Scotland’s Pure Beauty and History

Moody early morning sky that soon cleared to bright sunshine

Moody early morning sky that soon cleared to bright sunshine

Scotland has so much history and I soaked it all up along with the amazing views and the fresh clean air of Sunny clear days, not a drop of rain did we have all week. A first for all of our visits to this beautiful part of Scotland.

We obviously picked the right week to visit as this week Scotland has had lots of rain and its first snow shower yesterday on Ben Nevis

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This was the Hotel in which we stayed The Ben Doran, in Tyndrum.  photo credit Link HERE 

We were based in the village of Tyndrum in Loch Lomond in the The Trossachs National Park. The village is notable mainly for being at a junction of transport routes. The West Highland Line railway from Glasgow splits approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the south at Crianlarich, with one branch heading to Fort William and the other to Oban. Tyndrum has a station on each end of this small village whose population is less than 200 people .

Tyndrum is also interesting as around 2 miles from the village is a Gold Mine situated upon the hillside of Beinn Chùirn. Although this mine has not been mined to its fullest potential as yet.

Travelling to Inveraray along the shores of Loch Fyne

Travelling to Inveraray along the shores of Loch Fyne

The first day saw us head out for Inveraray  to which we have visited before, Some of you may have read the post with my pictures inside Inveraray Jail before in May along with poem and pictures entitled Altering The System

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Castle stands on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s’

This impressive castle  was said to be inspired by a drawing by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard and started its build in 1746 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll. The castle took 43 years to complete and cost in excess of £300,000. Think of that in today’s money! It must have cost millions of pounds.. Again showing the great divide between rich and poor.. 

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So as you approach,  Inveraray along Loch Fyne on the A83 it actually follows one of Wade’s old military roads; Aray Bridge, just before the castle, dates back to 1775 and is one of wade’s famous military bridges.   This is the bridge..

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Aray Bridge, Built by General Wade

At that time Inveraray was isolated and it’s roads were rough tracks. The nearest descent road fit for carriages to travel was over 40 miles away.  So it was that General Wade was sent north to undertake the task, and set about creating a network of roads and bridges which would ensure that troops could be rushed from strategic bases in Fort William, Fort Augustus or Fort George to tackle any insurrection. This was due to the unrest of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 to control the clans so that troops could move about easier through the Highlands.

Along the road we saw the monument watch tower above the castle  I hope you have enjoyed our first  day as we viewed Nature is in her raw state among the lochs and glens, her beauty is constantly changing as the light shifts throughout her mountains and shorelines. 

If you are interested in the history or need to know more about the places mentioned, I have included many links within this post to seek out further information. 

Have a wonderful Week 

Blessings Sue 

 

Source Credits:

http://www.tarbertlochfyne.com/

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/inveraray/inveraraycastle/

https://en.wikipedia.org

http://www.inveraray-argyll.com/inveraraymobile.html

 

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  1. Trini Lind
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 10:19:39

    Oh, it is so so beautiful!!❤ I have always wanted to go to Scotland🙂 I love the history, especially the ancient one. I also love the fondness the Scots have for literature❤ Beautiful post, Sue!❤ I really enjoyed it!❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 19, 2016 @ 11:07:55

      Thank you dear Trini.. So pleased you enjoyed.. Yes Robert Burns era during the period of the building of this castle he was born in 1759.🙂 And a great poet born out of Scotland. : -) Many thanks dear Trini xx

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  2. derrickjknight
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 10:44:36

    What luck with the rain. That castle belongs in a Disney film🙂

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  3. DailyMusings
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 11:48:06

    so beautiful thanks for sharing!

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  4. Hariod Brawn
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 12:18:57

    A wonderful country, and I used to visit the Western Highlands regularly in my youth; only ever in May or September though – those midges! H❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 19, 2016 @ 17:36:03

      Yes me too, I have made the mistake before of visiting in Summer.. and paid the price lol, as I am allergic more than most to insect bites . So pleased you are familiar with the West Highlands and lovely you enjoyed Hariod xx

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  5. writersdream9
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 12:26:22

    I would love to visit this enchanted land! Thank you for allowing me to!

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  6. Mark Lanesbury
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 12:53:12

    A beautiful country Sue, with amazing history. And even the weather was great so you could enjoy it all the more 😀

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  7. Paul Handover
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 12:58:42

    Gorgeous! Many years ago we had a family holiday in Oban and while I don’t recall the details I do know it was a fabulous occasion.

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  8. L. M. B.
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 14:05:54

    Wonderful scenery, a dream of a countryside.

