Our first stop was at Penrith, where I used to live. A few mikes to the south of the town, we visited Lowther Castle. This monstrous Victorian pile has been a roofless shell for many decades, though a start has recently been made in restoring the gardens.
The chapel is some distance away, and has some fine tombs of the Lowther family
The Lowthers were a dominant political force in the Lake District and beyond for many centuries, sometimes controlling as many as nine M.P.s. To this day, the Conservative colours in the area are yellow,because this was the Lowther colour.
In St. Andrew's churchyard in Penrith is the so-called "Giant's grave"
It is actually some Viking-era hogbacks between two battered Celtic crosses
The next day we drove up to Pitlochry for two nights, and spent a day exploring around
We then drove to the western end of Loch Tummel and a few miles south to the eastern end of Loch Tay
A shorth distance down the Tay we found Menzies castle.
This was built in the 16th century, replacing an earlier castle. Clan Menzies seems to have been Noerman in origin. Because the clan supported the government during the Jacobite revolts, their home escaped destruction.
We continued north the next day. Because were were in good time, we diverted through Grantown-on-Spey to Nairn, where a cold northerly gale was driving the breakers onto a deserted beach.
The rocky headland in the distance is the Black Isle. Inverness is out of sight round to the left.
The wedding was held at Achnagairn castle, a Victorian mansion in "Scottish Baronial" style, a few miles west of Inverness.
Here is the happy couple; Ayesha and Andrew. We wish them well.