Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Birthday in Scotland, part 2

Here's the 2nd batch of Scotland photos! These are mostly from our day trip to Loch Lomond, with various stops at places along the way and back.

Our first stop was at the Forth (Rail) Bridge, crossing the Firth of Forth. It's old (finished in 1890) but still in use today, about 2,5 km long and absolutely massive.

Our second stop was in the city of Stirling, by its castle. We figured the 1,5 hrs stop wouldn't be enough to explore the castle properly, so instead we took in the scenery of the city itself while enjoying an icecream. Scenery including, as seen above, the graveyard around the Church of the Holy Rude.

Fun fact: Holy Rude actually means Holy Cross, like the differently spelled Holyrood in Edinburgh that came up in my previous Scotland post. (To be honest though, this wasn't as fun a fact as the mental image the words "Holy Rude" first conjured up in my mind.)

Outside Stirling Castle stands this statue, with the William Wallace Monument (seen Braveheart?) far in the background. In an interesting turn of events, I found out after the trip that the man this statue portrays is meant to be my greatgreat*insert-lots-of-greats-here* grandfather. (Genealogy is fun!)

The name is hard to see in the photo, so I'll give a hint: his name begins with Robert. Ends with Bruce.

Onwards we went and soon came to Loch Lomond, where we had a lovely lunch and wandered along the shores.

The views were delightful. We could happily have spent a whole afternoon here, but sadly only had another 1,5 hrs.

On the way back to Edinburgh we stopped at Scotland's southernmost Highland distillery Glengoyne, where we enjoyed a tour and whisky tasting. Mr Morrgan, who is the true whisky appreciator of us two, took a liking to their 17 year old and brought a bottle of it back home.

The next day it weas time to head back home to Finland, but on the way to the airport I had the chance to do one more thing I'd wanted to since I was a kid - ride on the top of a double-decker bus!

So, those were some of the highlights from the Scotland birthday trip. And for those who might have been wondering, yes I did eat haggis and black pudding (and even a deep-fried Mars bar) and liked it very much. ;)


OnePerfectDay said...

Scotland has been on my list of places to visit for some time now.
It looks exactly as I imagine it.

Happy Birthday by the way....

Brenda (Prairie Daisy Handspun) said...

Happy Birthday! And congratulations on your trip. It sounds like a really fun adventure!

canvas artwork said...

beautiful artwork and pictures

Buy Design said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and glad you like my teddy bear. What a surprise to see that you had visited Scotland for your 30th birthday. I was there for the weekend of my birthday in May, which just happened to be 30 years on since I had first lived in Edinburgh as a student. It is indeed a lovely city with so much to see and do. I did climb the Scott Monument when I was 18 but decided to pass on it this time.
Glad that you enjoyed your trip to Scotland.

Angel.Pearls said...

Wonderfayul birthday! Have a nice day/Eva

milliemodern said...

Happy Birthday! Scotland is my favourite place on earth, and your photos are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog too :-)

Alisa said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great time. I've been on a driving/B&B holiday through Scotland and absolutely loved it. Although sadly we missed Stirling.
p.s Inspired by your Zucchini Slice post I made some from your recipe. We all loved it (except one) and I wrote a post about it, thought you might like to look.
Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Can't wait to try the carrot soup. :-) Alisa

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