The Kingdom of Fife-home of the Picts.
We make our way into Perthshire-the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.
Dunkeld Catherdral. The Cathedral is a mix of Gothic and Norman styles and was built in several stages over more than 200 years, from 1260-1501.
Back on the bus, we head to Pitlochry. We have some time to poke around. Jay knows of a Fish Ladder in town so we set off to find it.
Blair Atholl Distillery (Bell's Whisky). The Distillery was closed for cleaning so we watched a DVD and then Ian showed us how to properly enjoy a single malt.
Barrel Race-Help 4 Heroes to raise funds for war veterans. The actress was at Blair Athol Distillery in Perthshire on Monday to begin the Bell's Barrel of Laughs — a 517-mile (832km) celebrity barrel-rolling relay to raise money for Help for Heroes.
We also didn't get to see Blair Castle-I guess they weren't open until after Easter so we headed into the Highlands making our way to Inverness.
The scenery along the way was quite dramatic. If you're a fan of the Starz TV series Outlanders-you'll know this.
The Royal Highland Hotel in the heart of Inverness-our base for the next couple of days. Our room was tiny-in the old servants quarters and our stall shower was smaller than a phone booth. Picture taking a show in an airplane's lavatory. But it was quiet and we knew we'd get a good night's sleep but first-dinner.
On my list were two restaurants The Mustard Seed and Hootanannay. The Seed was booked so Hootananny it was! (We made reservations for Tuesday night at The Mustard Seed.)
Remember this face, our very cool bartender is an actor! He's in the current movie version of Macbeth (naked!) and is also a stunt man in Outlander-he's a Red Coat-but we still loved talking with him!
Dinner was GREAT! I had the Highland Beef and Red Kite Ale pie. Jay had the North Sea Haddock Fish and Chips.
Old Pulteney 12 year old single malt
And Jay discovered Black Isle Brewery!
For dessert I had the "Porter in the Pudding" most excellent! With a wee pint of the Black Isle Organic Porter!
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Next up: Culloden and Fort George!
Edinburgh and the Castles of
Day 5 March 23 Dunkeld Cathedral, Pitlochry, Blair Atoll Distillery, Highlands,
March 19-30, 2015
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