Our third day in the Highlands was another day of driving around, taking in the sights, and visiting historical sites. We also got to visit two distilleries!
Our first stop was Urquhart Castle. A beautiful castle site, with lots ruins, a great visitor's center, some cool recreations, including a great big trebuchet, and spectacular views!
Next on the itinerary was Eilandonan Castle. This military fort was built on a rock outcropping, which was totally surrounded by water during high tide, and later had a beautiful bridge built to it. The castle was used to protect the native Scots from Viking invasion!
While driving, Vanessa got to see a sight she'd been dreaming about forever, cool misty clouds draping the peaks of heather covered mountains:
And one other sight she'd wanted to see since learning about them, Highland Cattle:
I got to do something I'd wanted to try also! For lunch, we stopped at a great little cafe in the highlands called Fiddler's Cafe where I got to try Haggis! Granted, it was served with melted cheese, fried onions and a whiskey selection, but I liked it, a lot!
We also stopped by two distilleries, the Chivas distillery, which was terrific, and beautiful, and the Dalwhinnie distillery. At both distilleries, we got to tour the entire working operation, barley being ground, malt being brewed, the actual distillation, and at Chivas, we got to enter one of their aging warehouses. The smell of the griding was fantastic, but the smell of the warehouse, stuffed floor to ceiling with oak barrels of whiskey made me want to pull up a lawn chair and retire.
The next day was our last day of our honeymoon, and our entire trip. We drove back down to Edinburgh, flew to Dublin, wandered around a bit (bought some stuff, including a crystal tumbler set for me!), and then flew home. We had a fantastic time in Ireland, a wonderful wedding, and a relaxing and yet exhilarating time in Scotland. We're already planning on going back, again!