Thought I'd write a little about Stirling and the wonderful Castle we toured. So much history here, William Wallace (Braveheart) fought the famous battle at Stirling Bridge just a few blocks down the road from here. and Robert the Bruce fought haqrd to capture this castle. Glad thatnI did some studying before our trip now it all comes alive!
P)eole are very nice except for one young kid who (when I asked him where I could find a little store to buy drinks) ntold me to "f.. k off!" So I politely went about my way,, but since I was alone (Garry was in the room watching futball!) it sort of through me off I didn't expect that!
In the morning we left Stirling and drove to Pitlochry, a small town hosting Highland Games. Even though the games were so different ( as you can see), in a lot of ways it was very similar to our sports tournaments / fairs. Really enjoyed the piper bands! The Scots really do celebrate their heritage and customs fighting very hard to keep them alive. Losts of people still speak the Gaelic language.
By early evening we arrived in Ballachulish with just enough time to enjoy a lovely dinner in their dining room. (No Haggis !) I just can't tell you how beautiful the countryside is in Scotland...one thing that makes a big difference is absolutely no advertising/billboards anywhere on the roads. Life also moves at a much slower pace here as well. Kind of like stepping back in time when things were much simpler....