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Some of the places we saw and the beautiful part of Scotland where madmum_sarah lives - some with Daniel in the foreground.
Around Fraserburgh (Sarah's town)
Sandy beach & surrounding area
By the lighthouse. Apparently the posts are something to do with being a storage place for fishing nets, as Fraserburgh is a big fishing town, but now they're just decorated as part of the lighthouse museum.
Macduff (Banffshire Coast)
At Macduff Aquarium
We also visited Duff House in this area which is a stately home but pictures were not allowed inside and there was scaffolding all around the outside!
Sueno's Stone - near Forres
This is an old Pictish stone with some fantastic engravings of battles and a Celtic cross. Unfortunately it's kept in a tank, presumably to avoid any further weathering, but it made taking pictures hard.
Back (battle scene)
Side (Celtic knotwork)
Front (Celtic cross)
Apparently it fell into disrepair when Scotland converted as a nation to Protestantism, as it was a Catholic cathedral. In more recent times, heritage groups have preserved the beautiful ruins and repaired the chapter house roof. Most of what you see is 13th century, and the place has a very calming and awe-inspiring energy. There are a lot of tombs in the walls, we noticed many of them had skulls and crossbones engraved on them, which was a bit disconcerting! There are 140 steps in the accessible tower, and Daniel climbed all the way up to the top!!! Though Shaun carried him down as it was a bit steep.
This is a small ruins which looks like a castle but really is a stately home that belonged to the bishops of Moray from c.1200.
Beautiful pics! Forres is just down the road from my castle! Brodie Castle - have you ever been? My maiden name is Brodie. I visited the castle in 2002 and we were actually supposed to be married there. One of the portraits of one of the Brodie's who lived there looks exactly like my dad!
Andrea, no sadly I haven't been to Brodie Castle. Forres was the furthest out we drove from Fraserburgh. There are so many castles in that area to see, and there was so little time to cram stuff in, I deffo have to go back and see some more!