My dear friend, Andrea and I, went on a lovely voyage to Scotland! It was a fun, adventurous experience, and I'm going to share with you all my pics from each day we were there!
|Here is a pic I took near the parking area looking up at the castle. At this point adrenaline was still pumping, but the thought of climbing up made our legs a little weak...|
|The walkway from the parking lot to the castle is called--Castle Terrace.|
|Another view of the castle from the walking path.|
|See the whole in the wall? I zoomed in on this. This could have two uses--a toilet, or a spot to drop boiling water or oil on enemies. I was certainly glad to be a visitor in this era.|
|We finally made it to the top. This is a view of the town below, mountains and water in the distance. Just a beautiful, amazing sight. My breath was taken away (not just from the climb).|
|This is me outside the gate to the castle. I'm looking a little worse for wear after traveling over twelve hours, but I'm still super excited to be there!|
|A statue of William Wallace outside the castle gate.|
|A statue of Robert the Bruce outside the gate. We studied the for several minutes before realizing the one with the crown was the Bruce.|
|I love doors and this one was nearly twice as tall as me!|
|Through the gate, I had to take a pic of the portcullis, but you can barely see it. Lots of visitors that day!|
|This is the Scottish National War Museum. It had beautiful stained glass and looked like a castle himself.|
|The great hall. Look at that amazing ceiling.|
|A closer look at the hearth, some suits of armor, and a doorway that would have led the king or noble away from the great hall.|
|Queen Mary's chair|
|Figures of Robert the Bruce being crowned.|
|In addition to loving doors, I also love stairs :)|
|The front figures are Queen Mary being prepared to be crowned at 9 months of age. The figure in the back is Mary grown up--it said she was nearly six feet tall as an adult! An imposing woman, no wonder her cousin Elizabeth was afraid of her.|
|Yes, we did have to climb into the boxes to take pics, lol|
|This fascinated me! A cemetery for soldier dogs. |
We arrived at our rented flat around 8:30 that night, and then drove for another hour -- passing the same Chinese take-out 6 times--before we found a Tesco to buy some food. We were too exhausted to eat out as we'd been awake for over 24 hours with just a little nap. I was so excited they had a ready-made Moroccan cous-cous and vegetable samosas. Yum! Not exactly Scottish, but food music to this vegetarian's ears. Oh, and we met a very handsome young lad who topped-up our UK cell minutes, and then asked us why on earth we'd ever travel to Scotland on holiday. He thought we should be somewhere warm. But honestly, the weather was better than where we'd come from. Both of us passed out on the big cushy chairs in our living room, and we slept until 11:30 the following day, lol! I haven't slept in that late since college!
Will post more pics of our second day of adventuring, tomorrow!