First off everyone needs to get themselves or know someone who has an Irish terrier, then second fly over to Scotland and have them pose perfectly in front of gorgeous old ruins. Burberry should use rugged Scottish models posing with Irish terriers in their ads because you know they make everything gorgeous. The above photo is probably my most favourite out of the bunch. Well timed Dad and Dougal, bravo.
After this post goes live I’m pretty sure I’m going to get an email from the Dad’s saying, “told you so” and yes I know that jacket and red plaid scarf looks good on you.
I’ve mentioned the fact that Scotland really only gets technically 7 hours of daylight during the winter, let’s say five functional photography hours. It can be hard to go visit things when the sun sets at 4:00 in the afternoon, but it makes the lighting dreamy. Everything has a nice glow because the sun isn’t casting harsh shadows and light everywhere. It’s like taking photos roughly at the golden hour for most of the day. Combine the fact that I actually had nice weather minus some wind chill at night made it a really good time to travel .. this time. Last time it was snowy and rainy, not so pleasant. I say this because the above two photos were taken between 9-10am, roughly versus the rest of the photos during mid day. They look like they were taken at dusk.
What’s the first thing to come to your mind when I say castle? Probably something along the lines of a gothic style keeps with parapets and towers. Thanks to Disney and other fairy tell stories, we forget that castles came in different shapes and for a longest time they were built as fortifications not decoration. Craigmiller castle is a tower house keep, a square stone building with fortification walls surrounding it. Tantallon was the last curtain wall castle to be built in Scotland, essentially a U shape building at the edge of a cliff. The rooms were built into defensive wall protecting the kitchen, great hall, and most likely the stables.
It was absolutely stunning.
Vibrant green fields, red sandstone, and grey-blue ocean against a backdrop of a gorgeous blue winter day; it can’t get much better than that. I think I was so caught up with the location and rugged beauty of the place that I didn’t take many photos of the castle itself. Problem is when you combine sandstone with ocean spray you get a ruined ruin (ha). You can bring your Irish terrier along and convince him to walk up and down narrow stairs that most people have to contemplate.
Overall it was a fantastic trip – I relaxed with family, got addicted to rosemary salt crisps which I cannot find here (hint hint), visited a few castles and explored Scotland outside of Edinburgh city. I would do it again.
Thank you Dad, Bob and Dougal!