Saturday, April 3, 2010

Scotland, Home of Hamish

Being in scotland for four days was great.
 I went all over, from the lowlands to the highlands and to the Isle of Skye. It was beautiful, to put it mildy. The second day there was snow on the mountains, by the third roads were being closed because of the snow storm. It was freezing, snowy and, rainy, but wonderful. I got to see some castles, landscape, and learn some great history of Scotland. The tour guide was pretty great, she was easy-going and made some silly jokes, but also knew what she was talking about. One thing that I remember easily is that faery's are real, never forget it and don't make one mad. Other stuff is about the clan system and about fighting and how history made the present Scotland.

The first name of Scotland was Caledonia, meaning land of the woods. Romans first named Scotland, when it was still covered in forest. Interesting little fact because there is hardly anywhere near as much woods. I think the tour guide said it was 90% covered and now is only 5%.

More important note.
Hamish, is the name of the famous Scottish Cow. He was an awesome cow. I wish I could buy myself one, but it would have ot be just like this cow. Hamish would pose for pictures, look towards the camera, at least thats what is seemed like through all of his hair. You could pet him and feed him. He was the best cow ever.

Day One

Edinburgh to Loch Ness

Day Two

Skye day-tour

Day Three

Return to Edinburgh

·    Leave Edinburgh towards Stirling passing by Linlithgow Palace- birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots

·    Stirling battlefields- where Wallace and Bruce bravely fought for Scotland’s freedom!

·    Through the Trossachs- Rob Roy MacGregor country

·    Rannoch Moor- the largest expanse of uninhabited wilderness in Europe!

·    Glencoe- site of the infamous bloody massacre in the winter of 1692

·    Great Glen- Lochs Linnhe, Lochy, Oich, and.. Ness!

·    Fort William and Ben Nevis- the highest mountain in the UK

·    Fort Augustus & Morag’s (Nessie’s sister’s) Lodge

·    Loch Garry- affectionately known as “Scotland’s Loch”, and on to ‘The Road To The Isles’

·    Glen Shiel & the Five Sisters of Kintail- they weren’t always there you know!

·    Eilean Donan Castle- used in the film ‘Highlander’

·    Over the sea to Skye!

·    Broadford and ‘Beinn na Caillich’- Hill of the Old Woman, grave of Saucy Mary

·    Sligachan Glen and a Highland faerie story, and views of Glamaig - hill race run each year

·    Portree and magnificent Trotternish- ‘nish’ being the Norse word for peninsula.

·    Back over the Skye Bridge to Fort Augustus

·    Drive the full length of mysterious Loch Ness, past ruined Urquhart Castle

·    Inverness- meaning ‘At the mouth of the River Ness’

·    Culloden Moor- where Bonnie Prince Charlie led the Highlanders in the doomed final Jacobite uprising, and changed Scotland forever

·    Clava Cairns - prehistoric burial chambers

·    Through the Cairngorms National Park to Kingussie for lunch

·    Drumochter Pass- the highest road in Britain

·    Dunkeld- shimmering River Tay and the ruined Cathedral. Back to the Lowlands!

·    Past Perth- an ancient capital of our nation

·    Forth Road / Rail Bridges


Mushroom Daisy said...

I want Hamish! I am so glad you are enjoying your trip

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