Saturday – More Views of Edinburgh

Normally on Saturday, there is a Stream of Consciousness prompt. While travelling I missed it so I thought you might like some more pictures of Scotland.

Here is a photo of the St. Andrews Cathedral.  As you can see it is in ruins. The town of St Andrews is very picturesque.

St. Andrews

Here is the Abby at St Andrews. It was destroyed during the Reformation.

Castle at Five

Here is a Castle at Fyvie and is noted because it was a commoner’s castle

There were two swans with their chicks on the side of the road.

Dog and John

This is a shot of a dog in a pub at Fyvie that decided to sleep on my shoe. (Don’t tell Lucy)

Sunset at Whitehills

We visited our Great Grandmother’s hometown of Portsoy. We stayed in Whitehills and here is a sunset shot.

Port Soy

Here is the main street of Portsoy


A shot of the quay in Portsoy.


A picture of my sister and I  marking the moment of our visit to Portsoy. I have more photos and will drag them out every once in a while.



  1. I see you dragged some blue sky across with you, John. Such great memories you’ve taken back with you.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Wonderful, happy photos, John. Generations of Howells will enjoy sharing stories of this epic trip. And, we readers look forward to reading snippets of the adventure. Welcome home! 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    More pictures from John Howell’s trip to Scotland.

  4. Awesome pics. Looking forward to hearing stories about your adventure.

  5. How beautiful!… Did you know that our Bavarian Duke Franz von Bayern of the Wittelsbach Dynastie would be the legal king of Scotland if it would become independent and would return to monarchy? 😉
    Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  6. More great captures, love it!

    Have a great Saturday, Boss.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing more of your photographs, John. They are fantastic! I love the photo of you and your sissy. We’ll have to refer to you as the dog whisperer.
    Happy Saturday!

  8. Thanks for sharing, John. From these shots, I can really get a ‘feel’ for the old country.

  9. Looks like you had a good time – and good weather – over there. I’m glad you are enjoying your visit, and I’m looking forward to seeing more pictures.
    Have a good time, and a safe trip back,

    1. Thank you, Pit. Arrived with luggage.

      1. Good that the luggage rrived with you. I’ve had a different experience quite a few times. But luckily my luggage never got lost completely.
        Have a great Sunday and a happy 4th,

  10. I’ll make this qualify for the #SoCS Prompt – Ooooh —- Aaaah Beautiful photos, John!

    1. Thank you, Dan

  11. A commoners castle. Sounds like that one’s for me. Your pictures are fantastic, John. The dog was just sending you some love from Lucy. Aww

    1. Thanks, Audrey

  12. That’s how I remembered Scotland: jackets in summer. 🙂 Fabulous pictures!

    1. Waterproof jackets. Thanks, Greg

  13. Yeah, I was wondering about that Commoner’s Castle – was it appropriated? Love the shot in the pub – glad you also took in the REAL important sights! LOL Great pictures, John – thank you!

    1. Needed to quench a thirst.

  14. John, you have a great eye. The photos really make me wish I was there, especially so I could buy you a pint and pet the dog. The cathedral ruins are especially intriguing as I recently finished Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth” which, if you haven’t read it, is all about building a cathedral (more exciting than it sounds).

    1. Sounds good though. Thanks, Phillip.

  15. You write a great travel post! Wonderful that you got to visit your great-grandmother’s home with you sister. You must have felt right at home by the sea. Rest up and have a safe July 4th!

    1. Thank you, Jo. Their Sea was a little cold but I did feel at home.

  16. Beautiful post, John! I love the pictures––gorgeous. You have a great eye.

    1. Thank you, Vashti

      1. You’re welcome.

  17. Great pictures, John. You are a lucky man!! I am Scottish and all my ancestors are there. I would love to see it some day. Not in this life, I’m afraid.

  18. They are super pictures, John. I’ve only ever been to Scotland once, and that was a very long time ago. I hope that dog let you have your foot back.

    1. Yes, the dog finally got off my foot. I think it was about five minutes or so. The owner said she only does that to people she likes. She recognized a dog owner I’m thinking. Thanks, Hugh.

      1. Yes, you’re correct. Toby does it a lot to our guests, but only those that give him treats and play with him.

      2. I did play with the dog. No treats though.

  19. I really miss Edinburgh. Spent my teenage years there and often go back to visit my mum and dad, and brother… Enjoyed your photos. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Marie. I wished I could have spent another few days there. Maybe some other time. It is a beautiful city.

  20. Enjoy the exodus, John.

  21. Stunning … and a toast to your family roots!

  22. Looks like you had a wonderful trip, and I’m glad for you. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

    1. My pleasure, Debbie.

  23. So picturesque – just beautiful, John.

    1. It was picturesque, Teri. Thanks.

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