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  9. insearchofitall
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 14:38:11

    How nice that you were able to have a bit of holiday time…without rain.🙂 I love the rain, when I’m indoors working.😉 Beautiful photographs. You make it look so inviting. I had hoped to go there one day. Maybe next time around. Have a beautiful day.

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  10. Writing to Freedom
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 15:28:39

    Thanks for the tour and brief history lesson Sue. I have a fascination with the mystical history of the region. The Mists of Avalon was one of my favorite books. Sounds like you had a great vacation.

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  11. IreneDesign2011
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 16:15:02

    Thank you for sharing your vacation to beautiful Scotland, Sue🙂
    You have been so very lucky to stay there without rain. I visited some years ago, where I saw everything so very green, while I was transported for a long trip. I really loved the beauty.
    Love❤ Irene

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  12. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 16:54:28

    Schöner Beitrag, Schottland kennen wir nicht.L.G. Wolfgang

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  13. From the Desk of MarDrag
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 17:05:28

    Absolutely stunning and Magical! I have always wanted to visit Scotland. I may be able to by next year…and a visit to England too. Thanks for making my day with this post! Blessings and Love.

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  14. skipper12383
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 17:33:56

    WOW! Sure wish I lived a little closer to these beautiful places you go to and love, like Scotland. You are so enriched in her beauty, instead of like me looking at a picture…… more power to you in your adventures! Stay safe, & Healthy….
    Your Friend,
    Ed (USA)

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  15. suzicate
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 17:52:39

    Scotland is truly beautiful, one of the places I dream of visiting! So glad you had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely photos.

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  16. Erika Kind
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 18:01:14

    Oh my, so beautiful, Sue! I love that “rough” nature! That castle is beautiful. I am looking forward to more photos. Of course, I had to take another look at your “Jail” post again 😁

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  17. skipper12383
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 18:07:03

    Hi again Sue, but where or what country do you live in? I looked, but to no advantage…..just wondered? lol.
    Ed

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  18. lavendermoongirlblog
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 18:08:10

    I know Tyndrum so well. We always stopped at ‘The Green Welly’ cafe for a cup of tea and soup. It was always a half way stop to Gairloch in Wester Ross. It’s very touristy now but brings back fond family memories for hubby. The approch to Inveraray is stunning. Those white baronial buildings. However I find the town chills me to the bone and I’m always looking over my shoulder! I think I can feel the history there! It’s still gorgeous though! So glad you’re really seeing Scotland. I wish I was there!🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 19, 2016 @ 18:10:54

      Yes the Green Welly we passed every day on our way in and out.. And it was given more fame recently by the TV series of the Hairy Bikers who cooked there.. So pleased this brought back fond memories LG xx

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  19. Lois
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 18:59:52

    I am thrilled to visited one of the places I’ve dreamed of visiting but don’t think will ever happen through your eyes. What a lovely place to vacation.

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  20. Ben Naga
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 20:09:41

    I climbed Ben Nevis during my honeymoon although my new wife declined.

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  21. The Coastal Crone
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 20:18:29

    Yes, I enjoyed your first day! Beautiful!

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  22. Mél@nie
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 20:21:36

    splendid… I love and I often miss Scotland… merci, Sue!❤

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  23. balroop2013
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 20:34:36

    Wow!! Breathtaking scenery…fantastic pictures! You are truly blessed to have visited Scotland in perfect weather…nature at its best! Thanks for sharing some of the finest moments of your vacation. Stay blessed🙂

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  24. Cynthia
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 23:43:58

    That looks like such a beautiful place! It looks like it also was able to fill your cup! Sending you hugs and hope you’re well, my sweet friend! xo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 19, 2016 @ 23:53:22

      Thank you so much.. Have you deleted your colouring blog Cyndi? I did try to visit but it said the website no longer existed.. xxx Big Hugs returned and so pleased you enjoyed xxx

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  25. charliezero1.wordpress.com
    Oct 19, 2016 @ 23:54:42

    I hope one day I’ll get to go to Scotland. I’ve never been there, but the pictures sure look amazing. And now I want to go.🙂

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  26. New Bloggy Cat
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 05:24:58

    Enchanting, Sue! I hope to visit Scotland one day. (°◡°♡).:。

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  27. voulaah
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 07:59:59

    Thnak you so much for sharing this great post Sue
    I hope to visit beautiful country like Scotland one day
    Have a very nice day
    Kisses

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  28. prenin
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 08:12:05

    Fascinating!🙂

    Shows how so much of what we take for granted was created for the military!🙂

    The Romans built roads too and for the same reason!!!🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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  29. cat
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 09:16:46

    Hi, friend Sue … Lovely Scotland pics and descriptions … My daughter and her boyfriend visited Glasgow 3 times this year cuz he is from there … I’m hoping to stop there one day instead of just flying over it, when going to Europe … smiles … Love, cat.

