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Across the Highlands

Today was a lovely sunny day (not, frankly, what we expected in Scotland!)

We headed west from our B&B, passing through Banochry and Aboyne. We took a detour to the little village of Tarland, where we stopped to see the Tomnaverie Stone Circle. This is an example of a recumbent stone circle, in which a recumbent stone is placed between two upright stones on the principal axis of the circle. Recumbent stone circles are found exclusively in NE Scotland and SW Ireland.

We continued westward, passing Balmoral Castle, a private residence of the British Royal Family. We continued on to Braemar, where we stopped for coffee.

We continued our journey, crossing through the Cairngorms Nation Park, and stopped for a light lunch in Tomintoul.

We then headed north to Cawdor Castle, where we stopped for a tour of this stately home, parts of which date back to the 15th Century (and which is not related to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”).

Upon leaving Cawdor, we came upon a highway accident, and were forced to detour through the countryside on one lane tracks. This would have been straightforward enough, but for the fact that traffic from the other side of the accident was also trying to detour via this route!

In late afternoon we arrived at our next B&B, just outside of Inverness. For dinner we ventured in to Inverness and, after several abortive attempts to find parking, enjoyed a nice pizza. We can not get over how lucky we have been with weather!

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View of the village of Tarland
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Tomnaverie Stone Circle
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View of area near Tarland
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Tomnaverie Stone Circle
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Highland view
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Cawdor Castle
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Cawdor Castle
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View from along our drive
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A pretty spot along our drive.

Posted by Jimpat 10:14

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