Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Scotland - The Highlands

From our base in Edinburgh we took a couple of day trips, one being to the Highlands (Loch Ness). On our four day bus tour, we also spent two days in the Highlands. Only one stop was the same on the two trips though, which was our favourite little town of Pitlochry so that was fine with us! The Highlands are breathtakingly beautiful!

Little house in the Highlands. The mist on the mountains is typical.

The view where we stopped for lunch in Onich, on Loch Leven.

Me on our boat tour of Loch Ness. It was cold and windy that day but I didn't mind. A bucket list item for me.

The shore of Loch Ness. The Loch is big enough and deep enough to support a Nessie or two. Just huge.

Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

A bagpiper at Urquhart Castle. I love bagpipes!!

A farm in the Highlands, sheep in the foreground. Note the waterfall in the mountains behind.

Typical fields with animals (mostly sheep) grazing. Sometimes the fields they are grazing in are almost vertical.

A ram with horns that look like they'd be a bit of a hassle, both for him and anyone having to deal with him. Sheep are everywhere and are left out as there are no predators. There are also cattle and some horses, but mostly sheep. We noticed that the livestock in Scotland all look super healthy and very content. The purple in the picture is thistle.

One of our favourite hotels of the 10 different ones we stayed at on our trip. The Newton Hotel in Nairn. Nairn is close to Inverness.

The shore of the North Sea, a very short walk from our hotel above in Nairn. Too small in the picture to tell, but the dog on the beach is a Springer Spaniel with a full tail. LOTS of purebred dogs in Scotland.

Highland cattle are shaggy beasts with impressive horns, but seem quite gentle. This one and a few others were on the grounds of the Newton Hotel in Nairn.

Had to take a picture of this street sign in Nairn. We wondered what she's doing with her arm...pushing him into traffic??...or?

Houses along the street in Pitlochry, a beautiful little town. I realized I didn't get enough pictures of the Highland towns or of the beautiful Scottish houses, all of which seem to have very impressive gardens. Guess I'll have to go back!

Scottish thistle. Looks better there than in my yard!