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Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle by Karen Gadient, 2018

Time for a few more photos from our Scotland trip in May/June…

On our way from Ullapool to Durness, we spent time exploring the area near Ardvreck Castle, which was built in the 16th century by the Macleods of Assynt. It’s really what’s left of a larger fortress and mostly part of a defensive wall.

Calda House by David Gadient, 2018

This nearby structure is called the Calda House, built in the early 1700s (possibly with stone taken from the castle) by the MacKenzies when they felt that living at the castle wasn’t to their liking.

Loch Assynt by David Gadient, 2018

Loch Assynt, from the castle ruins.

Loch Assynt by Karen Gadient, 2018

Another view of Loch Assynt. Although it was a somewhat drizzly and cloudy day, it was a wonderful place to walk around.

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More Scotland Photos

Scotland by Karen Gadient, 2018

Still going through our photos―most are David’s, some are mine―from our long trip in Scotland and I’m only at the start of our Northwest Highlands journey. So, here are a few from near or within Shieldaig and Ullapool. The first three photos, I believe (allergies starting kicking in right about here and left my mind foggy for the rest of the trip), were on the way to Shieldaig, somewhere near Lochcarron.

Scotland by David Gadient, 2018

Scotland View by David Gadient, 2018

Shieldaig Sunset by Karen Gadient, 2018

The sunset was in Shieldaig. We were out there for the whole thing, after having a pint at one of the local restaurant-pubs. And then the midges joined us! We thought a photographer down near the water was waving at us at one point… but it turns out he was just batting away midges. We got some midge spray ASAP, for whatever good it did. But Shieldaig is a gorgeous place, midges or not.

Sheepy Garden by David Gadient, 2018

The garden with the sheep was the scene outside our window while we washed the morning dishes. Not a baaaaad view.

Headed to Ullapool by David Gadient, 2018

The last photo is the view as you reach Ullapool. I loved it there and hope to go back one day―although via a more direct route than the tricky road through Applecross, which is breathtaking, but narrow enough in parts that if (for us, when) a large vehicle tries to pass on a cliffy hairpin single-track, your breath is taken away from exasperation and panic. David did great, but I tend to freak out. Glad we did the whole drive, but we’re totally taking the A835 next time. If you love a driving adventure, be sure to try every last bit of the North Coast 500!

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Inverness

Inverness View 1 by David Gadient, 2018

Two views of Inverness from atop the Inverness Castle viewpoint on a clear day. Although we’d been to Inverness twice on our last trip to Scotland, this was our first visit to the castle grounds. Inverness Castle now houses the courthouse, but the north tower is open to the public for the view―which is worth the climb!

Inverness View 2 by David Gadient, 2018

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Glencoe

Scotland Near Glencoe by David Gadient, 2018

Sharing a few photos when I can. Many of them will be David’s, although some will be mine. While in Scotland, we drove the North Coast 500, which we’d only seen the eastern side of in 2016. On the way to Inverness from Glasgow, we took the same route as last time so we could revisit the falls in Glencoe. Here are two photos from David’s collection on a cloudy-but-lovely day.

Falls Glencoe by David Gadient, 2018

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More Scotland Travels

Passing Places by David Gadient, 2018

My husband David and I have just returned from three weeks in Scotland, visiting places we were happy to see again—especially Orkney—as well as exploring new areas we hadn’t been to on our first trip two years ago (scroll down a bit to see all posts). We were also lucky to spend time with friends over meals and drinks. I don’t plan on making a day-by-day series of blog posts about this trip, but I’ll be glad to share a few photos once I regain a sense of local time. Hope you’re having a great week!

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Westray, Orkney: Noup Head

Noup Head Lighthouse by Karen Gadient, 2016

Noup Head is a dramatic and simply-beyond-stunning coastal area to hike, explore, and birdwatch. It’s worth the extra ferry to Westray from Kirkwall if you ever happen to be in Orkney.

According to the Northern Lighthouse Board, the name noup is derived from gnupr, meaning ‘headland locality’.

Noup Head Birds by David Gadient, 2016

Noup Cliffs is the nesting home to thousands of birds: gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins, and other seabirds. It can be a bit of a challenge to snap photos of the birds unless you have the right camera gear―especially if you happen to be fearful of heights (I admit, I was nervous at the edge).

Noup Head Lighthouse by David Gadient, 2016

Noup Head Lighthouse is impressively seated above the sea cliffs. It’s automated now―solar, as you can see by the panels―but is well over a century old.

Noup Head by Karen Gadient, 2016

June was a lovely time to visit the area; the birds were in great numbers and the cliff tops were decked out in wildflowers.

Noup Head by David Gadient, 2016

It’s truly one my favorite views now that I’ve seen it for myself, and a place I hope to return to again soon.

Well, that’s it for the photos from our Scotland trip. For this trip to Scotland, at least―we’re already planning a trip back, although it won’t be right away. Next time, we’ll tackle the western coast on our travel northward.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our photos (most were taken by my husband David) and my ramblings! If you missed any part… here are links to previous related posts:

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay
On a Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Wanderings
St Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae
Standing Stones in Orkney
Westray, Orkney: Part 1
Westray, Orkney: Noltland Castle
Westray, Orkney: Lady Kirk, Pierowall

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Westray, Orkney: Lady Kirk, Pierowall

Lady Kirk 1 by David Gadient, 2016

Pierowall’s Lady Kirk is the shoreside ruin of a 17th century church built on the foundations of a 13th century church.

An impressive aerial view and other details can be seen here:
Westray, Pierowall, Lady Kirk: ScotlandsPlaces

In the far back of some of these photos, you may see a clear case protecting something from the elements; within it are several gravestones dating back to 1657. Sadly, we don’t have a good shot of those to share, but there are photos of them―pre-case―at the ScotlandsPlaces site too.

Lady Kirk 4 by David Gadient, 2016

Lady Kirk 2 by David Gadient, 2016

Lady Kirk 5 by David Gadient, 2016

Lady Kirk 3 by David Gadient, 2016

Lady Kirk is a beautiful place, resting near the green grass and blue sea.

Lady Kirk 6 by David Gadient, 2016

Another pair of David’s photos (he’s the one who’s taken most of the photos for these Scotland posts). I particularly like the through-the-window one.

One more set of photos from Westray soon!

Links to previous related posts:

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay
On a Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Wanderings
St Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae
Standing Stones in Orkney
Westray, Orkney: Part 1
Westray, Orkney: Noltland Castle

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