Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Year Ago in Scotland - Stirling Castle and more

A year ago today I was visiting Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, and Dunfermline, Scotland! I went on a coach tour with my Aunt Josefa and two other families. We departed from our abode, Kilconquhar Castle, in the early morning. It was a gray, damp day but that did not interfere with our anticipation of lovely sights! First stop: The National Wallace Monument.

Wallace Monument
Monument to William Wallace. Think "Braveheart."

The monument was closed but we had an awesome view of the tower and of a gigantic statue of William Wallace. Manly! Next on the tour was Stirling Castle, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. We saw wonderful things here, as the castle is almost completely restored. I got my fill of unicorns and tapestries. Bliss! 

Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle
Tapestries at Stirling: Woven in the old way, on the site.

Stirling Castle
Well-informed, costumed docents added to the charm at Stirling.

Next, we were off to Loch Lomond at the foot of the Scottish Highlands. We could see snow-covered peaks in the far-off distance, beckoning us to visit. However, the Highlands were not on our Scottish tour this trip. :( Next time!

Loch Lomond, Scotland
That's me (left) and my aunt, Josefa in front of Loch Lomond with the Highlands in the back!

During our drive through this country -- very green, even in January! -- we saw plenty of sheep, Scottish Highland cows, ravens and beautiful fields awaiting the planting season. Our last stop was Dunfermline, to see the Abbey. The building acts as a magnificent tombstone to King Robert the Bruce. The cemetery here was full of high crosses and wonderful old stones.

Dunfermline Abbey

High cross at the Abbey
High Cross in the Abbey cemetery.

It was a long and eventful day. I took way too many pictures...and you can see more of the day by visiting my Flickr Scotland and Ireland set! Enjoy!

1 comment:

AnitaS said...

It is very nice that you can remember such a beautiful visit to Europe.

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