Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote in julianmayfans,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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Caledonia: visit to the ancestral homeland of Dorothea MacDonald

I was in Edinburgh, Scotland for UAI-2005 and IJCAI-2005 and decided to take my parents on one of the one-day bus tours offered by Timberbush Tours.

Setting out from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh at 08:20 on the 1st of August, we first saw Falkirk, Stirling, and Bannockburn - sites of Wallace's great victory, great defeat, and posthumous avenging.

Then we continued on to Glen Coe, where the Campbells massacred the MacDonalds. Here is a view of the highlands near Glen Coe:

(Taken around 10:30 GMT Mon 01 Aug 2005.)

Lunchtime was outside a little whisky shop and we all sampled some of the Talisker (from the Isle of Skye) and creme liqueur. I wanted to get a bottle of Laphroaig from Islay but we decided to pick out a smooth nice single malt back in the city.

We also saw the lands where Rob Roy MacGregor had his infamous run-in with the Marquess of Montrose and was bailed out by the Duke of Argyll.

Then we reached the northwest of the Scottish highlands. We sailed Loch Ness for an hour and I took over 160 photos, probably a quarter to a third of which are worth keeping, including maybe twenty that I think are rather nice. Here are two of them:

(Sailing past the ruins of Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness, 13:30 GMT Mon 01 Aug 2005.)

Sailing on Loch Ness, 01 Aug 2005:

(A ship on Loch Ness, 13:40 GMT Mon 01 Aug 2005.)

I have been to the ancient homeland of Davy MacGregor, Aiken Drum, and Diamond Mask, my friends. Kull Wahad.

Edit, 09:40 CST Sat 13 Aug 2005 - here are some more photos.

Tags: aiken drum, caledonia, celtic, clans, davy macgregor, diamond mask, distilleries, dorothea macdonald, gaelic, highlands, inverness, islay, loch ness, macdonald, scotch, scotland, single malts
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