14 October 2018

Tour-Guiding Again

My parents visited us again last month for two weeks.  Of course, it was great to see them and they brought me a few goodies too!  We planned a two-night trip to Edinburgh, hoping for better weather than last time, as well as one to Inverness.  Both trips included day-long, guided bus tours so we could see a lot in a short amount of time.  A return trip to Macallan was requested as well to see the newly-finished distillery and visitor center.

Of course, we had to visit Aberdeen beach and show off the new off-shore wind farm

I think the highlight of the holiday for all of us was our bus tour from Inverness to Skye.  It was a long day, but the views were truly stunning.

Skye Bridge

Red Cuillins

Black Cuillins

Old Man of Storr

Kilt Rock

Mealt Falls

The Quiraing


Eilean Donan Castle

Urquhart Castle

Returning to Inverness

We got the VIP treatment at The Macallan Distillery, thanks to Pat's brother.  Actually, I think everyone gets this sort of treatment; everyone else just has to pay for it!

Yes, the distillery has their own highland cows.

This wall of whisky is insured for £19M, if I recall accurately.

The biggest mash tun in Scotland.

Yep!  Five tastes, including the raw spirit.

We also visited the Knockando Woolen Mill in Speyside.

Edinbugh is always bustling, but at least it was quieter than when the Festival is on...and it was dry this time.

St Giles' Cathedral

The Royal Mile

The ever-present piper

Sir Walter Scott Monument

Edinburgh Castle

Our bus trip from Edinburgh was somewhat disappointing after our Skye trip, but my parents saw some sights they had not seen before, as did Pat and I.  

Doune Castle, for fans of Outlander and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Loch Lomond

We also visited Pitmedden Garden and Museum of Farming Life in Aberdeenshire.

As always, you can click/tap any photo to just view the photos and see them on a bigger screen.