When travelling through Scotland with friends, we were enthralled with the charm of villages with their old cottages and beautiful gardens. We Australians marvel at the depth of GREEN we see and enjoy in the United Kingdom landscape.


Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. Occupying a narrow gap between the Firth of Forth to the north and the Pentland Hills to the south, the city sprawls over a landscape which is the product of early volcanic activity and later periods of intensive glaciation. The historic centre of Edinburgh is divided in two by the broad green swathe of Princes Street Gardens. To the south the view is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, built high on the castle rock, and the long sweep of the Old Town descends towards the Palace. Trees and woodlands are a vital part of Edinburgh’s landscape. They play an important role in enhancing the city’s environment.

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Crieff Hydro is a hotel in Crieff, Perthshire. The purpose-built hotel opened in 1868 as the Crieff Hydropathic Establishment, and is locally known as the Hydro. It was founded in 1868 by Dr Thomas Henry Meikle.  The principles of the establishment were decidedly firm and of a Protestant religious character (notably the United Presbyterians and the Evangelical Union favoured the establishment), with a fine of one penny being levied for those who missed grace before meals

Today it operates as a 4/5* Resort with over 200 bedrooms, over 50 self-catering properties and a dozen meeting rooms handling conferences. The main restaurant, a grand Victorian dining room, is named after the founder. The hotel is set in a 900-acre estate with a Victorian spa, 18-hole golf course and over 60 indoor and outdoor activities.  My friends had visited  previously and treated me to a very special morning tea in this beautiful establishment.

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Cnoc Sualtach was one special B & B experience.  It is situated in an elevated position surrounded by mature trees and garden with panoramic views of the countryside. The garden has resident squirrels, a wide range of birds and other wildlife visitors.  The name Cnoc Sualtach is from the Perthshire Gaelic, meaning ‘hill of the meeting place’.  The House Motto is –  Strangers are treated as friends, friends as family, and family as gold.

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Pitlochry is a burgh in the council area of Perth and Kinross, lying on the River Tummel.  It is largely a Victorian town, which developed into a tourist resort because Queen Victoria visited the area in 1842 and the railway arrived in 1863. It is surrounded by mountains such as Ben Vrackie and Schiehallion.  The town has retained many stone Victorian buildings and the main street has an unusual period cast iron canopy on one side.    In 1947 Pitlochry became a burgh. That year also saw the beginning of construction of a dam as part of the Tummel hydro-electric power scheme. The dam and its fish ladder are a popular tourist attraction.


A short drive from Pitlochry, along a winding tree-lined road hugging the River Tummel, is Queen’s View. This famous vantage point looks out over one of the most photographed panoramas in Scotland, directly to the west along Loch Tummel. A popular destination since Victorian times, it is often thought that the location was named after Queen Victoria who did, in fact, visit in 1866. However, it is more widely believed to have been named after Queen Isabella, the 14th century wife of Robert the Bruce who used the spot as a resting place on her travels.

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Ardgarry Farm was another special B & B.  Situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the Western Highlands of Scotland it has breathtaking scenery of mountains, forests and lochs. It is a small working farm located 2 km from the village of Invergarry. Friendly animals wander freely about the farm and there is an abundance of wildlife in the Glengarry Pine Forest just 5 mins. walk away.

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INVERNESS  (meaning “Mouth of the River Ness“) is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative centre for the Highland council area and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland.  Thanks to the generosity of friends, this was our home base for 2 weeks. We went on day trips near and far but these photos are snapped on a delightful walk from the city centre to our place of abode.

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and auld lang syne?       – Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) Scottish poet. 
            (generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships)


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