At the last minute we decided to go away for new years eve. After looking online we found a cute B&B in Strathyre, Scotland.

On the drive up, we stopped to see the Falkirk Wheel. It uses science (Archimedes principle of displacement) to be super efficient, using only the amount of energy needed to boil two kettles to move a boat from one part of the canal to the other! Unfortunately, the canal was frozen over and the boat lift wasn’t running so we didn’t get any action shots.

Since our plans of riding the wheel were dashed, we took advantage of our limited day light hours and stopped by Doune Castle, aka the castle where Monty Python’s Holy Grail was filmed!

That night being new year’s eve, we hit up the pub next door to our B&B and hung with some locals. We met a guy from North Carolina, had a drunk Irish man explain Samuel Beckett to us, and had drinks with Ian and Eleanor from Edinburgh and Tommy from Doune. There was even a bagpiper at midnight!

The next morning after a delicious breakfast (Randy had haggis with a poached egg on top), we drove to Balquhidder to see Rob Roy’s grave.

We then drove to Killin to see the falls of Dochart on our way to Pitlochry.

Pitlochry, as I’m sure you know, is the home of a fish ladder, so of course we had to stop and see it before we got too cold and it got too dark.

Day three started with snow, but cleared up so that we were able to drive to Loch Lomond (of “You take the high road and I’ll take the low road” fame). On the way, we stopped at Drovers Inn


The Drover’s Inn and lunch (yes that is haggis)

Loch Lomond was beautiful

We saw fuzzy cows throughout the trip, but on the way home we saw one that we could get close to

On the way home we also stopped in Stirling to see the castle. It was freezing, but the views were great.

The rest of the Scotland Photos