A visit to the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh

The reason hubby and I went to Edinburgh was to view The Lost Words exhibition, which was in Inverleith House in the Royal Botanical Garden.

After we had been round the exhibition, we had lunch in the café and explored the Garden.

It was our first visit, but we hope it will not be our last. Like any garden it changes with the seasons. In late summer we enjoyed seeing many flowers, especially the herbaceous borders. It would look quite different in spring, when the bulbs are in flower and the leaves just beginning to open on the trees and shrubs.

I have visited Kew Gardens several times (as a child and later with hubby and our children). There is an entrance fee there. In Edinburgh it is free to visit the garden, but there is a charge for visiting the glasshouses. That is something we hope to do on a future visit. We were fortunate with the weather and happy to be outside for the afternoon.

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Oban, Dunollie Castle and McCaig’s Tower

On the final day of our short break in Scotland I called into the Tourist Information Office to buy stamps for postcards and to pick up a town map.  We needed the map to find our way to McCaig’s tower.  Although it is visible from various locations in and around Oban, it was not obvious how to walk to it.

The morning was forecast to remain dry.  We walked to Dunollie Castle and bought tickets to go round on a guided tour.  Had the weather been better, we’d have explored the woodland walk afterwards.

There is an interesting rock with trees growing on it alongside the path to the castle.

An unusual feature
An unusual feature

The tour was interesting, highlighting the history of the site and the age of various buildings.  The castle is within sight of Duart Castle, which we had already visited.  The families were connected and worked together against common enemies.  There was also information about the method of building the lower part of the keep, which I found particularly interesting.  It was unfortunate that the weather had forced the cancellation of an event at Dunollie Castle that evening.

After the tour we explored the museum, which houses a fascinating collection of miscellaneous objects, gathered together by a female member of the family.

We had a light lunch of soup and a roll at the castle, sitting under awnings and taking care lest the wind steal our paper plates, serviettes, etc.  A robin entertained us.

After lunch we went to find McCaig’s Tower.  The map helped, but we discovered an unmarked footpath, which was a short cut.  While we were at the tower it began to rain steadily.

Both the places we visited gave good views of Oban Bay with the Isle of Kerera and beyond it the Isle of Mull.

Coming back from Iona

Continuing my series about Scotland brings us to the journey back from Iona to Oban.  Here are some snaps of Fiannphort, some taken from the coach and some from the ferries.  The captions appear if you hover over them and tell the story.  We were blessed with good weather, when it was important.  Rain in the evenings was not too much of a hardship.