I figured while I was on the Scottish theme from my previous post of my Scottish ancestor, James Frank Bowie, I might as well go ahead and post my photos from our trip to Scotland. We flew from Nashville into Edinburgh, Scotland in July of 2008 and bravely rented a car to drive through the countryside.
We started off with our first night in the little seaside town of Crail, where a local festival was going on. I loved the neatly-kept cobblestoned towns and colorful flowers everywhere. We stayed at a the Selcraig House B & B, which was filled with antiques. www.selcraighouse.co.uk/
Our next stop was St. Andrews, so Wally could check out their famous Old Course and dream… I enjoyed picking up sea glass at the little harbor beach area for my collection and with the chilly weather, found some wonderful Scottish wool sweaters and a crystal decanter in some of the St. Andrews charity (thrift) shops.
We then headed north to our evening destination, Nairn, and the Invernairne Guest House on Moray Firth. www.invernairne.com/ It was fabulous!!! Our suite looked out over the firth and we watched dolphins frolic from the yard. Their dining area also looks over the water and they have the coolest pub on the other end. The little town of Nairn has some nice boutiques and shops and my favorite was a local artisan/crafts shop where I got my mother some handmade wool yarns for knitting.
From Nairn we visited Castle Cawdor, which has the most heavenly gardens and maze. The castle tour was interesting as well, as the family still lives in part of it. Of course the antiques were amazing as well!
We couldn’t not visit Loch Ness and even with dreary weather it was neat to see the home of “Nessie” and the ancient Castle Urquhart that sits right above the water.
After leaving Nairn, we drove through Elgin where I had Wally stop off at their local Moray County history and genealogy archives to do some research (see James Frank Bowie Family History post). We were scheduled to meet up with Wally’s Ogles cousins in Morpeth for their Ogles family reunion, so it was time to head south.
From Elgin, we drove down through the mountains and forests through Grantown-on-Spey, which is a beautiful town with some interesting shops worth visiting. We stopped off for a late lunch in Perth, which is a picturesque town with a river running through it. They had a wonderful antique store that Wally let me browse through for a while, then it was back on the road.
Our time was over too quickly, and Scotland is definitely on our list of places to return to again. I just hope it’s a bit warmer next time!
Here’s our snapshots, mostly in corresponding order of our trip: