17 November 2009

On Tour in Scotland

I don't have any photos for Corner View this week (no-one ever phones my mobile) but I thought it was time to catch up on some recent wanderings around Scotland......

A few weeks back my friends Karen and Alison (I met them in Japan earlier this year) came from London for the weekend with the wish to see some countryside and a castle or 2. I didn't have too many difficulties thinking of things to do. We spent a rather damp afternoon in Edinburgh before heading back to Dundee, but we did see the castle and ate at favourite pub, The Stockbridge Tap. How many pubs can you go to who ask, when ordering fish and chips, if you want haddock or cod?

Saturday the weather was just as bad - wet, grey and windy so we hopped from coffee shop to lunch to chocolate shop, through Pittenweem (couldn't let them visit Scotland without seeing my favourite place), Cellardyke, Crail, Elie and St Andrews. We ate lunch at the Cheese Farm, shopped at a farm shop:

had hot chocolate at the fabulous Cocoa Tree:


and by then the rain had stopped and we were able to take some post storm photos!





On Sunday we headed north to the Danish Christmas Shop in Farnell near Brechin, where we did a little shopping and ate Danish style donuts and pastries. 


It was then time to see a castle and I had decided that Dunnottar Castle on the coast of Aberdeenshire, near Stonehaven was a good choice. It's in the most spectacular location perched on rocks surrounded by the sea on 3 sides.



I think that everyone enjoyed themselves.

Then I spent a weekend at a bunkhouse in Aberfeldy with friends a couple of weeks ago - celebrating a fairly significant birthday, my fairly significant birthday and it was lovely to spend time with so many good friends - there were 13 adults and 2 kids - lots of food and laughs, walks and cooking! A perfect birthday!





Aberfeldy was somewhere in the cloud in the valley....we thought it was grey and cloudy all over, but 5 minutes drive out of Aberfeldy, up the hill, the sun was shining and the sky was blue!

15 comments:

pien said...

aaaaarrgghh!!
you are allways feeding my longing to scotland. while i try to hide it far away, so it dasnt trouble me.
but, nevertheless..
i love your post!

thnxxx anyway ;D

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Belated Significant Birthday Di! Fabulous post -- I've bookmarked it for my next trip -- several things there I want to see. Thanks for sharing -- your visit looks like it was wonderful!

lykkefanten said...

Many happy (albeit late) birthday wishes to you! Good to hear that you had a wonderful time.
Your post has me longing to visit Scotland again... must do it soon!

montague said...

oh happy birthday di!
and break my heart, scotland is sooooo beautiful.

Kari said...

happy birthday.
I love your photo's- so beautiful. I really like the after the storm pics.

ibb said...

Happy birthday di, and lovely photos.
Must go back again.

Francesca said...

What significant locations for a fairly significat birthday:)! I love that castle!

kimmie said...

Beautiful pictures - cell phone or not! Happy Birthday! It looks like a wonderful time!

Tangara said...

I think on Saturday night at the bunkhouse there were 15 kids and no adults :), particularly at balloon time.

Elizabeth said...

Happy belated birthday Di! What incredible shots. I miss seeing this green beauty in the city, but I'm glad to get a little taste of it through your photos!

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Oh !! Thanks for this interesting ride !!! And happy birthday !

la ninja said...

you do live in a beautiful country.
I fell in love with it at 16, on my first visit and I haven't been in... far too long, actually. time to visit again, soon.

Cherry B said...

Our FAVORITE place this summer was Scotland-- and we went ALL over Europe. Thanks for such lovely reminders of that little country :)

life in yonder said...

It's dangerous to post how a wonderful hostess and tour guide you are.... you might get more visitors ;-)

Sounds like you had some eventful and fun days despite the rain.

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