We are just into our last week of our spring 2019 Scotland trip and in typical Scottish fashion the weather has turned not so nice. Yesterday we played golf in heavy showers and 25 mph winds. Today we played in heavy clouds with no rain or wind—a better day. Tomorrow it’s back to rain again. but the inside time gives me a chance to organize my more than a thousand photos into a meaningful blog post (or in this instance, two posts). I’ve tried to pick photos that characterize both Scotland and our trip. This “Best Of” is presented in categories, starting with some village images.
|Construction in Dunblane|
We love the villages, the small towns, far more than the cities. Places like Crieff (our home base), Aviemore, Comrie, Boat of Garten, Grantown-on-Spey, Stonehaven, and many others are where the Scots walk daily to shops and cafes, much as you’d see in the 1950s in the states. We find there are always interesting things to see in the villages.
|Horse and buggy in Kingussie|
|How much is that haggis in the window?|
|Peterhead Pub Patron|
|This could be any village in Scotland.|
|And this could be any village road in Scotland.|
A special type of village is the seaside village or harbour. Scotland’s harbours come in all sizes [Thanks ,Mr Obvious, for that startling information.] from the small village harbour like Crail to the large fishing ports at Peterhead, Fraserburgh, and Aberdeen. Even though I don’t enjoy being on almost any size boat, the vessels are always good photo targets.
|Crail Harbour on Fife|
|Gardenstown, a clearance village|
|Fraserburgh with large fishing boats.|
|Sea Pinks and Buchaness Lighthouse|
|Rainbow over Stonehaven Harbour|
|Buchaness Lighhouse in the fog|
On this trip we had several encounters of the wildlife kind that couldn’t be photographed. For instance, on one trip home from a golf club social event we came within a couple of feet of hitting a rather large red deer. There was also the time near Cruden Bay when a large owl flew across the road right in front of us. Can’t have a camera on everything, but there were many sightings of Scottish fauna (mostly foul) where we could get photos.
|Oystercatcher at St Andrews Botanical Garden|
|Hairy Coo at Balgove Larder in St Andrews|
|At the St Andrews Botanical Garden|
The last category for this first part of The Best of the trip involves the life of the traveler--a little bit about how we live on the road.
|A Good Shopping Trip|
|In self-catering we turned the lounge into a drying room.|
|A relaxing afternoon snack|
|The white bait and calamari are pretty good at Anstruther Fish Bar.|
NEXT: Of course, Part 2.