Time for an itinerary change. We are heading north to the Scottish Highlands. All thanks to a wonderful Scotsman named Derek, whom we met tonight at last night. After hearing him talk about the highlands, we are on our way. He even helped us to book a charming guest house in Inverness, our home for the next two nights.
Rather than the direct route, we traveled along a scenic route, with our first stop in Birnam at the Beatrix Potter Gardens, complete with Peter Rabbit.
Then on to Pitlochry and the fish ladders. These are a series stepped up water “ladders” so the salmon can cross the dam and continue upstream to their spawning area. They swim through tunnels in the ladders and there is a “lookout” window so we can watch. I waited about 10 minutes and saw none. I left, then the rest of the family saw a salmon.
We found a lovely creekside spot for our picnic lunch and watched a few unsuccessful, but interesting fly fisherman. Seemed like each time I looked away one of the girls or hubby saw a leaping salmon. By the end of our visit, they had seen about 10, me 0.
After a bit of rest along the shore, we made our final stop for the day at Blair Castle. Check out this fairytale looking castle:
No photos allowed in most of the castle, only in the ballroom, where the girls found a giant dress up bin and the three of us got a bit silly (hubby took the photos):
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