Scotland Journals

Castles and Other Historical Landmarks of Interest

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A November 2006 trip to Scotland by MilwVon

Looking Straight Up Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: We got to see a lot of great places during our week in Scotland. This journal covers just a few of them.

Arbroath Abbey

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The Abbot's House Photo,
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The town of Arbroath was a bit larger than many we have been through that day. While there were signs for the Abbey, we weren’t really sure where to go once we parked the car in the designated lot. A small group of locals were more than happy to oblige the American tourists to find their hometown attraction.As we approached by foot, the red stone ruins towered over the row of cottages. The vastness of what once stood there could definitely be felt and appreciated. Walking just another full steps and through the wrought iron fence you could see the old cemetery and the Abbey ruins behind it.William I founded the monastery in Arbroath after a visit to Canterbury Cathedral in 1178. This p...Read More

Stirling Castle - An Overview

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A View of the Castle Overlooking the Valley Photo, Stirling, Scotland
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They advise that you need at least two hours to do Stirling Castle justice. I think that with our three hours, we still left much unexplored and unseen. We were lucky in that when we arrived a guided tour of the grounds was just beginning. The 30-45 minute narrated walking tour allowed visitors to learn of the history of Stirling Castle and her inhabitants over the course of some 700 years. It was especially interesting in that this wasn’t so much a castle in the more traditional sense, but really a small walled village, a secured fortress high above the valley. The main buildings contained here are the Great Hall (c 1503), The Palace (c 1540), The Royal Chapel (c 1594) and the Great Kitchens (c 1500)...Read More

Glamis Castle

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Glamis Castle Photo, Angus, Scotland
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Glamis Castle is probably best known as the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the birthplace of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret. Perhaps others know Glamis as the setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This castle will sweep you away to an era long past. As with other full furnished castles, tours here are fully guided and closely escorted. The tour starts in the Great Dining Hall which even today is used to host special events including the Royals of the Strathmore and Kinghorne. During our visit, the table was set for 12, although we were told it could be set for a maximum of 36. The fine porcelain containing the family coat of arms was exquisite. Portraits surr...Read More

Glamis Castle
Village of Glamis
Glamis, Scotland
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Edinburgh

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Entrance to Edinburgh Castle Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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They say you cannot go to Scotland without seeing Edinburgh. We now know why. What a beautiful city, a real contrast in time. As you drive in from points beyond, you enter what is a very metropolitan city. Hustling and bustling with people, cars, buses, and taxis, it amazed us at just how many people were in this city. Many of the buildings we saw as we entered the city looked like many other newer European cities that I have visited. Store fronts with well known fashion names lined the roadway on both sides. People all seemed to be in a hurry to get to wherever their destination.As we took the turn that would take us to “Olde Edinburgh” we could see we were moving back in time hundreds of yea...Read More

St. Andrews Cathedral

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St. Andrews Cathedral Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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St. Andrews Cathedral is located right on the shore of the North Sea so the cold northern winds and rains were chilling right to the bones. Many of our photos had rain drops on the camera lens but we were relatively happy with the overall quality of the pictures we took. As you approach this ruin, you can see and feel the history surrounding you. The walls that remained standing today are exquisite in the detail of the medieval architecture.Religious worship on this sacred location dates back to the first days of Christianity in Scotland. Several churches had been built and subsequently destroyed. While the ruins of the Cathedral remain and provide a wonderful opportunity to explore, the most ...Read More

St. Andrews Cathedral

St. Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews Castle

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St Andrews Castle Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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Approximately one-half mile walking distance from St. Andrews Cathedral is St. Andrews Castle. Due to the poor weather, we opted to drive over and hope to find parking nearby. We lucked out, getting to park on the side street that runs along side the castle grounds. The admission here was also around £4 or free with the British Heritage Pass.Once you take care of your admission ticket, there is a short (10-15 minute) walking tour telling the history of St. Andrews and the importance of this castle to the evolution of religion in Scotland. It has been said that St. Andrews was the most religious place in all of Scotland for several hundred years. Pilgrimages during medieval times saw thousands ...Read More

St Andrews Castle

St. Andrews, Scotland