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Scotland - 1500 miles of glens and lochs

Going through Glasgow, Oban, Edinburgh, Culloden, Rosslyn, Glen Coe, Stirling, Pitlochry, Loch Ness, Inveraray, Moulin, Inverness, Loch Lomond, Mallaig, Glenfinnan, Markinch, Menstrie, Auchtermuchty and all the way up to Isle of Skye.

  • The hills are alive with the sound of bagpipes

    The popular but boring postcard view of Edinburgh with the Dugald Stewart Monument. The most interesting part was the shortcut on the way down.

    [Calton Hill, Edinburgh]

  • The rock

    People have lived here since 900 AD and the oldest building on the hill is St Margaret's Chapel from 12th century. The castle itself holds the Stone of Scone, used for coronation of monarchs of Scotland since 800 AD, as well as the Crown of Scotland from 1540.

    [Castle Rock, Edinburgh]

  • Ad astra

    This gothic thing is dedicated to Walter Scott. The building blocks made of shale have absorbed the smog of the Victorian atmosphere, giving a filthy black color.

    [Scott Monument, Edinburgh]

  • Retinal print

    A worn road atlas with a cold pint. This was the trip in a nutshell.

    [Having a pint of Bests in Menstrie]

  • The armadillo

    This place was built in 1997 and reminds me of the Sydney Opera House.

    [Clyde Auditorium along the river Clyde, Glasgow]

  • Only you

    Vince Clarke. The man, the myth, the keyboard. Bow to the master, even though he has succumbed to a laptop these days.

    [Yazoo live at Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow]

  • Only you

    Alison Moyet still got a magnificent voice.

    [Yazoo live at Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow]

  • We brääk for nobody

    Waiting in Mallaig for the ferry to Isle of Skye.

    [Mallaig harbor]

  • Mountain conquerors

    The full crew of Bagpipe Bastards, climbing up to the Old Man of Storr.

    [Reine, Pär, Rick and Hanna at Isle of Skye]

  • Here but no further

    Staffin was named by the Vikings and means something like 'place of upright pillars'. A fairly good name, considering that these basaltic pillared rocks were their first sight. There is even a small waterfall in there.

    [Kilt Rock at Staffin, Isle of Skye]

  • Memories of Skye

    The sheeps are guarding the road we came by.

    [Isle of Skye]

  • Toss it lad

    Some sports are more odd than others. One can't help but wonder who first came up with the idea of throwing a large log?

    [Highland Games in Markinch]

  • End of the road

    This picturesque castle was featured in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, renamed Castle Aaargh.

    [Castle Stalker in Loch Laich]

  • Across the fields of blood

    The battle of Culloden in 1746 was the last battle in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites were defeated and this brought big changes to the land. The old clan system and the Highland dress were removed by law.

    [Rick, Hanna and Reine patrolling the Culloden battlefield east of Inverness]

  • The quest for Nessie

    Come out, come out, whereever you are...

    [Pär goes monster hunting on the shores of Loch Ness]

  • Yarr

    This place was once awarded 5th best pub in world. Located next to their very own brewhouse, it's actually quite awesome.

    [Rick and Reine having Ale of Atholl at the Moulin Inn in the village of Moulin]

  • Tranquility

    This is where Captain Haddock gets his favorite whiskey blend.

    [Loch Lomond]

  • Freedom

    This monument stands on a hilltop outside the town of Stirling. This was the site where William Wallace observed the arrival of the English army before the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Wallace's claymore sword is on display inside the monument.

    [Wallace monument, Stirling]

  • Reach out and touch faith

    [Pär and Reine at the Wallace monument in Stirling]

  • Acquiring target

    Taking aim at the Wallace monument from the towers of Stirling Castle.

    [View from Stirling Castle]

  • Your mother was a hamster

    Another famous location from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This is where John Cleese insulted King Arthur in French accent and later goes on a killing spree at a wedding. Also the site of the wooden rabbit trick and home to the very friendly girls of Castle Anthrax.

    [Doune Castle]

  • The hills are alive with the sound of bagpipes

    To infinity and beyond. Or something like that.

    [Rick, Hanna and Pär in Edinburgh]

  • Bricks of history

    This is the legendary chapel, built in 1456. It features a lot of intricate carvings including the Green Men and the Apprentice Pillar. The lore of the chapel is rich with Knights Templar and Masonic imagery, making it an easy target for Dan Brown in his superficial book Da Vinci Code.

    [Rosslyn Chapel]

  • Lair of the highlander

    The infamous character Connor MacLeod was born in the village of Glenfinnan, but the castle is actually located elsewhere.

    [Reine in Glenfinnan]

  • On the road

    I've driven along lots of roads in Scotland, but this is my favorite one. Beautiful hills, lots of bends and no traffic.

    [A87 near Loch Cluanie]

  • The seat of MacLeod

    There can be only... three. This is the castle from movie Highlander, though not located in Glenfinnan after all.

    [Pär, Rick and Hanna at Eilean Donan Castle]

  • A sunny day

    [Pär and Hanna in Inveraray]

  • Sunset

    Apart from having a very fine whisky distillery, the town of Oban is also perfect for a late night stroll along the waterfront.

    [Oban]

  • Nice and quiet

    Some people just don't like neighbours.

    [Glen Coe, Scottish Highlands]

  • Clan country

    [Glen Coe, Scottish highlands]

  • The seat of MacLeod

    This is the castle from movie Highlander, on-screen home of Clan MacLeod.

    [Eilean Donan Castle]

  • Checking in for eternity

    This graveyard contains a Crusader grave and closed for burials in 1896.

    [Moulin Church cemetery]

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