tour around castle

25th December
- walk around castle grounds
- then to Dornoch Beach for frisby - and lunch
- dinner at castle

26th December
- stopped for photo of castle
- walk up through highlands up to Bone Cave
- lunch at Ardvreck castle (most romantic) and Calda House on the shores of Lochinver
- drove to Isle of Skye - Saucy Mary's

27th December
- Stopped at Bradford for Isle of Skye photo (where Greg got petrol)
- stopped walked down by magical water where everyone put face into stream to make look more beautiful!!!!
- walk to fairy pools
- stopped for lunch at Eileen Dolan Castle - most photographed castle
- photo of Loch Garry at sunset and then off to photograph Ben Nevis at Commando Memorial
- Stayed at Oban ( can anyone remember name of hostel???)
- Dinner at taj mahal
- Drinks at O'Donnells

28th December
- Stopped at Glencoe
- photo of frozen lake
- Lunch at Green Welli
- Stopped at Doune Castle
- Stirling Bridge and then off to Wallace Monument
- Back to Edinburgh


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