My husband and I recently had the privilege to spend 10 glorious days in Scotland with our one-year-old daughter, Isla. We drove well over 19-hours and wracked up north of 1,000 miles on our rented Audi, but we saw a ton of sites. Two days in Edinburgh, three days in Inverness, three days in Fort William and two additional days in Edinburgh at the end proved to be productive and adventurous. Here are just a few of the highlights for this week’s Photo Friday!
Urquhart Castle, sitting at precisely the deepest point of Loch Ness.
Melrose Abbey, the site of burial for King Robert the Bruce’s heart.
Following the exhilarating drive through Cairngorms National Park from Edinburgh to Inverness. A four hour drive through mountains, rolling hills and the occasional roadside sheep.
Loch Ness as a storm rolls in.
Dunrobin Castle, home to the earls and dukes of Sutherland. This castle is situated on the east coast, just above Dornoch and Inverness. It’s beautiful windows face right out into the ocean.
Looking from Isle of Skye you can see the small fishing town of Mallaig, where ferries can be caught to the various west coast islands.
The view from atop Arthur’s Seat, looking down into the city of Edinburgh.
Glenfinnan Monument on Loch Shiel. The opposing view is home to the Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame.
Roslyn Chapel, also the site of filming for the Da Vinci Code.
Balmoral Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s private summer residence.
A view of the mountains to the north of Fort George, military base of the Queen’s Own Highlanders.
A house in the middle of the mountains. You cannot see it, but the backyard likely has an incline of 1,000 plus feet above sea level. No big deal.
Eilean Donan Castle, home to clan MacCrae.
Inside St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
The view from our car of the mainland from the Isle of Skye.