Today, I came across a box I had set aside with trinkets and guides and photos from when my husband and I took a month-long trip to Scotland. When we returned to Canada, his mother who had emigrated here in the sixties remarked that we had seen way more of Scotland than she had in her lifetime!
It was a fantastic trip even though it rained most of the time – a lot like Vancouver that way so we were kind of used to it. Besides, a lot of the castles and museums and galleries and pubs were indoor; so when it started to rain heavily we just popped inside and when we came out – it was still raining, who am I trying to kid! Never-the-less a great trip which we hope to repeat again in the future.
One of the many things I had been looking forward to were seeing some of the many castles in Scotland – after a few weeks however, I was complaining about turning a corner and wasn’t there another blasted castle in front of us. Lesson in this, be careful what you wish for, Ha! Ha!
I am going to break down our trip for the moment and just concentrate on some of the Castles we did see and which ones were worth the price of admission – some were free! In the future, I would like to re-visit some of these castles and take photos with a drone as they are spectacular seen from a height. When we first visited all our photos were on film, can you imagine, so we didn’t have the luxury of taking 15 shots of a castle and then deleting all but that spectacular shot that you did get by having a digital camera.
I’ll start with one of the nicest – and more a beautiful country manor than a castle. We headed out from Glasgow down to Ayr which is about 45 minutes depending on who is driving – so a nice day or afternoon excursion. Please click on link below for synopsis of castles we visited. I hope you enjoy and that you will plan your own excursion over there as it is a beautiful country and the people may appear standoffish to start but are very friendly when engaged – especially about their history and culture! If you incorporate a side visit to Wales and Ireland – even better!