The Real Scotland! I’m back in the Highlands again!

This is my vision of the true Scotland, the misty mountain, moor and glen of the Highlands. These were taken from the summit of the Ben Nevis range near Fort William, loved by hikers, mountain bikers and skiers, to the beautiful glens of Glencoe known for the infamous event where the Macdonalds invited the Campbell’s  for supper and the Campbells repaid  by murdering their hosts as they slept, including women and children. So life imitated art -as in the play about MacBeth’s ambitious treachery written in the 1600s!!

There is still a pub somewhere in the vicinity whose sign reads “Campbell’s are not welcome” over 350 years later!

At the moment the Scottish referendum is a resounding YES amongst highlanders and we shall soon see the historic outcome and ramifications. I am wishing the best for them on all fronts.

I also visited the beautiful island of Arran on the Firth of Clyde where Robert the Bruce is said to have encountered the spider (Try, try and try again) while hiding in one of the sea caves. It inspired him onward in his fight. Also the beautiful Machrie Moor with the standing stones and Fingal’s cauldron is there.

Castles and churches will follow in another post!  Travelling can be tiring and am not always able to get on line! I hope you enjoy my Scotland!

This will be my contribution to Leanne’s Monochrome Madness

Rosslyn Chapel

More Scotland

ancient hearts

Scotland’s got light

Rosslyn Chapel

More journeys including the Orkneys  are on my google blog Gateways and Journeys 

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  1. Just booked another trip over the pond. First to Germany and then on to Scotland to Findhorn near Forress, a great place where witches such as yours were rolled down the hill in barrels. My friend Leona has moved back to the Findhorn community and we’ll probably start our yearly journey from there. We may head to your favorite place..ala Ireland, as we are fast on the track of wells (as in Bridget’s) this time around. I’ve been told that the Water Spirits want to have their say. We will see. It will most likely include all the elements as there’s not much to say if you do them individually. Then again, one never knows when dealing with the Elemental Kingdom. Anyway, I’ll keep plugging along. Off now to write about the Hermitage near Dunkeld of Shakespeare fame (and home of 2 of our 3 timeshares). Later, I decided, “I will” write about the witches memorial and my experience there. It seems that people like witchy stuff!
    Anyway my dear…write on or as we also use to say..right on!
    In love and light, Cheri

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    1. yayy!! I will be looking forward to your posts! I wish I could go with you!! We might have to wait till next year again!
      PS I love Dunkeld! My grandfather grew up along the River Tay though Nan was a MacLeod of Hebrides. We’ve spent a lot of time in that area. I have not been to Findhorn.

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      1. You must go, you would love it. Let me know when you’re back in Scotland and we could scout out the Elementals together. C

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      2. that would be lovely!

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    2. PPS: you won’t be disappointed in Ireland!

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  2. My heart belongs to Scotland even though I’m a California girl. I’m there at least twice a year and travel sacred sites getting insight into the past. Yes, I love the Fairy Glen on Skye and am working on a Passage from the Hermitage near Dunkeld at the moment. I’m tempted to start doing a few “channelings” from the sites of the witch burnings…starting with the one I wrote about before. A broken arm does make one take notice. Just wanted to say that Scotland is my heart and I weeps each time I leave. Back again in October if the fates allow, a journey of stones and portals and Nature Spirits alive with information we all need. Thanks again, Cheri

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    1. I will be following your journeys. I was born in Dublin but my mother is from Scotland. I’ve spent a lot of time in both places but wish I could go twice a year too!! Lucky lady! Your heritage must be Scottish as well.

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      1. Actually not. I’m 3 parts Norwegian and one part Welch..of the Morgan tribe..me claiming Morgana of Arthur fame as family, of course. It’s the starkness of the hills, the heather when it blooms purple in the fall, the green of the glens, the stones that fist called me years ago that bring me back. Luckily I have convinced my husband of this and we have bought 3 times shares there. We travel each summer together and then another time I journey with a wild woman friend to the sacred sites to conjure up some passages for my books. Scotland is in the blood they say..and if one can hear the pipes and they are moved then even if you have one drop of Scottish blood ..you are Scotts. Of course the pipes make me cry. The older i get the more I find Nature and her call is what sustains me. A total hippy at heart, I actually thought I’d gotten over that in the 60’s. If you want to be truly moved please go on line and listen to Steve McDonalds music. It’s magical.

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      2. yes, of course!! btw my dna shows a percentage of Scandinavian too, not surprising as the Vikings were all over Scotland. A time share sounds interesting! I will also check out Steve McDonald. I like to include Celtic pieces in my posts! As for ancestral claims, I like to think it’s Grania O’Malley on the Irish side lol!! You definitely have a celtic soul!! About me has a tiny bit of my own history.

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  3. I went to Scotland as a little girl of 6. I remember the heather and the mist on the hills. I’d love to see it again.

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    1. Oh I hope you can!!

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  4. Ross Duncan says:

    That’s beautiful.. I’m planning my visit now

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    1. yes, I hope you visit there soon!! thanks Ross!

