Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument (Day 9)

Memory is a funny thing. Sometimes you can’t remember a thought that popped into your head 5 minutes, but you can remember the first time Braveheart came on TV and you actually were allowed to watch (most of) it. I remember thinking how beautiful the scene was where Wallace courts Murron. They ride through a glen and up a mountain and end looking out over a loch. I wanted to go there.

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Atholl Highlanders Gathering (Days 7 & 8)

In a small town near by our current hometown, there is a Tartan Festival that I won tickets to one year.  It launched Ben into a genealogical search of his Scottish side of the family.  He traced his paternal lineage all the way back to the 900’s.  His family had ties to Clan Murray from then on to at least the 1740’s.  The Murray’s have held the dukedom of Atholl for centuries and with it, Blair Castle.

Every Maybank Holiday weekend, they put on a history presentation, a parade and highland games celebrating the Atholl Highlanders, the Duke of Atholl’s private army (these days ceremonial). It kicks off the season of Highland Games and piping competitions in Scotland.  Our conversation upon discovering this fact went something like this…

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In Search of Nessie- Scotland Day 6

Standing on rocks in the loch, hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie…

I am not going to lie, it was difficult to leave Skye with so much unexplored. However, today was a new day! We were off to the opposite side of the country, from Skye to Pitlochry via Loch Ness. Continue reading “In Search of Nessie- Scotland Day 6”