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  30. kowkla123
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 13:21:36

    Liebe Sue, alles super schön, beste Grüße kommen von mir zu dir

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  31. jacquelineobyikocha
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 13:26:20

    These are totally gorgeous🙂

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  32. michnavs
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 14:07:04

    Ahhhh Scotland…i have been wanting to go there..

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  33. Visionkeeper
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 20:49:05

    Scotland I have on my bucket list. I better get busy ticking things off if I want to make it there! Looks gorgeous. Glad you had a wonderful trip. Hugs and happy weekend…Hugs…VK❤

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  34. Val Boyko
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 21:50:40

    It makes my heart sing Sue! I have been showing my American hubby different parts of Scotland over the past 9 years. We love Loch Fyne and the Trossachs. Thanks for the memories. Alas we did it in July … the midgies were out in force!

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  35. Jennie
    Oct 20, 2016 @ 22:32:45

    Really beautiful, Sue

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  36. europasicewolf
    Oct 21, 2016 @ 09:11:19

    Looks lovely! Plenty of room for Wolfie hunting! xx

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  37. Christy B
    Oct 21, 2016 @ 17:53:24

    Wonderful to learn more about the history of Scotland and to see these photos of the area! I was astounded by the amount of money (and time) spent building that castle, wow! I wish I could go there xx

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  38. Lynz Real Cooking
    Oct 21, 2016 @ 23:38:02

    So nice of you to share this with us Sue! Lovely photos!

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  39. aussieian2011
    Oct 22, 2016 @ 06:01:10

    What beautiful romantic settings Sue, surrounded by beauty, wrapped in history and all cocooned in antiquity.
    Thanks for a lovely invite into your adventure to the Magical world of Scotland.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 22, 2016 @ 16:11:06

      So pleased you enjoyed the trip Ian.. more soon when I get my head into gear to create a post..
      I have been busy getting the home garden sorted pulling out the finished annuals and planting wall flowers we grew from seeds in the allotment.. I have some winter pansies too to sort out soon..
      But my knitting needles have been busy again, so I have been spreading my time 3 ways.. and the blog lost the race this week..🙂❤ Hugs your way .. Sue

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  40. inavukic
    Oct 22, 2016 @ 09:40:30

    Such profound beauty in both nature and man’s determination to shape that history in Scotland.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 22, 2016 @ 16:15:57

      Hi Ina.. yes History is fascinating isn’t it.. Always it is shaped by war.. These roads and bridges built by those leading armies .. Amazing what gets done to move troops about!.. Build and destroy is threaded throughout All of Man’s History.. Such a shame we can not build and sustain.
      Thank you Ina.. So pleased you enjoyed the views I so did.. I guess I am sounding a little despondent as War still rages around the world and we humans seem to have learnt nothing throughout the aeons of our evolutionary progression..😦 ..
      Big Hugs to my dear Ina xx

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  41. Renee Espriu
    Oct 23, 2016 @ 04:22:25

    Thank you for sharing your travels in Scotland. My grandmother’s maiden name was McFadden so amongst my many ethnicities I have Scottish as well. Hope you enjoyed yourself there and are doing well. xoxo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 23, 2016 @ 11:11:57

      How wonderful you have Scottish ancestry dear Renee.. More photos, should be following today.. And yes we did and we are fine.. Just been busy since our return.. xx Love to you Sue xxx

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  42. anitashree
    Oct 23, 2016 @ 11:54:01

    The pictures were gorgeous and the lakes and the trees and the mountains. And a CASTLE!! hehe. I come from a part of the world that has palaces and not so much castles…and i don’t know..I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and Scotland…they seem magical and mythical to me!! Thank you for sharing, Sue🙂

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  43. Barbara Franken
    Oct 23, 2016 @ 21:20:34

    What a magical holiday sue… thanks for bringing us all with you x

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  44. Maria Wind Talkerm
    Oct 25, 2016 @ 13:12:12

    Beautiful pics, sounds like you had a wonder filled adventure and a much needed rest in nature.
    Thank you for sharing❤ xx

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  45. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Oct 25, 2016 @ 22:44:05

    Great luck with the rain. The castle looks so impressive! As if, straight from some classic literature. Loved the history of Scotland, it is undoubtedly a beautiful place…🙂

    I do remember your post with a number of pictures on Inveraray Jail.

    Wish you a great week ahead, Sue…🙂❤

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  46. Maria F.
    Oct 30, 2016 @ 18:52:40

    I just love the architecture.

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