We loaded up the doggies, bundled ourselves up and enjoyed an absolutely beautiful 7.5 mile walk through the beautiful Scottish countryside. It was cold (probably around freezing or a degree or two above all day) but the sun was in full force (for winter) and there was no wind. Perfection for a late fall/early winter Scottish day!
|Angus and Bailey are BFFs|
|One of Seven Bridges|
The walk had an optional out and back detour to Knock Castle. Of course we took it because we never pass up a chance to see a random castle ruin in someones back yard :-) Knock Castle is a tower-house which was typical home for Laird (owner of an estate). This one was built in the late 16th century and like many others built during that time it was small in scale and simply planned but had four floors that were connected by a spiral staircase. This one was owned by the Gordons.
|Angus loves castles|
We then walked through an estate complete with Highland coos, a river, a cottage, rolling hills, and snow capped mountains in the distance. I'm starting to wonder if this was all a dream myself but then I have the pictures to prove I was actually there :-)
|A baby coo|
|Snow in the distance|
We then finished up along the beautiful River Dee and through the town of Ballater. It was truly a wonderful day and I'm glad we had a backup plan and took advantage of the perfect (late fall/winter) day!
And the true sign of a successful hike/day is two very tired puppies.