Sunday – More Views of Scotland

Here will be the last pictorial from Scotland. I had a wonderful time filled with exceptional sights and sounds of a beautiful country.

Cawdor Castle

This is a photo of The Cawdor Castle which is owned by the Dowager Countess Cawdor. She opens the castle to visitors in the summer and then takes up residence in the fall. It is said that Shakespeare stayed and wrote McBeth while here. In fact, Cowdor is mentioned in McBeth.

Cawdor Castle

Here is a view of the rear with some gardens showing.

A shot of the formal gardens


This is the back of a carriage. On the door is the Dowager Countess Cawdor symbol and below the symbol for the Order of the Thistle which is the highest honor in Scotland.


Of course, no visit to Scotland would be complete without a distillery tour. This is the Benromach distillery. A very fine single malt whiskey.

Loch Ness

This is a shot of Loch Ness. Did not see Nessy.

Caledonian locks

Here is a shot of the Caledonian locks. The Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William in Scotland. It was opened in 1822 and runs 60 miles. There are 29 locks in the system. This was a shot of the locks near Inverness.

The highlands

Here is a photo of the Highlands. You van see a waterfall and in the distance.


One more shot of the farmhouse including the stream.


More waterfall.

Loch Loman

A photo of Loch Loman (Taken from a speeding car.)


Our hotel in Glasgow. A real European flavor.


This was the four-floor stairway in the hotel in Glasgow. The chandelier made it quite unusual. Well, I hope you enjoyed the selection. If you want to come over, I have about 300 more. I could put you to sleep fast.



  1. Clare and I passed Loch Lomond on our way to our honeymoon on the Inner Hebridean island of Colonsay – unforgettable trip.

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

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😀

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Lovely photo journey, John. I hoped your family might solve the Loch Ness mystery – maybe your next trip? LOL

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Gwen. We actually got down to the water’s edge. I was quite surprised to see the water so clear. The lock is so deep that the water looks very dark from far away.

  4. We’d be wide awake, having a look at the rest, John! 🙂
    A pity you won’t show us. 😦 We were in Scotland appr. the same time as you and we loved it all – except for tourist trap Loch Ness. Cawdor castle and gardens look great, very nice photostory.
    Warm greetings to you from ☀️☀️ Norway🇳🇴
    The Fab Four of Cley

    1. We avoided the Lock Ness trap. I wish we could have met for a coffee or tea. Ah well. Maybe in the next life. Thanks. Warm greetings from the Texas coast. 🙂

      1. If you plan a visit to England in the near or distant future, please coma and visit us in North Norfolk, John. You are very welcome!

      2. Thank you, Dina. 🙂

  5. Beautiful photos, John. I’m glad you had a great time. Welcome back. I hope you can settle in soon. I’m guessing you’re still making it up to Lucy and the gang. No Nessie? Dang.

    1. Yes. When I tried to sneak in Lucy and Bailey came wiggling. I had to laugh out loud. It was so nice to be treated that way. 😀

  6. Gorgeous photos, John. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. I have the Highland shot! Happy Sunday!

    1. Happy Sunday to you as well, Jill. 🙂

  7. Architecture, quaint history and all wrapped up in beautiful scenery. What more could anyone ask for?

    1. I was certainly appreciative of it all, GP. Thanks. 🙂

  8. Great shots. Must have had a memorable trip.

    1. It was. Thanks, Charles

  9. Love that chandelier!

    1. I know right? It was amazing. Thanks, Pamela.

  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    This is the last photo post from John Howell on his recent trip to Scotland but you can link back to his others underneath the share buttons.. A wonderful trip full of happy memories and the Highlands look amazing… #recommended

    1. Thank you, Sally.

  11. I’ve been out of touch, but you’re one lucky devil, John.
    Beautiful pics, buddy.
    Especially that last one.

  12. Loch Ness looks so calm. Thank you for sharing part of your vacation with us. I hope your family roots feel a bit stronger now, John. I’d sit through a slideshow on the living room wall. I’ll pop the corn. 🙂

  13. Thanks for the amazing shots, John. Scotland is very beautiful indeed. Loved the story about Shakespeare. I’m with the others – more is better!

