Sunday was our last full day in Scotland. After breakfast and short but poignant goodbyes, we loaded on the ferry and drove almost straight through to Edinburgh. We had just enough time to check out two other attractions.
The Falkirk Wheel
|Three shots of the Falkirk Wheel rotating to exchange boats from one canal to another.
The Falkirk Wheel is “an engineering marvel” built in 2003
to connect two large canals. It replaced 29 locks that had been decommissioned
decades ago. One rotation of the wheel
lifts a boat up from the small lake at the end of one canal to the aerial
portion at the end of the other canal. Quite cool to watch.
A few miles away, connected by paved paths alongside the lower canal are The Kelpies, metal sculptures of horseheads standing almost 90 feet high. One of the other wedding guests said he didn’t think The Kelpies were worth the short detour off the freeway. I completely disagree! They are really, really cool!
|We got lucky with the sun and clouds - made for beautiful pictures.
|A close up showing the metal structure of the sculpture.
The Kelpies visit made for a beautiful evening to end our tour of Scotland.
|The hotel had tiny eclairs waiting for us. Coffee creamer cup for scale.
|Cheers to you, Scotland!
Day 16 return
That wraps up a fantastic trip! My take-aways for our Scotland adventure: friendly people, easy to navigate, surprisingly good food (I had heard otherwise but never had a bad meal, even at the truck stop), beautiful rugged mountains covered by grass and moss, not very many people, interesting skies with always a pretty cloud to make for amazing photographs, rain of multiple types at all time of the day lasting from 5 minutes to 5 hours, OK mountain biking but not what we expected, game trails turned into hiking trails, quite affordable, and loads and loads of history on display. I am content to have visited by ancestors' homeland. Goodbye, Scotland!