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Enchanted Scotland, part 1

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The Forth rail bridge. (Elliot, I was thinking of you when I took this.)

 

After Edinburgh I went on a backpackers’ tour with Wild in Scotland, which I can’t recommend highly enough. Everyone on the tour was nice, we got to stay in a castle with a secret passageway, went for walks in the snow and learned a lot about Scottish history and folklore. Our guide, Danny, is smart and hilarious and a whole lot of fun all around.[Edit, 2013: Sadly, Wild in Scotland is no longer in business.]

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The first day was definitely a highlight—we walked part of the Fife coastal path, which involved quite a bit of clambering up and down the rocks. Below: Danny talks Adrienne down a fairly scary rock wall.

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After lunch we drove to a church but walked past it, into the woods to an old Pictish gathering-place. Then, of course, the first Christians came along and made a few tweaks:

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Below: the ruins of St. Andrew’s Cathedral; Doune Castle, where part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed; Hamish the hairy cooooooo (i.e., Highland cow) at Kilmahog.

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Next post: snow, and lots of it (that’s where the enchanted part comes in.)

3 Comments to Enchanted Scotland, part 1

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    December 29, 2010 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    This looks like quite an adventurous tour! I especially like the mammoth-looking animal and the scary rock descent.

  2. December 29, 2010 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    So gorgeous!
    I’d like to rub that coooooo’s nose.

  3. December 29, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    (Actually, I lie. I’m afraid of cooooos.)

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