KinlossAfter leaving the port in Ullapool (Point D on the map), we drove to Kinloss (Point F) where we stayed for the next couple nights in a wigwam. And before I continue let me just say that it’s Travel Tuesday : ) Belinda from “Found Love, Now What?” (an awesome blog by the way about her life in Wales) hosts a link up for people to share their travels! If you’ve found my blog through her link – welcome! Be sure to check out my other posts about Scotland including Our first day, Glasgow, The Wallace Monument, Edinburgh, Belhaven Brewery, Ullapool, and the Isle of Lewis!

Scotland MapThe wigwam was very cozy to say the least and we had a blast each night we were there! Each night was filled with a bonfire, cookout, games of hearts and charades, some smores, and many great memories were made : ) It was one of the most relaxing parts of our trip as we all just relaxed and enjoyed each others’ company.

DSCN8478Kinloss 1I was happy as well to introduce Jenna and Dave to their first ever smore!! Never have they ever had a smore before and I just love these pictures capturing the first bite . . .

Kinloss 2While staying at Kinloss we were able to take a couple day trips – the first being to the famous Gelnfiddich Distillery (Point G on the map above).

Kinloss 3DSCN8507The tour we took was free and even ended in a sample of their 12, 15, and 18 year whisky! What makes Glenfiddich unique was that they still make all their own barrels on site! The barrels are made from used bourbon and sherry barrels and Glenfiddich uses these barrels to age their whisky in. Later in the trip we found out that Dave’s grandfather used to work at a distillery making barrels – that’s pretty cool! Unfortunately with the free tour we weren’t able to see them making the barrels but we saw a video that showed us the whole process. The distillery is made up of a series of buildings and the grounds were really pretty to walk though . . .

DSCN8561DSCN8529DSCN8538DSCN8550DSCN8554While at Glenfiddich, Scott bought a Scottish Quaich – it’s a cup that is to be shared among friends, and what better friends to share a quaich with!

Kinloss 5The next day we decided to take a day trip over to Loch Ness and the cute village that is Drumnadrochit (Point H on the map). Jenna and Dave’s sweet friend Amy met up with us in Drumnadochit and she was kind enough to show us around the museum, the cute gift shops, and then a walk to the loch! Amy informed us that the Loch Ness Monster – aka “Nessie” – was on a summer holiday and that’s why we weren’t able to see her while there : ( If only we knew where she went on vacation! We found out that Loch Ness is the largest loch in Scotland by volume.

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DSCN8588To end our trip in Kinloss we decided to drive back to Jenna’s parents’ house on the east coast of Scotland since we drove up on the west coast. This allowed us to see the city of Aberdeen, where Jenna went to university, and the North Sea (Point I on the map)! We had a gorgeous day and decided to have a little lunch picnic while we watched the ocean.

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Jenna at her beautiful University

Jenna at her beautiful University

But why stop the road trip home with just one stop? We continued our journey to Gleneagles – a world renowned golf course that is going to host the Ryder Cup in 2014 (don’t worry Melissa and Dad Griffith – we got you some goodies from here!!)

Kinloss 8 GleneaglesWell, by this time you can imagine that we were quite hungry. Jenna and Dave knew of a really nice place on the shores of Loch Lomond (another famous loch in Scotland and it about northwest of Point B on the map). A neat little tidbit of info: Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume but Loch Lomond is the largest loch by surface area. In 1876, a beautiful song was written about Loch Lomond, based on a poem from 1746, and you probably know it – listen here. The famous line from it is “You’ll take the high road and I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Scotland before you. Where me and my true love will never meet again, on the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.” The song can be interpreted in many ways. The most popular is of a lover and her love during the Jacobite rebellion. Her lover would have been captured by the English and his dead body taken on the high road from London to Edinburgh – the low road was to be taken by the commoners and peasants – or in this case, the lover. The lyrics are really so hauntingly beautiful.

Loch LomondWe ate at a place called Duck Bay – which was delicious! – and outside their restaurant they had both an American and a Scottish flag! They knew we were coming : )

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DSCN8651And stay tuned for my next post about the Isle of Islay!

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