The last day in Scotland, May 22nd, had arrived and would be spent in the Scottish countryside. Our first stop was Stirling, where we learned about the Wars of Independence and the REAL story of William Wallace of Braveheart. Next we went to Kilmahog, where I got to meet Hamish <3 I thought he was the cutest thing ever!! He is a Highland Cow, which are animals that are meant to deal with Scotland’s different weather conditions. Their extra long hair keeps the wind out of their eyes in the winter and bugs and sun out in the summer. According to archaeologists, Highland Cows date all the way back to the 6th century! That makes them the oldest pedigree breed in the world.
After having to (sadly) leave Hamish, we headed to Loch Earn where we got to skip some rocks with beautiful scenery surrounding us.
Crieff was our next stop, which is a town that lies on the boundary between the highlands and the lowlands of Scotland. We headed to Crieff to take part in the Famous Grouse Experience at the Glenturret Whiskey Distillery, which is Scotland’s oldest working distillery (established in 1775). We got to see the entire process of making the whiskey, all complete with a free tasting at the end!
The beauty of Scotland continued as we journeyed to The Hermitage grounds. We got to walk around the paths and take in the amazing nature before our eyes. The views of the waterfalls and everything surrounding them was breathtaking. Check out how cool this next picture is… there’s a heart shape in the water! It’s amazing the things nature can do.
We walked back up the path to the tour bus- Wild and Sexy Haggis Adventures. If you are ever in Europe I highly recommend using them for some sort of tour (especially if you are on the younger side and looking for something a bit more exciting than your typical tour). They offer all different kinds of tours in various locations.
The final stop before heading home was to a small town called Dunkeld to get some ice cream from the Dunkeld Fish Bar. What a great way to end the tour 🙂 I didn’t get a twin cone this time, but the single was just as good!
On the way back from our day trip we got a chance to drive over the Fourth Bridge. Opened in 1890, the 8,296 foot long bridge connects the north-east and south-east of Scotland.
When we got back we ended our Scotland travels with a delicious dinner and a night out. Most to come soon about our next week in London!
AnnaJune 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Ohhh I love Scotland. How nice to see a post about it. I lived there for 10 years and it is definitely a place one should go back to. That Highland cow there, is called Hamish….he unfortunately died last November.
Marissa SuteraJuly 10, 2015 at 12:59 pm
Yes, that was Hamish. I heard that he died, so sad! He was one of the highlights of my Scotland trip!