Day 3: Sterling, Loch Katrine
This time the whole group stayed together for an excursion ably led by Jean, who gave a commentary on the journey, interpreted by Myriam. Our first destination was Stirling, a town made famous in the 13th century when William Wallace led the Scots to victory against the English at the Battle of Stirling. We had a quick photo stop at the castle before stopping in the town for a short look around.
From Stirling it was a short drive to Loch Katrine, where a boat trip had been organised on the steamship Sir Walter Scott. It was blowing a bit and that sent a few members of the party scuttling down below for a tea or coffee laced with a wee dram.
The return journey to Perth took us through some spectacular Scottish scenery. The evening was spent in a restaurant The Bothy, where we enjoyed a meal with Jean, Hella and Günther.
A view of Stirling taken through the coach window
The Wallace Monument from the castle
Statue of William Wallace in the castle
... and Robert Burns in the town
The steamship Sir Walter Scott has been plying Loch Katrine since 1900
The ship’s commemorative plaque
Embarkation and full steam
On the way. The clouds did not bode well ...
... Nevertheless, some of the group were enjoying the trip.
Jean, Werner and Dagna well supplied with ‘medicine’ against the chilly wind
Ottmar with his wife Katrin in the background
Katrin, the intrepid organiser of the Freundeskreis, and Dagna
The lifebelts are there if we were to need them!
Approaching our destination
On the way back to the home port. Beautiful day: the rain clouds had disappeared and the wind had abated.
On the way back to Perth: Loch Venachar. The rain clouds were still lingering in the East.
A few quick photo stops on the way.
Hamish, the highland bull
Back in Perth
An evening in The Bothy with Günther, Jean, Hella and George