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From Scotland with Love and Haggis

We have got used to holding on tightly as we get our boots knocked off from some stunning places, views and adventures. Haggis Adventure really knows how to put the “thrill” in a ride across Scotland. We saw some amazing scenic drops that I thought were graphically created in pictures and movies, but it’s really real and it’s in Scotland. Maybe it was the draw of the salt water, the feeling of being in a mystical place or the fairy dust – this three day adventure was outstanding. So seat back, strap yourself in and get ready to explore the HighLands.

SAMSUNG CSCWant some great history and clarification about BraveHeart? We made a stop at the William Wallace Monument. Throughout our tour, we got information about Wallace and what an impact this man along with other great Scots made towards freedom. We can even see here that Rachel got caught up in the cry for freedom!!

Killin is a nice little town. We made a brief stop for what turned out to be a great places to take some photos. The river going through the town provided for this photo op.  At this point I was feeling that “DeepScottishLove or DSL”.

Glencoe was a site of a massacre, movie scenes and more great pictures.

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Inverlochy Castle is a ruins along a river. Beautiful and old, but still lots of fun, as you can see Lady Rachel of the house of Marker having some fun in an action shoot.

Spean Bridge is a place for the Commando’s Monument. Perfect timing, since we were there on Veteran Day. We were able to pay respect to the soldiers of Scotland and remember those who fight for our freedom – Thank you!!

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Fort Augustus is the place where we spent two nights in a hostel – nice place.   On our first night there, we went to “The Clansman Centre for some Scottish history and kilt wearing. I got to grab a claymore and act as if I was being a true Highlander for 30 seconds.  Along the winding road we stopped outside of Loch Cluanie. This was one of our first big climbs that yielded some great pictures. My heart was definitely thumbing, I’m not sure if it was the climb or the view.

Dornie is the town that is where Eilean Donan Castle is located. We jumped out really quick for a hillside picture and then down the hill to see the castle in person. We got to see this beautiful creation from up on the hill, during the day and at night – each time was awwwesome.

Sligachan Cuillin Hills was refreshing!! As we rode from place to place, Nick our guide was telling us stories. He did a great job of leading us into this one, which was about the leaders of the fairies. Not only was his ability mean at keeping our attention but he got us involved in a little refreshing fun. Nick, starts the story on the minibus and leads us down to the stream. At this point, this crazy Scot, runs over and puts his face into the stream, runs back tells more of the story and repeats. Seriously, Nick, that was greatness if I say so myself. Of course, we couldn’t continue our adventure without a little facial stream plunge. I got Rachel on video for this one and will share in an up coming TMM Productions. I have to say – wow that water sure is refreshing.

Portree has a picturesque harbor with the boats and mountain backdrops.

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The Storr mountain range including the old man rock was outstanding. Then we were off again to Staffin waterfall and coastline. This area has the Kilt Rock, which is a rock face that looks like the pleats of a kilt.

Uig is another small town. However the view from up on the top of the mountain range overlooking the coastline is one of the best I have ever seen. The roads are small, winding and filled with sheep, but the view – WOW!

We had to made a visit to Loch Ness, the lake and legend of the Monster. We aren’t quite sure if we saw Nessie or not – I’m still working on the clarity of some of the pictures. Once I have them developed, I’ll be sure to post the finding. ;D  Inverness is another one of Scotland’s major cities and yet another ruined castle along the loch. We weren’t able to made it into this castle but the overview was still nice.  Tomatin is both a town and whiskey distillery of Highland Scotch Whiskey. We got the tour, story and tastings. We even found some whiskey in a barrel older than us – that’s going to be some good stuff when they crack that keg.

Dunkeld Cathedral was beautiful. The cathedral was actually a bit chilly but the warmth of the stain glass everything all good. Part of the grounds is open aired and I bet in the spring on a clear day is even more gorgeous.

Overall, we saw some amazing places, heard some great stories, and made new friends – thank you Nick for a great job!! I “Highland”ly recommend this tour.

Slainte’ from Scotland

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