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associated with each bed and breakfast.
We hope you will follow us on our
journey through Scotland
in May ...
Kirkton House - After twenty-five sleepless hours, this quiet haven
just fifteen minutes from the Glasgow airport was
the perfect place in which to recover and set one's bearings. The
grounds were lovely, the room was cozy, the food delicious, and the
hospitality wonderful. Stewart's sense of humor was especially
delightful. We also enjoyed the company of two charming, fellow
guests from England ~ Michael and Hillary Davies.
The View Across the Clyde
The Kirkton House in Cardross, Argyll
and Gillian MacDonald
May 13 - 15
The Lawn at Kirkton House
was our base for the first three days of our journey. We made
short trips to Loch Lomond and Helensborough, and then ventured to Dalry
in Ayrshire. On our last full day at Kirkton House, we drove down to
the former barony of Lynn in Dalry and then to Irvine.
to Ayrshire and Back Again.
By the end of our
stay at Kirkton House, we were thoroughly
at home in Scotland. With an odd blend of reluctance and
anticipation, we left the MacDonalds for the next leg of our journey.
we traveled from Argyll to Ayrshire again, and then on to Galloway.
We enjoyed lands and historical sites we had planned to see and were
delighted with unexpected scenes of beauty and interest. We
discovered Crossraguel Abbey in Ayrshire and Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde. From there, we made our way
through the bonnie hills of Galloway to
the 1685 tomb of a martyr on the moor of Craigmoddie Fell.
Later, we saw the "silv'ry winding Cree," Kirkmabreck Parish Church
with its 1684 carved wood paneling, the Bay of Wigtown, and Threave
Argyll to Galloway
The day's adventures were both relaxing
and romantic, but at last we arrived at our next bed and breakfast.
Craigadam Estate was much more than a place to hang our hats.
The approach with its formal white posts was suggestive of an old manor
house. The cottage exteriors evidenced Craigadam's charm yet
masked the striking interior of certain rooms.
The Entrance to Our Suite
A Quiet Stroll on the Grounds
Craigadam Estate in Kirkpatrick Durham, Kirkcudbrightshire
Proprietors: Richard and
May 16 - 17
The Chinese Room
A Hielan' Coo Bids Farewell
After a night's rest
in The Chinese Room, we drove a bit east to Dumfriesshire, visiting castles,
kirks, and other things. We went first to the town of Dumfries
and saw the River Nith, St. Michael's Kirk, and the Robert Burns House.
From Dumfries, we turned back toward Craigadam but followed a slightly
different route. There, we happened upon Drumlanrig and Durisdeer Kirk.
bit tired from our adventures, we returned to Craigadam, where a quiet
walk among the stately trees and Bluebells of Scotland was a balm for
body and soul. The following
morning, we bid adieu to the pheasant, lambs, and hielan' coo and
continued on our journey. We made no unplanned stops but drove
directly to that ancient city, Edinburgh, where a full day was planned.
The great fortress, Edinburgh Castle, was the first of several historic
places on our agenda. From there, we walked to St. Giles
Cathedral and Greyfriars Kirk. Each place in its own way evoked in
us a sense of awe. From Edinburgh, we drove to Queensferry for
dinner at the historic Hawes Inn, where the food was good, the staff
most cordial, and the atmosphere historic.
Edinburgh and Queensferry
Inn, it was on to Kirkliston and our next bed and breakfast.
- Finding it was a bit more of a challenge than we had anticipated.
Street signs in the cities and towns are inconsistent, and four times on
our 13-day, 1600-mile journey we needed rescuing. In Kirkliston,
we stopped at a telephone booth and called Louise Westmacott, who said,
"Oh, ye're only five minutes. Stay, an' ah'll come an' fetch yew."
And she did. Her garden was peaceful and her breakfast delicious, but we
spent just a night.
Craigbrae Farmhouse in Kirkliston
Proprietors: Michael and
seventh day of our journey, we visited Lin's Mill on the banks of the
Almond River. From there we drove to Perthshire and
the scene of Scotland's greatest victory over the English, the fields of
Bannockburn. We learned that some of the
inspiring words spoken in "Braveheart" were paraphrased from
Scotland's declaration of independence, the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath.
Linsmill and Bannockburn
the fields of Bannockburn, we drove toward Culloden and our next lodging.
- Another one-night stay, Leanach was very attractive and very comfortable.
Rosanne MacKay was helpful in directing us to a local pub for dinner,
and the next morning's breakfast was made all the pleasanter by the view from the conservatory
across the valley of the Nairn. The one photograph we took did not do
justice to Leanach, and we appreciate the use of these images from
Leanach Farm at Culloden Moor, Inverness-shire
The Guest Lounge
Proprietors: Iain and
delicious repast, we went with solemn hearts to the scene of Scotland's
bitterest defeat, Culloden Moor. From there, we drove west and then south
along the great Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, then on to Ben Nevis and
Glen Coe. Glen Coe, like Culloden, evoked a certain degree
Culloden to Glen Coe
not linger, though, as we continued our journey through Scotland.
