Elgin & Grampian Mountains
The ferry will be going in five days! So we had to go south a little
bit faster than before. First of the day we visited the Sveno's Stone
next Forres. This myserious Celtic stele shows an impressive relief
telling the story of an ancient war or fight. But up to today the experts
do not know the historic background and who are the fighters carved in
Then we drove to Elgin. There Simone urgently wanted to see the ruins
of the first and one of the greatest Scottish cathedral. The cathedral
was closed for lunchtime and so we ate something at a cafe on the
marketplace before we climbed the remains of the main portal. On the top
of one of the towers we enjoyed the bird view to the picturesque ruins of the
cathedral and later we tried to decipher the inscriptions of the
tombstones at the very old cemetery. We found a lot of tombstones shaped
like a table with engraved skull and crossbones from the begin of the
Continuing our travel south we crossed the Grampian Mountains. This was one
of the most beautiful part of our whole journey. The giant mountains
covered in heather are very impressive although the heater was only starting
to blossom. We passed some famous Whiskey distilleries and the ski lifts
gave an idea of long cold windy winters. Especially the
isolated Corgarff Castle with its walls like a regular star looks fine
from one of its surrounding hills. Our original destination, Balmoral Castle
(the castle of the Queen) was closed and we only
could inspect Braemar Castle from the outside, too.
So we turned and drove along the river Dee to the eastern coast.
Although the rest of the way to Stonehaven needed a lot of time the
landscape with its rolling hills was nice despite the influence of agriculture.
The campsite in Stonehaven was completely overcrowded (it needed a lot
of discussions to get the permission to pitch our tent there) and we longing
remembered to the wonderful campgrounds of the western isles.