This is an example of how hospitable folks were to me, while on my bike trip in the U.K.; and it was a fine place indeed to sleep at the end of a day – nice and dry!
Here’s another excellent example of a place where I spent the night sleeping on the straw…a bike trip gives you a sense of honesty and humility, when relying on the assistance of perfect strangers for the necessities of life.
At this point on my bike trip I’m in Scotland, and before me is a beautiful vista of the Scottish Highlands and the western coastline of Scotland in the distance.
This must be the ferry terminal area at Mallaig, Scotland; where I took the car ferry to the “Isle of Skye,” and is pictured here with the tide out.
I took the car ferry across the “Sound of Sleat” to Armadale, on the Isle of Skye; where it was a magical feeling to know that I was on this quaint unhurried island.
Now I’ve arrived at Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness; which is 23 miles long and the famous home of “Nessie” the “Loch Ness Monster.”
Urquhart Castle was one of medieval Scotland’s largest strongholds, and a beautiful place to ponder whether Nessie would make an appearance or not.
Urquhart Castle still holds a commanding view over Loch Ness, and was beautifully maintained by the groundskeepers.
The grounds at Urquhart Castle are very well tended, and offer a quiet and peaceful place to visit Loch Ness; and think of days long gone by and ponder the unsolved mysteries of our world.
Urquhart Castle’s Grant Tower is only a ruin today, but you can imagine what life must have been like when this was a Scottish fortress and stronghold.
Could any of the “wave shadows” in this photograph actually be “Nessie,” just beneath the surface of Loch Ness?
I stopped to take a picture of this grand estate, somewhere in the pristine and tranquil countryside of Scotland.
A timeless pastoral scene in Scotland, taken from a quaint “humpback bridge” of natural stone; in a setting that has the mystique of a novel written a hundred years ago.
A beautiful example of the red “Highland Cattle” breed – the oldest registered breed of cattle, going back to 1885.
Here’s the RRS Discovery in Dundee, Scotland; which was the ship of the successful Discovery Expedition to the Antarctic.