Driving on the Left, Glamis Castle, Arbroath Abbey and a Castle in the Mist.
Monday was another beautiful day in Scotland. It was perfect for driving and I have gotten the hang of driving on the left! I rented a car with much apprehension but it really isn’t as difficult as one would expect. My gps has been working great and the signage to the sites have been very good. I spent Sunday night in Dundee an old industrial city that is undergoing a waterfront revival and looks like there will be great things in the future.
My first destination was Glamis Castle, the ancestral home to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne for nearly 700 years. It is also the childhood home of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and birthplace of HRH Princess Margaret. The Castle greats you at the end of a long, straight driveway with its pinkish color and array of turrets. The surrounding gardens were beautiful. The tour of the Castle was well done with an enjoyable guide with family stories, scandal and even two ghosts! The interior shows all of the Castle’s history from medieval rooms with armor and weapons to comfortable rooms redone in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Glamis Castle might be familiar to you, as it is the setting for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth! They have a woodland Macbeth walk portraying characters from the play.
y second stop for the day was the seaside town of Arbroath. It is famous for its ruined Abbey and for the Declaration of Arbroath a declaration of Scottish independence. It was fun to look around and explore the Abbey Ruins.
My third stop of the day was at Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven. Dunnottar Castle is everything an American thinks of in a Scottish Castle: a dramatic cliff top setting, a ruin and shrouded in a mist. A beautiful and warm day became chilly and foggy right along the coast. The Castle was shrouded in fog when I first approached it but the conditions changed throughout my visit and by the time I was leaving, the Castle appeared out of gloomy mist.
Dunnottar Castle was made even more intriguing in the mist. It made the Ruins more evocative and mysterious. On to more adventures!