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Sunday, November 21

Scotland Trip Part 1.....

Here is a quick peek into the first few days of our trip to Scotland.  I have been to Scotland before, I was fortunate enough to study at the University of Edinburgh for a semester as an undergraduate.  However, most of my time was spent in Edinburgh and despite a few trips to the Highlands, I did not see that much of the country.  My husband has always wanted to go as golf and Scotch are among his top loves in life:)  So when it came time to book our fall vacation, the choice was obvious to both of us.  We rented a car and saw much of the country....here are a few pictures from the first few days of our journey:  We actually took over 500 pics!

We stayed in East Ayrshire for a few days, this is the golf course at our hotel.

Turnberry Golf Course

Entrance to Culzine Castle, seat of the Kennedy family, handed over to the Royal Trust of Scotland in 1948 because of the 75% inheritance tax.  (Thank you Parliament!)....The entrance gate was intentionally designed to look like ruins.
Culzine Castle which sits on a bluff over the Irish Sea...we went on a tour through the house, but no pictures allowed.  It was filled with amazing antiques and portraits.

The ruins of Kennedy Castle, the original home of the Kennedy family of Culzine.  Mary Queen of Scots stayed here at one point for a few nights.  The castle was abandoned in the 1500s after Culzine was built.  Over the centuries the castle has begun to crumble into the sea and their was a fire which destroyed the rest of it in the 1700s.

Glengoyne Distillery, located about 45 minutes outside Glasgow.


Inside the distillery.

Loch Awe

Waterfall into Loch Awe.

Chapel on Loch Awe.


Inveraray Castle.....it looks like a Fairy Tale palace.  

More to come.....

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

xoxo,
J.

6 comments:

  1. Wow!!! That looks amazing! I really want to go visit a lot of Europe!! Now I just have to get my husband on a flight that long !!!

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  2. What amazing pictures, thanks so much for posting them. Looks like an unbelievable trip. Those castles are incredible.

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  3. Great photos, and thanks for sharing them! Enjoy the rest of the trip!

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  4. Beautiful pics! Hope you had a great T-giving! I nominated your blog over at mine for a bloggy award! :) http://chasingdavies.blogspot.com/2010/11/happy-black-friday.html

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  5. Thanks for sharing photos! I was in Scotland years ago and it was definitely one of my most memorable trips.

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