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    Along the Northern Roads of Scotland…

    Hello Hello from beautiful Scotland!

    Finally have access to Wifi  :-) and therefore very happy to share some pictures we took recently while touring the scenic roads, colorful places and magnificent landscapes of our beloved Alba.

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    ©‎ Scotiana 2015

     

    Even when the weather is acting up….the beauty lies within.

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    Assynt – Scotland ©‎ Scotiana 2015

    Breathtaking scenery of the spectacular Assynt region in the North West Highlands of Scotland

    Assynt scenic roads in Scotland

    Assynt – Scotland ©‎ Scotiana 2015

    Assynt resides amidst some of the wildest and most remote mountain and coastal scenery.

    Ardverck Castle in Scotland

    Ardvreck Castle – Scotland ©‎ Scotiana 2015

    We always come back sightseeing Ardvreck castle, constructed around 1590 by the Clan MacLeod,  owner’s of Assynt and surrounding area in the Sutherland.

    Did you know that the …

    ….castle is said to be haunted by two ghosts, one a tall man dressed in grey who is supposed to be related to the betrayal of Montrose and may even be Montrose himself. The second ghost is that of a young girl. The story tells that the MacLeods procured the help of Clootie (a Scottish name for the Devil, deriving from ‘cloot’, meaning one division of a cleft hoof) to build the castle and in return the daughter of one of the MacLeod chieftains was betrothed to him as payment. In despair of her situation, the girl threw herself from one of the towers and was killed. [Wikipedia]

     

    Near Ardvreck castle in Scotland

    On the banks of Ardvreck Castle – Scotland ©‎ Scotiana 2015

     

    Dog playing in the waters near Ardvreck Castle - Scotland

    Dog playing in the waters near Ardvreck Castle – Scotland ©‎ 2015

     

    pied wagtail bird in scotland

    Fluffy pied wagtail – ©‎ Scotiana 2015

     

    Birds - Scotland

    ©‎ Scotiana 2015

     

    Stay tuned for more!

    Mairiuna and Jean-Claude

     

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    Travelling in Scotland again!

    Edinburgh Ross Fountain Castle

    Edinburgh Ross Fountain Castle © Scotiana 2015

    Travelling Scotland again

    Hello dear friends! We are happy to let you know that we landed in Edinburgh on May 5th 2015 to initiate our 8th trip, since year 2000, to Scotland, and this time around, for an extended 45 days. :-)

    Despite problems upon arrival with rental car company, we finally managed to reach our favorite overnight stay at Mortonhall Caravan Park. The owners had left a small package at the welcome cabin with the key to rented wigwam. We are so grateful to them to have put on the heat… as it was 2 am and very cold outside!

    We were also happy to find inside the wigwam a small fridge, a microwave and a TV set that allowed us to follow the news on May 7th voting day. The heartfelt joy of being back in Scotland is boosting our energy level but we still suceeded to get some sleep hours.

     

    Mortonhall Caravan Park at Edinburgh

    Mortonhall Caravan Park at Edinburgh © Scotiana 2015

     

    As soon as we woke up, took showers, ate breakfast, and headed to the National Trust of Scotland’s office, located in the gorgeous Georgian house on Charlotte Square, just next to Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister’s residence, to purchase our NTS pass.

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    National Trust of Scotland, 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh © Scotiana 2015

    The house has been magnificently restored to show a typical Edinburgh New Town House of the late 18th to early 19th century. The fine collection of period furniture, porcelain, silver and glass reflects the lifestyle and social and economic conditions of the time.

    The Georgian House was restored in the early 1970s and over the past few years there has been an ongoing programme of redecoration to bring it back to its pristine 1975 condition.

    Source: nts.org.uk

    Ben Lawers highland cows

    Ben Lawers Highland Cows © Scotiana 2015

    On our way to Ben Lawers National Park, we couldn’t resist capturing images of these adorable Highland Scottish cows. Their long horns and long wavy coats makes them unique, don’t you think?

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    Jean-Claude says Hi! from beside the Cairn in Ben Lawers National Park

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    Lovely Scottish Black Face Sheep © Scotiana 2015

    From Mortonhall Caravan Park we headed towards Blair Castle and stopped along the way at Dunkeld to admire the cathedral and then Birnam, to visit Beatrix Potter Center.

    Mascottes Beatrix Potter Garden

    Scotiana’s mascots at Birnam’s Beatrix Potter Garden © Scotiana 2015

    A cheerful welcome from Philip, the warden, greeted us at Blair Castle’s camping site. Did not take us long to pull up our little tent as the wind was chilly and we ere eager to get under cover.

    “It froze yesterday” said Philip.  Brrrrrrr….

    Mascottes Blair Castle

    Scotiana’s mascots at Blair Castle – Scotland © Scotiana 2015

    It was quite a challenge to locate the Dunfallandy stone, an exceptionally well-preserved Pictish cross-slab!

    Dunfallandy Stone path

    Let’s follow Mairiuna up the path leading to the Dunfallandy Pictish stone – Scotland © Scotiana 2015

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    Dunfallandy Stone -Pictish stone © Scotiana 2015

     ‘ (…) It is carved from red sandstone.

    One face bears an elaborately decorated cross, around which are panels containing figures and a combination of fantastic and naturalistic animals. The reverse face is framed by a pair of fish monsters clasping a human head – perhaps an allusion to Jonah and the whale. Within this frame are three human figures, two seated (a man and a woman?) and the third mounted on a horse. (…)

    Read more about it on: historic-scotland.gov.uk

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    Scotiana’s mascots at St Mary’s Chapel – © Scotiana 2015

    On the road again…

    Stay tuned for more!

    Mairiuna and Jean-Claude

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    “Where Duty Lies .. .. “

     

     

    George’s dog learning the tricks of the trade © Scotiana

    Working dogs, careless of their own safety, ignore danger on the roads. It’s always with an immense pleasure that we receive a new Letter from Scotland so kindly written by Iain and Margaret. Each ‘letter’ is a wonderful gem, a true gift […]

    Atwater Library Lunchtime Event Welcomes Scotiana with ‘Scotland The Brave’

     

    It was truly a delight to hear piper Alec McGuckin from the 78th Fraser Highlanders play ‘Scotland The Brave‘ to mark the start of the event on March 19th, 2015 at the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series featuring Scotiana.com, a Scottish travel and literature blog, co-authored by Mairiuna and Jean-Claude from France, […]

    The Best of Scotland – Argyll & The Isles: Iona…

     

    Sailing on towards Iona aboard the Calendonian MacBrayne ferry © 2003 Scotiana

     

    Hi everybody,

    Our journey goes on in Argyll and the Isles, in search of the best of Scotland and today a little passenger ferry will lead us to Iona, one of the jewels of Argyll & The Isles.

    With its […]