It was nice to be a passenger. When I was the driver I really did not look at anything other than the road in front of me.
We started by doing a drive by of Stirling Castle. We had been here on Monday, this trip was just a get out in the parking lot and look around. We got back in the bus and started back down the hill, where Gail met a car coming up. I think I heard her say seriously?? The car had to back down the hill until we could get by it.
Then off to Doune Castle
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the castle had been closed the prior month due to some filming. Filming? Filming? What??? Some kind of tv show I am told. Like a tv show based on a time traveling woman and Scottish man? Like maybe The Outlander book? I see the woman in the gift shop putting out some books. Guess what??? Yes, they were using this castle as Castle Leoch, the seat of the Mackenzie. They built a little village out front. They will be back. Then I read it was also used as Winterfell in the pilot for Game of Thrones. OMG - does life get any better?
Then up thru the Highlands, we saw this:
I don't remember the name of this beauty.
Then to a little town called Inveraray, home of the Clan Campbell. There is a castle here, but it was closed because the head of the clan was in residence. Cool!!
But we did see this:
Then off to another cute town on the banks of Loch Lomond - our guide told us to to pronounce Loch like we were a cat coughing up a hairball. The name of the town was Luss, it was getting on towards evening and we came around a corner to find this little kirk:
Then back on the bus for the trip back to Edinburgh to pack and get a couple of hours sleep before being picked up for a ride to the airport for our 6:30 am flight. Who made these arrangements.
This is what you see prior to getting on the plane: