Saturday, August 17th, Errin, Grace, and I packed up our bags and headed to Schiphol Airport just south of Amsterdam to catch a flight. We had spent 3 glorious weeks on the European continent exploring the Rhine River Valley and Bavaria in Germany, a couple of blissful days in Paris, and a couple more in the lively and quirky city of Amsterdam perched upon bicycles. Although we had a super great time, we were all so excited to return to our favorite place, Scotland where we could once again enjoy a proper fish supper with our cousin Lindsay.
After a couple of days of relaxing and recuperating after our 3-week long adventures, we were off again to visit yet another iconic castle and gardens at Crathes. Although I visit this place every year I travel to Scotland, I never tire of its beauty and could hardly wait to share it with the girls.
Just across the way from the entry gate of the castle grounds is the Milton of Crathes, where there are gift shops, a tea room, an old water wheel, and a lovely little trail along the creek that flows into the River Dee. I knew the girls would enjoy a short stroll through the woods and over the creek to get the day started.
Upon arrival, we made our way straight for the castle so they could tour the interior and enjoy the treasures it holds.
The girls liked the coat of arms above the original door to the castle, noting how short the entrance door was! People weren’t as tall back then as they are today!
There were many other curiosities and antique items scattered throughout that we enjoyed and pondered over as we toured the various sections of the castle’s interior.
Following is a sampling of the beautiful sights we saw as we meandered about the pathways. Stunning flowers in bright hues, beautiful little nooks to sit in, enchanting structures, fountains, and whimsical statuary, to name a few…
A darling little ladybug…
…beautiful formal herb gardens…
As you might imagine, we had worked up an appetite, so after a rest on the lawn, we proceeded to the Tea Room to enjoy a bite to eat before getting back in the car and heading back home to Lindsay’s house.
Along the route back home, we stopped by the Falls of Feugh near Banchory so the girls could enjoy that delightful natural sight as well.
The rest of the week, we visited many more gardens and castles elsewhere in the Highlands. Stay tuned for yet more exciting and beautiful locales to come!