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..

-shane



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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