On April 10, 2017 I flew from Gulfport, Mississippi to Edinburgh, Scotland, changing planes in Atlanta and New York. I arrived in Scotland on April 11th, which was also Passover Day, and stayed the entire time with my daughter, her husband and three grandchildren.
I am not known for my photo taking skills, yet I did manage a few shots here and there, which in some instances I had to supplement with an image from the internet. Here is a broad overview of my visit.
The front of the family house faces the backyard. Don’t ask why, as some mysteries in Scotland are not easily explained.
The back of the house faces the road, and the entire yard is enclosed by a stone wall.
I slept in my granddaughter’s bed and from her upstairs window can be seen the Atholl Palace hotel which looks like a castle. If you squint, you might find it in the middle of the photo. However, in real life it stands out prominently, so my photo does not do it justice.
The Atholl Palace hotel close up
A Hedgehog Bungalow in the yard. By chance while I was there, a neighbor rescued a baby hedgehog from a playful cat, and allowed us to view it up close.
One of the zillion bright primroses seen in yards and planters in Pitlochry
Lounging about after a busy day
We had lunch at Hettie’s tearoom. Here I wait outside while ice cream cones are purchased.
Across from Hettie’s
Here comes William, and bless his heart, he did not drop his ice cream out of the cone on the sidewalk.
Flowers against a stone wall next to Hettie’s
The Pitlochry Baptist Church where Ken ministers
Pitlochry Baptist Church gate
Pitlochry Baptist Church gate
Standing atop of the Dam at Pitlochry
Atop the Dam looking down at the river
Pitlochry rail station where later in the week we caught a train going to Edinburgh (internet photo)
We visited the renovated Eilean Donan Castle on our way to the Isle of Skye.
internet photo of Eilean Donan
Looking out at the water surrounding Eilean Donan
More water from another direction at Eilean Donan
Eilean Donan….yes…more water.. it is a moat after all!
wall of Eilean Donan
We entered Eilean Donan up this walkway. No one was allowed to photograph the inside.
Taking the bridge back from the castle
A view from the bridge
We spent two nights at this Bread & Breakfast on the Isle of Skye. It does no good to tell anyone to look for the white house with the black roof, as every house on Skye was white with a black roof
The children chasing each other in the yard in front of the B & B
Outside of the B&B was a tree with several large nests of crows which created a continual racket
Atop a view by the roadside is a much photographed waterfall. Waterfalls can be seen cascading down all of the mountainsides as the snow melts
At low tide can be seen dinosaur tracks on this rocky beach
Another stretch of the beach which was explored
At the Skye Museum of Island Life, several houses displayed artifacts and documents of the rugged life of those who have lived in this remote location. This one is the Weaver’s House, which was my favorite of all.
Skye Museum of Island Life display of linens
We stopped by the side of the road of what is called the Fairy Glens, mossy looking hills which people like to climb to catch a glimpse of fairies. Josiah was first to run up ahead of everyone.
After winding around a mountain on a one lane road with blind curves and steep drop offs, we went back down to sea level to view a ferry crossing.
A typical highland slope with pine trees and winter weathered heather which has turned brown. No doubt when the heather blooms, the sight is spectacular.
another remote, natural landscape-it is no wonder the Scots are a frugal people
Old Man of Storr (internet photo) We saw this rock formation from various locations. Some hike the trail up to it.
At a seaside village near the boat docks.
Back near Pitlochry we walked a trail which leads to a local waterfall
On the bridge one can look down at the waterfall streaming down the hillside
We spent a whole day in Edinburgh after taking the almost 2 hour train ride from Pitlochry
The Castle atop Edinburgh
internet photo of Edinburgh castle with soldiers
We had lunch in town, and walked extensively, viewed one street performer from Canada who did fire tricks, and joked about Americans….and continued down the street to take an inside tour of the queen’s palace at Holyrood.
an internet photo which captured Holyrood and the Abbey ruins
The Abbey ruins
A rooftop guardian (internet photo)
Mary, Queen of Scots’ Ante-Chamber at the Royal Palace of Holyrood house, Edinburgh Scotland (internet photo)
I left Scotland on April 20th, taking three flights to get back to Mississippi. The most strenuous part of the trip was going through customs at JFK, where I made it through only because of the helpfulness of several fellow passengers who answered my questions on how to maneuver through this elaborate maze.
Every day of my visit was highly interesting. I enjoyed being in a Scottish church on Easter, and in addition when I woke up in the morning, I discovered that the Easter bunny had left me a basket of Scottish gifts. Jocelyn and Ken’s hospitality was wonderful on every level, and getting to see firsthand my grandchildren’s school, friends, bedrooms, listening to Josiah’s cello practice, watching Audrey sew and create art, and hugging shy William in an effort to get him to talk, was all a great joy.