Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

The Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Blog Tour took place  6 – 10 August 2010 with accommodation provided by Premier Inn.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

Loch Faskally, Pitlochry, Perthshire

My first night was spent be in my city of birth Dundee.  I stayed at the Premier Inn Dundee Centre which is right on the waterfront at the Tay Estuary. I paid a visit to Discovery Point, the home of Captain Scott’s Antarctic voyage ship RRS Discovery.

RRS Discovery Dundee

I also visited the Sensation Science Centre.

The Magic Mirror at Sensation Science Centre Dundee

Enroute to my next overnight stay in Aberdeen I had a few stops.  In Arbroath I had a walk around the harbour where I ended up smelling like an Arbroath Smokie due to smoke wafting out from the traditional fish smoke house.

Abroath Harbour (with fish smoke house at back left)

Then I had a walk along the beautiful Arbroath cliffs, where the path was bordered by wild flowers.

Arbroath Cliffs

I had a quick visit to the Montrose tidal basin.

Montrose Basin

There was no way I was passing through Montrose without saying hello to Bamse, the WW2  Norwegian canine hero.

I had intended to drive straight to Aberdeen from Montrose but I noticed a sign for the Johnshaven Fish Festival and decided I should go to this event.  I just caught the tail end of the festival but was in time for a bit of Scottish music from the pipe band.  I also had another smoking from the mobile smoke house which had travelled up from Arbroath for the event.

I went to Kilau Cafe in Aberdeen, where I enjoyed a spicy spinach and mushroom soup and a goat’s cheese and apple salad while uploading photos and videos in their wifi.  I finally arrived at the Premier Inn Aberdeen Central West around 9pm.

Crathes Castle Garden, Aberdeenshire

I decided to take a circuitous route from Aberdeen to Elgin.  My first stop was in the village of Alfrod, around a 40 minute drive west of Aberdeen.  I went to the Alford Valley Railway station to take some photos and videos the the narrow gauge train.  I was given a personal tour around small exhibition telling the history of the railway by Ed Stannard, the station master.

Alford Valley Railway train

I thought that the carvings on the pink granite boulders just outside the railway station were lovely.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

Eagle and rabbit carvings in Alford

As I drove into the village of Lumsden my attention was drawn to a  large rusty construction at the road side, which I realised was part of  the Sculpture Walk when I saw the sign for the walk.

Lumsden Sculpture Walk

I parked the car and had a wander along the Sculpture Walk.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

A piece on the Sculpture Walk

There are lovely views from the Sculpture Walk and some Highland cows were feeding just behind the fence.  In fact I thought that their feed container would’ve been a possible addition to the Walk.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

Highland cows feeding close to the Lumsden Sculpture Walk

I had another unplanned stop at Craigellachie Bridge over the River Spey.  The pedestrianised four turreted bridge looked so majestic that I had to stop and take some photos.  The bridge was designed by Thomas Telford.  It opened in 1810 and carried traffic until the new bridge was constructed in the 1970s.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

The turreted Craigellachie Bridge (2 turrets at either end)

My third night was spent at the Premier Inn Elgin in Morayshire.  I had a wander around Elgin that evening, taking some photos of Elgin Cathedral.

Elgin Cathedral

Just across from the Cathedral is the very colourful Biblical Garden.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

Biblical Garden Elgin

Next morning I was heading south for my final night in Stirling in central Scotland.  The weather forecast for that day wasn’t very good but I did have some breaks in the rain.  My first port of call Grantown on Spey where I had a look around the museum.  The Bell Tower stands just outside the museum.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Blog Tour

Grantown on Spey bell tower

After a very wet drive down the A9, I managed  a walk around Loch Faskally in Pitlochry.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

The wooded path along Loch Faskally in Pitlochry, Perthshire

I was really swithering whether to stop in Perth or just head straight to my abode for the night, but it was such a lovely evening that I stopped for a short walk along the River Tay in Perth.

Europe a la Carte Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour

River Tay walkway Perth

I spent my final night at the Premier Inn Stirling.  The next morning the rain was so heavy that I decided to just head straight home.

You can see all my Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour photos and videos on Flickr

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels