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Cawdor

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  • Day8

    Lost in the castle gardens

    August 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Our last stop on Thursday before returning to Inverness was at Cawdor Castle, a more "modern" castle (15th century with numerous additions) that is still a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor.

    The main attraction for Myj were the beautiful gardens. We spent most of our time wandering in the White Garden, Wild Garden, Knot Garden, Walled Garden and maze. We did take a quick run through the castle itself, which reminded Myj of Downton Abbey.
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    Tamsen Cassidy

    Full moon over the isles...enjoy it!

    8/25/18Reply
    Myra and Dennis Classen

    Yes, we are in Oban on the coast. Dennis went outside at 10pm to see the moon. I was sleeping!

    8/25/18Reply
     
  • Day125

    Day 125: North to Inverness

    June 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Time to leave Edinburgh. We headed west out of the city (taking a couple of wrong turns along the way, whoops), before heading across the Forth Road Bridge (not the UNESCO one but just nearby) and heading north into the Scottish countryside.

    First stop was about an hour in, at the town of St Andrews on the coast. It's famous of course as the home of golf, where the rules were originally laid down and where for many years the game's governing body was based. The golf links here is actually a collection of seven different courses, one of which is the famous Old Course - in use for hundreds of years.

    We took some photos and walked along the edge - the whole area is public land and you're free to just wander around (while watching for flying balls of course). Poked around the gift shops and stuff but it was all very expensive so didn't bother. I also didn't bother checking how much a round would cost; it's the old saying of "if you have to ask..."

    Back to the car where we drove through the town, which was actually surprisingly pretty! Lots of old stone buildings well-maintained, and some good parklands too. There's also a big university here, where I think Prince William might've gone to school? Maybe? I dunno.

    We drove back out of town along the beachfront golf holes, and found a small takeaway in a hut. Grabbed some food but it was pretty dire - my hot dog was awful and Shandos's toastie wasn't much better.

    Back to the car where we headed north-west, rejoining the main road as St Andrews had been a one-hour detour. Stopped again after another hour or so at the small town of Pitlochry. Quite touristy here, with lots of knick-knack shops aimed at old people and plenty of coach parking available. Though we managed to find a nice cafe and have a coffee and a large slice of cake each to make up for our pitiful lunch.

    Further north we went for another couple of hours, into the highlands and some spectacular countryside. Lots of rugged mountains, desolate moors, pine forests and deep blue lochs. The only annoying thing was the AVERAGE SPEED CAMERA sections, where in a crappy car like ours with no cruise control, you basically drive along for 10 minutes at a time, staring at your speedo rather than the road. And they don't tell you the limit, you're just expected to know that on a single-carriageway outside of town the limit is 60mph. Hopefully.

    Finally we reached Inverness, where we stopped at Tesco and picked up some supplies for the next couple of days. Our Airbnb was actually in a separate town about 20 minutes drive east of the town, so we needed to be well stocked for breakfast and the like. Checked in and found our apartment quite agreeable. It's a large old country house that was probably originally a duplex - we have one side while our host and her boyfriend and sister live in the other side.

    Microwaved Thai food from Tesco for dinner as we didn't want to go back out, and then an early night as we have a super early start tomorrow for our trip to Orkney!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Main clubhouse on the Old Course

    6/23/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Looking back down the 18th

    6/23/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    The famous bridge on the 18th

    6/23/17Reply
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  • Day9

    Cawdor Castle (Guest writer)

    May 30, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    There is really no shortages of castles in England or Scotland. All you have to do is search around your destination and voila there’s a castle or palace. Cawdor Castle was a little gem we found on the way from Culloden to Loch Ness. The original structure dates back to the 1300’s, and is the first castle we’ve seen that still has a drawbridge, pretty neat! The Dowager Countess Cawdor still lives there in the wintertime, but during the summer months she opens it up to tourists. We overheard one of the tour guides talking about her being away in the summer, but back in the winter and we asked about her husband. The 6th Earl Cawdor, Hugh Campbell, died in 1993 and left behind 5 children from his first marriage as well as his 2nd wife Angelica Campbell, Countess Cawdor. If we’ve learned anything from our time in the UK, it’s that they take their peerage system seriously. Something about the way the tour guide hesitated when asked about the 7th Earl stuck out so we googled it when we got to our next stop. Glad we did, there was a bit of a scandal! Once the 6th Earl Cawdor dies, the Countess becomes a Dowager Countess (widow), and his eldest son becomes the 7th Earl Cawdor. Nothing unusual here except when he passed, 6th Earl Cawdor caused controversy by leaving the ancestral home to the Dowager Countess vs his heir, 7th Earl Cawdor, Colin Campbell- WOW! She’s been living in the castle since 1993, and in the summer of 2002 while the Dowager Countess was on holiday in the US, 7th Earl Cawdor up and moved his wife and 4 children into the castle. A lawsuit ensued and a court ordered that the earl and his family had to move back to their mansion, also on the castles property. Talk about awkward.
    The castle is very, very old with a legit dungeon, tons of cool places for kids to hide and amazing gardens and grounds. Only thing that wasn’t impressive was the “new” kitchen, only recently upgraded in 1938. When the cook was told she was getting the expensive upgrade, she quit on the spot!

    Yet another off the beaten path place we all got to experience this trip.
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    Gamma Stalheim

    No comment says Doc!

    5/30/19Reply
     
  • Day9

    Cawdor Golf course!

    May 30, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    So, seeing this golf course up close - since I missed St Andrews, I had to get some pictures for my buddy David. Some day, I’d love to do a golf trip over here to play a few rounds. I saw the board outside the castle and thought it might be a good place for us to start! It really is amazing how different, but alike our worlds can be. I love traveling and experience all these cultures have to share and looking at life in a whole other light. When you have a golf course on every other street corner, you become a little numb to it. When you don’t have nearly as many or access to them, even the little ones can be a little piece of heaven!Read more

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