Scottish Trip June 2006
Crossing the border in the Cheviot Hills
Ruins of Jedburgh Abbey
Forth Rail Bridge
Forth Road Bridge
MAX ELL BUI DIN - not Gaelic, but the shuttered Maxwell Building (after James Clerk Maxwell) near Edinburgh. A remnant of the
Marconi Company, once the most valuable industrial UK stock before being wrecked by a couple of accountants.
At least Rolls Royce is still in business
Edinburgh through the haze from the north side of the Firth of Forth. Just visible are the church spires
of the Royal Mile, flanked by Arthur's Seat to the left and the castle rock to the right.
Pitlochry Hotel view
The all-year Hogmany store in Pitlochry. Doing good business judging by the owner's car
This Church accommodates saints and sinners...
New Labour ?
Secret of Scotland's fast-flowing waters ?
Near Aberfeldy, Perthshire
Could be France, actually Morayshire
Strathspey Steam Railway at Aviemore
Gorse in bloom
Another day, another castle. Cawdor, featured in Macbeth. It was actually built in the 14th century,
whereas Macbeth died in 1052, but Shakespeare never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
At the Fort George parade ground staff prepare for a visit by the Deputy Prime Minister
The fort's Green Goddess 1950s fire engine (with just 2,000 miles on the clock). Access steps now
fenced off - far too dangerous to let visitors risk their precious necks peering in the cabin...
...yet a few yards away visitors are free to walk off the 40 foot high perimeter wall and
break their necks on the concrete below
Still waiting for Bonaparte
The long and winding road
John O'Groats, the most northerly point on the British mainland
The Castle of Mey was the Queen Mother's home in Caithness, right at the top of Scotland
The main road around the top of Scotland is often no more than a track
Here and there you can see the original highland "main" road
Where I come from they just use the beach for sunbathing
The endless road across the highlands goes on...
and on down into Ullapool
Inverewe Garden - sub-tropical garden created from windswept moorland
on a rocky highland peninsula, warmed by the Gulf Stream
Jus' strollin' along
The weather turns, from yesterday's blue skies to a grey morning...
...and afternoon storm
The new Skye bridge
Leaving Scotland at Gretna Green; this was the place for English lovers to elope and get married
by the village blacksmith under Scottish law without awkward questions