The last half of our Scotland trip was spent on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. On our way over from Edinburgh, however, we decided to stop at Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle was a lot of fun and had some really interesting history of its own. Most of the current castle buildings date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and were developed by the Stewart kings, James IV, V, and VI. Also, Mary Queen of Scots was brought up and crowned here.
We ended up staying on the south side of Loch Lomond in a B&B, but because the loch is only 24 miles long, we were able to drive almost all the way around it (until we ran out of road). As we were driving, we passed through the village of Luss and wished we had stayed there because it was such a cute town! There were so many holiday villas right on the loch. It was pretty empty when we visited, but it was New Year’s Eve and most shops and restaurants were closed.
It was kind of a rainy day on Loch Lomond and after exploring all along the coast, we decided it was time for an indoor activity. So we went to Glengoyne Distillery and did a whisky tasting! It was nice to get out of the rain for a while and the whisky was good. We are probably not the best judges of good whisky, since neither of us really drink it, but it seemed sweeter than usual.
Update: We just put an offer on an apartment and it was accepted! We’re so glad to be getting out of the serviced apartment we’re in and into a space of our own. The apartment we are getting was actually the show apartment for the complex, so it’s completely furnished and decorated really well!