|St Andrew's Cathedral|
First up was St Andrews, the home of golf, now rather well known as the meeting place of Kate and William. There's even a cafe that purports to be the place they went for their first coffee date!
|Dad walking the Cathedral grounds|
The other thing St Andrews is well known for is the Cathedral. During medieval times St Andrews it was the most important in Scotland. So much so that St Andrews University had it's beginnings out of it as the first university in Scotland. In case you wanted a history lesson..
|Old coffins. Creepy.|
|Looking through the old entrance|
|St Andrew's harbour|
|Walking along the sea wall|
|Looking back to the Cathedral|
After that we headed over to the west of Scotland to stay in a castle for the night. Stonefield Castle is near Tarbert on a peninsula to the west of Glasgow, overlooking Loch Fyne. We visited the small village of Tarbert before settling in at the castle for a relaxing afternoon and evening. We managed to get a really great deal as it had mostly emptied the day before after people who came for the Christmas package left.
|Ruins of Tarbert Castle|
|Cup of tea time while working on my blog at the Castle|
|Lady of the Manor|
|Outside the Castle|
|Outside the Castle in the morning|
|Taking a walk around the island|
|Beautiful calm ocean|
|Willy Wonka hair|
|Looking back to the Castle|
|Mum and Dad|
|Around the island|
|Inside the Castle|
|Inside the Castle|
The following day saw us driving up to Fort William, with a stop in Oban.
|The Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame|
|Dad and the Commandos Memorial|
The next day was an even bigger day. We drove up to Eilean Donan Castle, a drive and location that is one of my favourites in Scotland.
|Misty morning in the Highlands|
|Scenery in the Highlands|
|Eilean Donan Castle|
|Dad on the Castle grounds|
|The famous view|
|Deer crossing the river|
Since I had already been there I sat in the car while Mum, Dad and Courtney took a tour.
Afterwards we headed towards Inverness, which a quick stop to see Loch Ness. No monsters spotted.
I finally got to go to a place I have wanted to for awhile. Culloden, the site of the last battle on British soil, fought between the Jacobite army and the government forces. Many see it as the end of an era for the clans, due to the persecution that many faced afterwards and the outlawing of much of the things that kept the clans together. I first read about it the Diana Gabaldon book, Cross Stitch, or Outlander as it is known in the USA. An awesome series by the way!
|Cottage on the edge of the battlefield|
|The loyalist line|
|Looking across the Moor. You can see why the ground was terrible for fighting.|
|One of the headstones showing where the clans are buried|
|Looking back across the Moor|
After that we headed back to Edinburgh, a big day, but well worth it!
Scotland isn't that big and you can get around a fair bit of it in a few days. Of course there is so much more, but if you only have a few days there is a lot you can see and it is definitely worth the trip!