My journey is nearly over but there is still a lot more I will be doing. Today it was a move from Campbeltown back to Edinburgh – a full day’s drive with stops at Inverary Castle, headquarters of Clan Campbell, and the incredible Stirling Castle. The drive alone was worth the time as we journeyed through a breathtaking glen and along Loch Lomond. Sadly, it was my last day with my amazing guide, Bo Fraser. She is truly a gem and helped make my trip the amazing adventure it has been.
Inveraray Castle (photo 1) is the home of the 13th Duke of Argyll and sits on Loch Fyne, Scotland’s longest sea loch. It has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, chiefs of Clan Campbell, since the 18th century. It is often referred to as the fairy tale castle.
The real gem of today’s trip was Stirling Castle (photo 3), one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally. It sits on an ancient site and occupied the most important strategic location in the country. It was said that to hold Stirling was to hold Scotland. It was the focus of two of the most important battles in Scotland’s history – Stirling Bridge (1297) and Bannockburn (1314) when King Robert I (The Bruce) defeated the English, giving strategic control of Scotland back to King Robert. It was also the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots. It was added to by various kings over the years. James IV built the enormous great hall and James V added the royal apartments. Clearly another visit will be warranted!