From Culloden, we drove through Crieff to
Callander and stopped for dinner at The Coppice Hotel, where a matronly
woman was the desk clerk, waitress, and entertainer. As we dined on
Scottish fare, she read to us instructions for catching that elusive
Highland creature known as the wild haggis. Having enjoyed a good
laugh, as well as good food
and good company, we drove another half hour or so to our next lodging. Along the way,
we delighted to see a rainbow over a glen, which we regret having to view
now only in memory because it did not photograph well. At last we arrived
The Barns of
Shannochill - We were at once captivated by the beauty of Shannochill. After settling in our room, we took a stroll on the
grounds as the sun began to set on the pastoral scene. The following morning
we rose early for another walk. The Bluebells of Scotland
were bonnie, as were the pink Campion and other wildflowers. Rabbits
there were aplenty. Thus delighted, we returned to our room for
breakfast. George brought Val's delicious repast to our room.
How splendid was that!
Sunset at the Barns
The Barns of Shannochill
and Val Willis
A Morning Stroll
so lovely it deserved more than one night, but we left, eager to continue
our adventure. At the village
of Killin, we enjoyed the beautiful Falls of Dochart, lingering awhile
before heading west again. At Loch Awe, we saw St. Conan's Kirk, and at Loch Laich,
so named because King James IV often visited his cousins there to enjoy hunting and
hawking in the Highlands. From Stalker, we drove to the loveliest
castle of all ~ the enchanting Eilean Donan
in the Kyle of Lochalsh. Many photographs later, we crossed the Skye Bridge to the famous isle of
the same name. From the Falls of Dochart to
the Isle of Skye
drove straight to our next lodging ...
Lodge - Okay, we were finally, unmistakably over our heads on the social scale, and
one English guest made it clear he suspected. His wife and others,
however, could not have been more gracious; and the staff at the lodge
certainly did nothing to suggest they felt we did not belong.
Kinloch Lodge was once the hunting lodge for the MacDonalds' Armadale
on the Isle of Skye
Macdonald of Macdonald (High Chief of Clan
and Lady Claire Macdonald
freshening up from the day's trek, we repaired to
the drawing room to enjoy a bit of wine and conversation and to await
dinner. We conversed with the English and at last were seated in the
dining room. John indulged in locally smoked trout with dill and
lemon roulade, and I partook of roast Highland lamb with apricot-mint
relish and red wine gravy. Each day, the staff prepares elegant
dinners from recipes created by Lady Claire, a world renowned
Scottish cook. Her dinner was delectable.
Seated at the table next to us were newlyweds from Italy. He held
her hand across the table, looked longingly into her eyes, and tenderly
kissed the palm of her hand. After a dessert of white chocolate
cheesecake with white chocolate and rum sauce, we strolled the grounds of
Kinloch until twilight.
We enjoyed a good night's
rest and a delicious breakfast, departed from Kinloch Lodge, and traveled south along the east coast of
Skye. We photographed a ruin which we later learned was a reputedly haunted
From there, we went to the Clan Donald Visitor Center and Armadale Castle.
romantic Armadale ruins and its well-kept gardens, we turned north again and stopped next
on the shores of Broadford
Bay. On the Isle of Skye
reluctantly, we left Broadford and returned to the mainland of Scotland. After stopping
again at Eilean Donan, with clear, bright skies that generated the most
spectacular photographs, we passed by a few more Highland lochs, the Grey Mare's Tail,
Eilean Donan to Rannoch Moor
The day thus
far had been filled with the beauty and enchantment of the Highlands, but we
turned again now to the Lowlands and our next lodging, in the romantic village of Alloway.
- The beautiful "Hill on the Doon" overlooks the River Doon of the Robert
Burns song "Ye Banks and Braes." There was so much to love at
The Doonbrae that it's featured on the page of adventures associated with
it. The picture below is deceptively plain.
The Doonbrae in Alloway, Ayrshire
Proprietors: John and Moira Pollok-Morris*
May 22 - 23
John and Moira
were gracious hosts, and our room was both lovely and superbly
comfortable. While at Doonbrae, we visited all the sites that make up The
Burns National Heritage Park, then enjoyed dinner at an historic hotel and
an evening on the banks of the Doon.
comfort of the Doonbrae, coupled with the romantic history of
Burns's Alloway, made the latter part of our journey better even than the
It was our favorite stay in all of Scotland.
On the drive
back north, we happened upon Dundonald Castle, near to which are the
fields of Highlees.
Highlees, our journey was drawing to a close. Reluctantly,
we headed for our final bed and breakfast. For our last night in Scotland, we chose
lodging that was close to both the
airport and Loch Lomond. It seemed fitting to complete our journey
and close our adventure in the same lovely spot where we had
Loch Lomond Farewell
By Yon Bonnie Banks
* The Doonbrae is now The
Doonbrae Hotel in the Costley and
Costley Hoteliers group. Whether John and Moira continue to manage
the facility is not obvious. If they do not, more's the pity.