The day started with a picture stop at Eilean Donan castle. This is apparently the most photographed castle in Scotland, and has been in several movies. In the gift shop there I found a scarf in the Rose hunting tartan, so that made me happy. And one of the other girls found that her family had a crest, which got her pretty excited.

Then there were many picture stops in Kintail and Glengarry, and stories of the 5 sisters of Kintail. Also, Loch Garry appears to be in the shape of Scotland herself, which is very interesting to see.

Then it was on to Fort William for lunch. This town is overlooked by Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK at 1344m high. It actually claims more lives a year than Everest. I figure this is because more people attempt it. Also, it doesn’t look that large or as though it’s that hard of a climb. People decide on a whim to go for it, without realizing that the weather is apt to change for the worst when they get up there. No, we didn’t attempt it.

Next was Glencoe, the weeping glen. On the way there we encountered some hairy coos (aka hairy cows). Everyone wanted to see them, so it was about time we did. One of the girls from Texas lives on a ranch back home, so she jumped in with them for some close-up pics. I opted to stay on the other side of the fence. Sure they look cute, but there’s still horns under all that hair!

Then it was the very sad departure from the group (some people were doing 4 or 6 day tours, but most of us were only there for the 3 days). We met up with another guide and he took us on to Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the English army (even though he was outnumbered 4-1) in 1314. Then sadly back to Edinburgh for the end of the trip.

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