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May 17 2016

Stepping out of the airplane just after 01am a cold breeze welcomed our faces.

We had arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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walking to the first hotel (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE) 

   The airlink 100 bus was our way off the airport and after a while we were strolling near by into the peaceful night towards the hotel.

May 18 2016

A few hours sleep, a good breakfast and a cloudy morning.

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close to Edinburgh airport (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

The bus returned us close to the airport to get our rented car.

I instructed myself to enter the car form the correct opposite side, where I would find the steering wheel. Then we drove off towards Stirling castle.

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view from Stirling Castle (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

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Elina and Bruce, Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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… (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

The shinning knight watched towards the window as a pouring rain began.

It was time to move on.

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Doune (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

By the time we got to Doune Castle the rain was at ease with just a few drops here and there…

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Doune Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Doune Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Doune Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

Leaving Doune we took A84 and A85 up to Killin, enjoying the scenery.

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Loch Lubnaig (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)

Then we got back on A9.

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On A9 close to Aldclune (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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On A9 near Bogbain  (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

Checked in with some light left to enjoy a quick walk around the hotel by the river in the capital of the Highlands.

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Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE_video frame)

 

May 19 2016

 

A new day, a good breakfast and a river to start.

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Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

 

Before going up, we had to go down. Cause there are two places near Inverness we wanted to visit. The third one was a bonus.

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Culloden Battlefield (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Culloden Battlefield (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

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Culloden Battlefield (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Culloden Battlefield (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Culloden Battlefield (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)

An emotional place to walk through, with the monument stones for the clans and the small house.

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river Nairn  (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

On route from Culloden Battlefield to the prehistoric Clava Cairns crossing the river Nairn via a small bridge, the vegetation was not enough to hide a surprise…

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Clava Cairns (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Clava Cairns (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Clava Cairns (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

Exiting the prehistoric site we turned right and down the road we reached an open area, there it was…

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Culloden Viaduct (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)

 

Back up again and along the road side by side with the famous loch. The route continued. Ness was calm.

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Loch Ness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

We left A82 for A887 following river Moriston. Stopped to get coffee and snack to a beautiful cafe.

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Redburn cafe (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Highland Cattles (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

Upon reaching Dornie the weather got pretty rough but there it was.

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Eilean Donan Castle (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

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Eilean Donan Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Eilean Donan Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

On the road back to Ness territory for a castle, an exhibition place and a meal.

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Urquhart Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

The visiting hours on Urquhart were over. On to the center…

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Loch Ness Center & Exhibition (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

…the time was almost six in the afternoon, the center was closed. But the restaurant close by was open and it’s been a long day.

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 Drumnadrochit hotel restaurant (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Drumnadrochit hotel restaurant (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

A salute to the cool mouse and back to Inverness for a walk.

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Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Scotland’s national animal, Inverness (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

 

May 20 2016

Next day finds us side by side with Ness once more. This time we admire her full length to the end as we head on…

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Loch Ness (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)

The weather varied but we didn’t mind.

Frames from video while driving.

Soon to reach “Our land” …

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Lady Elina of Glencoe (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Highland Titles, Glencoe (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

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It was a great nature walk and with a “royal” feeling of pleasure as an outcome of contributing to this purpose, we drove off for Oban. We were half way there when we saw it.

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Stalker Castle (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

Arriving at Oban we decided not to walk through the town but head straight to were the town began.

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The Oban Distillery (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

The Oban distillery was built first, then the town grew up around it. We got the two last tickets on the last tour on a Friday afternoon. It was well worth it despite the hurry back to deliver the car on time in Edinburgh.

 

May 21 2016

 

All day out and about with no planned route and gloomy weather.

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 KodakGold100)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 KodakGold100)

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Greyfriars Booby, Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 KodakGold100)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

 

May 22 2016

 

On the way to the airport we saw David and the sun lighting up Edinburgh Castle.

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Edinburgh (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Edinburgh (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

 

This was not a guide. Just some words and photos of our first trip in Scotland. There will be more, as we have open matters (Eilean castle with better weather, Ness boat trip, Thurso, Skye, Glenfinnan, more Oban, more Edinburgh, more Scotland.)  Time maybe on our side.

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