More of Scotland

I just happened to be in Scotland for a Highland games event at Gordon Castle.

This was a real treat .

A couple of my friends I met up with in Ireland came to Portnockie for a couple days and we headed up to Gordon castle for the games. They had food, gin and whiskey tasting, crafts, raptor demos, bagpipe parades, music, and the games. We really enjoyed the bagpipe parade and the games the most. Watching all the strongmen throwing heavy items was a new experience for me. And I loved the parade of musicians with bagpipes and drums.

Below the photos of the game are more photos out and about around Portnockie, Scotland. The whole coastline up and down from Portnockie is just amazingly beautiful.

I did a day tour to Isle of Skye after leaving Portnockie and spending a couple of days in Inverness. I enjoyed Inverness , however it rained most of the time I was there. The day of the tour to Skye was rainy but not so bad. Still enjoyed it . Our tour bus driver was a wealth of information. Here are some photos of Isle of Skye.

Will be doing a post on Edinburgh next. Hopefully soon. I have not been doing much blogging lately but still have lots to blog about !!! Summer in Tahoe, music festivals, hiking in Tahoe. Enjoy these photos of beautiful Scotland.

House sitting in Scotland.

I was very lucky to land a 3 week house sit in Scotland this last May in a little coastal fishing village called Portnockie. Taking care of a beautiful border collie named Jesse ! So, as anyone reading my blog could see I was also in Ireland. My 3 posts previous to this are about Ireland. I had decided to make a 6 week trip of it. Spending 2 weeks in Ireland and 4 weeks in Scotland. Loved both countries. Here is the house I stayed in in Scotland with the adorable dog Jesse who was very sweet and smart and a great walking companion . Also, a couple photos of the village and the view from my bedroom window . Ocean was just across the road.

Portnockie is a very small , old fishing village in an extremely beautiful location. The coastline is beautiful and rugged in parts. Crumbling castles hanging off of cliffs. Green, green hills all around.

The owner of the house left me a car so I was able to see quite a bit altho many days I just enjoyed a long walk along the Moray trail which runs 72 miles along the beautiful Scottish coast.

People in Scotland are so friendly and helpful. Anytime I ever asked for directions or some information , whoever I asked would go out of their way to help me out.

The house sit was small but nice. Right across the street from the cliffs that go along the beautiful Moray coastline and a super sweet beach to walk on as well.

Having a car was great as I was able to explore some cute little villages along the coast and would sometimes run into surprises , such as ancient crumbling castles, ancient graveyards and such.

I loved Scotland and will be posting more photos and info about it in next post.