A Few Lochs, Firths and the Fjord of Pictland

Our route is set, and all accommodations are confirmed.

We will fly in to Glasgow and drive out to the Firth of Clyde and stay at the farm where I have begun all of my tours through Scotland. Nothing better to start off with than the warm welcome and hearty Scottish breakfast that awaits us there.

We’ll head North along the Clyde and then veer inland a bit until we cross over the Clyde and find ourselves at the southern tip of Loch Lomond. We’ll follow the shoreline for a bit and then wander East and North, stopping in Ballachulish and Glencoe on the shores of Loch Linnie. We will go and hike Glencoe Estates where our wee bits of land are part of the conservancy, and have a wee dram at Oban Distillery.

Back to the East a bit, and up along Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle, and then still further North along Cromarty Firth, Dornach Firth, and up to Wick near Sinclair’s Bay. A ferry ride across the Pentland Firth (An Caol Arcach in Gaidhlig, meaning the Orcadian Strait; and the “Fjord of Pictland” to the Old Norse) and we will wander the Mainland Island of Orkney.

Returning South and East, we will cross the Moray Forth to Inverness and then head to Nairn. After a couple of days, we will again be on our way to wander through Aberdeenshire and find our way to Arbroath at the mouth of Brothock Burn.

We will spend a few days in Stirling and Edinburgh (by train from Stirling) and then head North again to Pitlochry and our favorite Edradour Distillery. A day in Glasgow will follow, and then it will be to home with us.

We have a list of castles, standing stones, and favorite taverns for food and drink in between each of our overnight stops, and open hearts and minds to what else presents itself. The one thing we have enjoyed the most is staying off the main roads and wandering through the countryside.

It will be a couple of months before the adventures will begin. Stay tuned….

About Kate Cowie Riley

Kate writes two blogs currently: "Weaving the Magic Thread ~ the texture of my life", a collection of auto-biographical essays; and "Scottish Heart", where she shares her love of Scotland and the trips through Scotland that she both plans and guides. She is also Copy Editor and Lead Contributor Emerita for "Celtic Family Magazine". Kate retired in 2013 from nearly 40 years in Private Practice as a Somatic Psychotherapist & Bodyworker, Massage Therapy Instructor, Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Spa Director, and Consultant, who also wrote & taught about Eco-sustainability and WellBalance. Her professional blog, "The Riley School of Integrated Somatic Bodywork" is also retired. All of Kate's blogs are copyright by Kate Cowie Riley; all photos are copyright Kate Cowie Riley, unless otherwise stated. All photos and text or part thereof are not to be used for commercial purposes or without written permission from the author. All photos must be used in their original form, no addition or alteration are allowed. Any advertisements that are seen on the Wordpress sites are in no way supported by Kate Riley.
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