Tag Archives: Scotland

Royal #Edinburgh Military #Tattoo 2022

This week, one week after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, and two weeks after Her Majesty lay in rest in St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, just a short walk from the 3,000-year-old castle at the top of the hill, it seems quite appropriate to share with you my August visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo. […]

Holyrood Palace, #Edinburgh. #HistoricBuildings Scotland

This year I’m having to work extra hard to make up for the need to take 3 months off: 6 weeks to recover from each hip replacement, with the second looming at the end of September. No time for a full holiday this year, but a few busy days sight-seeing in Edinburgh provided a welcome […]

Clava Cairns – #Scotland #ScottishHighlands

Driving along one of the back roads near Inverness, just 15 miles from home, I noticed a sign to Clava Cairns. I was intrigued, not realising we had such an important historic site so close to home, so of course a visit had to be arranged! It’s an atmospheric site, with a pervading sense of […]

#Highland #Wildlife Park – #Scotland

Thank you so much for all the well wishes this past couple of weeks – my hip surgery went well and, despite an unfortunate early hiccup when I discovered my body doesn’t tolerate morphine, my recovery is coming on just fine. I saved up a couple of visits to share with you when I had […]

Doggie fun in the sun – and the rain! #Scotland

This post is particularly for those of you who read, enjoyed, and commented on last week’s ’10 Things You Might Not Know about…’ series, which featured yours truly: https://marciamearawrites.com/2021/10/27/tenthingsyoumaynotknow-about-deborah-jay/ Many of you commented on our pack of rescue dogs, so I thought I’d share some pictures of them having fun. Before Covid we walked them […]

Weekend off! Blair Horse Trials #equestrian

This weekend was possibly the last blast of summer, and I felt I deserved a weekend off to enjoy it, so I finally managed to go to an event I’ve been trying to visit for many years, but never quite found the time: Blair International Horse Trials. One of the premier equine events in Scotland, […]

Orphir round kirk #Orkney #Scotland

Orphir is a region of Mainland Orkney where once again we were immersed in history, this time 11th/12th century, and back to the murder of St. Magnus First, we visited the Orkneyinga Saga Centre to view documents and a fantastic audio-visual display about the saga, which tells the extensive history of the jarls (earls) of […]

Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn #Orkney #Scotland

Back again to yet another Neolithic chambered cairn – this one, Cuween Hill, is the final one we visited, and I’m glad, because I can tell you, if this had been the first, I would never have gone inside! The approach is up a steep hill (guess the name gives that away!), and it isn’t […]

Earl’s Palace, Birsay, #Orkney #Scotland

A quick trip forward in time on Orkney again, moving from the Viking settlement across the causeway to the 16th-century Earl’s Palace on the Mainland. The ruins still display the layout and size of the palace, built around a large open courtyard. Nominally a castle (though it wouldn’t have been very defensible, in my opinion), […]

Dunkeld Hermitage, #Scotland

A little departure this week from the still-to-be-completed posts from Orkney. As lockdown eased and we were allowed to go back to work, I drove down to England to teach for a week. On the return journey I took a short stop at a beautiful site I haven’t visited for some years: The Hermitage at […]