  14. While riding near Inverness on a bus, I spotted the sign for Cawdor Castle and recalled the line from MacBeth, “Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!”

    I thought, could it be?

    And it was.

  15. Thanks for the tour, John. The castle is fabulous and has an interesting history. Was this purely vacation or are you doing research for a book? Your photos never bore me, so post away!

  16. You must have had a wonderful holiday in Scotland, John. Just like us! 🙂

  17. Stunning, John. I’d be more than happy to have you try to put me to sleep with your other 300 hundred photos. I don’t think you’d succeed though!

  18. Wow, John! I can’t imagine being in the same place where Shakespeare hung out while writing MacBeth! Amazing photo tour!

    1. I was very impressed. Thanks, Jan

  19. Sigh, I hope to get to Scotland at some point. It looks so incredibly beautiful!

    1. It is beautiful. Every town is as quant as it can be.

  20. Lovely photos, John. I hope Scotland lived up to your expectations – even if you didn’t glimpse Nessie..

    1. Thank you, Mary. Scotland was grand. I enjoyed the trip.

  21. Working backwards and thanks for sharing. Amazing that you found the only castle and only distillery in Scotland!

    1. I know right? Called the stumble factor.

      1. LOL …. and I know I have more to yet to see.

  22. Looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. It was wonderful

  23. You can throw in photos from Scotland anytime and they will be appreciated. The gardens are lovely!

  24. Welcome back John.
    That is a wild shot of the chandelier. Spectacular. I could never tire of these pictures. Besides, I’m endlessly fascinated by castles. Forget Nessy, give me castles.
    I take it you didn’t spend much time on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. 😉
    Wishing you a wonder-filled new week. Mega hugs.

    1. Loch Loman was a blur. Thanks, Teagan

  25. Breathtaking!! Scotland is calling me home!

  26. It wouldn’t put me to sleep. I love the majestic nature of these centuries old buildings.

    1. Me too. Thanks, Pilgrim.

  27. Scotland is a beautiful country!

    1. It is so beautiful and filled with history.

      1. A wonderful place I have fond memories of Scotland

      2. I now have memories as well. Thanks, Willow.

      3. it is a beautiful place

  28. Great pictures, John, that hotel is an excellent building

    1. I thought so as well.

  29. Love living in Scotland, the Highlands is one of my favourite spots. Just added Cawdor Castle to my list of places unseen. Not sure how we missed it as last Summer we visited John O’Groats. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

    1. The gardens at Cawdor are worth the visit. Thanks, Etta. 🙂

  30. So much beauty around the world, John. I love how still Loch Ness appears … not even a ripple. And those photos of the castles are amazing. I imagine they get a bit drafty in cold and rainy months though.

    1. They were drafty while we were there. I can’t imagine in the winter.

  31. Wow, spectacular share here John. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Thank you , Debby. 🙂

      1. Welcome John. Happy 4th! 🙂

  32. Beautiful! Thanks for the mini vacation. Enjoy the day.

  33. That carriage was something special. Thanks for the arm-chair tour John!

  34. I probably would have hung out by Loch Ness just to see if Nessie showed up – you never know.

    1. We stayed for a while but not even a ripple.

  35. Scotland was one of our favorite places to visit. We took a coach trip through the Highlands and I was just amazed at how gorgeous it was. Glad that you had a chance to visit there.

    1. It was gorgeous for sure. Thanks, John

  36. Fab photos, John! Looks like a great trip. We just about crossed paths. Did I leave a vapor trail? Ha!

    1. I think there was a footprint in the Haggis

      1. I LOVED Haggis. Sorry about my toe print.

  37. I LOVE that building in Glasgow!

  38. Great photos, wish I’d have been in Glasgow when you were in the City we could have done afternoon tea at the Willows 🍰☕️

    1. That would have been lovely, Charlotte. Maybe next time (or next life which ever comes first.) 😀

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