At the beginning of August, we had family visit us!

After arriving in the UK we took them to Fountains Abbey to keep them awake and get over jet lag.

Later that week we took a day trip to Knaresborough. We rented a boat and rowed around on the Nidd, which we have wanted to do for a while. It was fun and gave a nice view of the picturesque railway bridge.

After hanging around town for a few days we rented a van and headed up to Scotland!

Our first stop in Scotland was Edinburgh. We saw Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, climbed Arthur’s Seat, and took a bus tour around town (amongst other things).

We then headed to Stirling to take in Bannockburn and Stirling Castle.

After leaving Stirling we continued on to Pitlochry, where we spent the night.

The next morning we stopped by Queen’s View on Loch Tummel. The weather was rather damp and misty so we couldn’t see very far. It was very beautiful, though. We followed that up with a walk near Killiecrankie pass.

We got lunch at an old watermill, still in use to make the flour used in all the breads at the cafe. We then continued on to Dalwhinnie Distillery to see whiskey being made (and sample some, of course).

To be continued…