Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Round About Way to Inverness | UK Adventure Part VI

After clambering around Dunnottar Castle and spending a good night in Aberdeen, we were ready to hit up some more local castles. If you're just tuning in, you can get caught up on my UK adventure by clicking the Travels category.

Finally, we saw the light of day. I was beginning to doubt the sun would ever join us on our ride around Scotland, but the next morning was beautiful.

We were greeted at our first castle--Tolquhon--by this friendly face.

Tolquhon Castle

Was this hook used for torture, hanging meat, or the guard's strength and conditioning exercises? Your guess is as good as mine.

Mmmm...I could live here--if only there was a roof.

Jay was prepping for Loch Ness with this 'Nessie impression.

After Tolquhon Castle we stopped by the Lone Head Stone Circle. It's just what it sounds like (apparently it was used for cremation).

Next up was Huntley Castle.
Huntley Castle

Where you could still see some amazing detail (and claw-like clouds).

Ye Olde Privy

The third and last castle of the day was Balvenie. By now the rain clouds had also returned.
Balvenie Castle

Not much remained here.

We didn't pay our fees, so I had to do some grounds work.

A local repair man at the castle told us we must visit the nearby distillery. It wasn't on our plans, but we decided to go for it.

Turns out it was the world famous Glenfiddich whisky distillery.

Looks like Ken got into a barrel before the tour started.

The tour was actually pretty interesting--and hot!

Now I know all about single malt vs. blended, cooperages, and the head, heart, and tail of whisky...

Finally we drove the rest of the way to Inverness and arrived as the sun was setting.

Coming and going.

And Jay did what boys do best--throw things into water, preferably slimy rocks with plants attached to them.

Mr. {dead} Jellyfish.

The sun was still bright at 9 o'clock.

We dined in a little pub. Looks like someone else had hoped to get a table, too.

Stay tuned for Loch Ness...coming up next!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so jealous of you! The UK is far too amazing. Beautiful pics too :)


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