My Last Day Driving the Roads of Scotland, Two More Castles and the Road Through Glenshee
My last day in Scotland was bittersweet. I have come to love Scotland and want to explore more! My months of planning and anticipation had finally been fulfilled, I checked out of the comfortable and (as the Brits say) homely Hotel Loch Kinord. It was a pleasant stay in this small country hotel in the small village of Dinnet. I was treated very well and the food was wonderful both for dinner and the included breakfast. The room was comfortable and the small staff always greeted you by name and with a smile. The sun was shinning bright as a checked out and hit the road to visit both Kildrummy Castle and Corgarff Castle. I set off in the bright sun and blue skies, past green fields dotted with sheep and lambs with the occasional rabbit out enjoying the morning. Kildrummy Castle is a ruin in a great setting surrounded by fields with a great view across the countryside.
The approach to Kildrummy Castle
My next stop was Corgarff Castle, a dramatic tour house on top of a hill surrounded by moorland. It was built in the 16th century as a home for the Forbeses of Corgarff, abandoned in the 17th century, and used as an army barracks in the 18th century.
I left Corgarff and drove to Braemar in the Cairngorms (the Highlands) where I came upon Braemar Castle and had lunch in the village.
I left Braemar and was soon into the Cairngorms National Park and was soon in the area of Glenshee and one of the highest mountain passes in the UK.
I slowly descended from the Cairngorms and made my way to the city of Perth for the night. The next morning, I would return my rental car with 400+ more miles and said goodbye to Scotland as I headed back to London.