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  5. Great photos as always!
    How I envy your knowledge. As I was going through school I hated history the most because at the time I just wasn’t interested in it. Now that I am, I don’t have the time to learn as much as I wish I could. But, trying to retain all of that would be difficult as well. I hope to visit there someday!

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  6. aishasoasis says:

    Oh, Cybele! These photos are sooo beautiful, I love the first one and the last one best (lol, and every one in between!) have fun, get some rest and stay safe! My great grandma MacPherson lived up there somewhere, ive my regards to the great folks of Scotland! ❤❤❤;^)

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  7. Fabulous pictures, Cybele. I just love shaggy highland cattle.

    And for all the Scottish blood in my veins, none of it is Campbell.

    The Scots are still fighting each other! I have a friend in one of the Scottish isles who voted differently from her husband in the referendum. I haven’t dared inquire whether they’re talking to each other today, after the results!

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  8. Indeed, beautiful place. Amazing photos Cybele.

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    1. thank you Della!! It is!!

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  9. Wonderful shots – you’ve captured the diversity of landscapes – looking forward to seeing more 🙂

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    1. I tried Lisa!! 😀 they just call to you!!! Thank you!

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  10. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful images, as usual!

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    1. thank you for coming by Maria!!

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  11. Mark Simms says:

    Beautiful images Cyb

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  12. Absolutely spot on Cybele 🙂

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Sarah!!

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  13. Aquileana says:

    Remarkable photos, dear Cybele. Toast to Scotland … And to you!.
    Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Aquileana 😀

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  14. Aquileana says:

    Remarkable photos, dear Cybele. Toast to Scotland … And to you!.
    Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Aquielana 😀

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    1. many thanks for your visit!!

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  15. Arl's World says:

    What a beautiful place …great photos!

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    1. it is breathtaking!! thank you!!

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  16. lauramacky says:

    How beautiful!!!

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    1. it truly is, thanks Laura!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        You’re welcome! My hubby wants to to Scotland. He is of Scottish decent.

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      2. oh I hope you can go!!!

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  17. Scotland surely must be synonymous with with Elysium. Such an expansive, free spirit feeling in these magical photos, Cybele.

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    1. I love your sentiments on this!! Elysium it is- or fairy land!!

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  18. Mélanie says:

    excellent post and awesome pix, like usually… ❤ ah, quelle nostalgie… I often miss Scotland and its "pure/single malt", too… 😉 cheers! 🙂

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    1. ah yes, to keep out the cold!!! 😀 Thanks Melanie!

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous, Cybele. Just as I dreamed it from childhood! I have Burns and Wallace in my family line and I’m gearing up the nerve to begin my Scottish and Irish genealogy! Dare I say I’ve seen references to a sept clan of Campbell. Perhaps I should keep quiet until it’s proven or disproven! Oh, my! 😀

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    1. oh you are special!!!Robbie? or William!!? 😀 As for the time of the Glencoe massacre the English played one against the other I fear in this case. A sad tale!! Genealogy can be fun-like detective work!! There will be both triumph and tragedy, fortune and misfortune as in my story of “a canticle for meg!!” we are both Scots and Irish too!! Have you visited either place yet?

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      1. Family lore has both as relatives and they may be somewhere. I think Robbie may be through an umpteen great uncle rather than a direct line. Not sure yet about William! Time will tell as the hunt continues! 😆

        I have always dreamed of visiting Scotland, Ireland and England and though I don’t actually see it in my future, I am still breathing and the dream lives! 😉

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  20. JF says:

    Wonderful post and photos!

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    1. thank you so much for your visit and comment!!

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  21. benrowef64 says:

    Scotland is a beautiful country no matter what your politics are.

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    1. Agreed and thanks Ben!!

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  22. Ann says:

    Superb photos! Now where’s my 48th Highlanders CD?!

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  23. Suzanne says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos Cybele. The mountain on the bottom left and the standing stones are my absolute favourites but they are all magical.

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    1. thank you Suzanne!!! your comment means a lot to me!

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  24. Keep traveling…stay tired. The beauty is so worth it.

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    1. I’m trying Robert!! Thanks!

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  25. kazg10 says:

    Love your photos, you have caught the essence of Scotland. So enjoyed your shots, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. so glad you think so Kaz!!! thanks!

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  26. Leanne Cole says:

    I love the photos Cybele, they are great, I really want to go to Scotland one day and travel around with my camera. I have to say it is probably the place I want to go to most in the world.

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    1. Scotland and Ireland are favourites to me! But I like to go to Italy and other places when I can! I have relatives in both places and Italy! You won’t be disappointed if you can get here Leanne!! Thank you for your comment!!

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  27. Gorgeous Cybele! You’ve travelled more of Scotland that I have and I’m a much shorter distance away 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Andrea!!

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  28. sixpixx says:

    Oh, wow! I love the misty landscape shots… So serene.

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    1. thank you six!!!! It is mysterious too!!:D

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  29. Peter Nena says:

    Poetic captures. I love the misty mountains and the fairy glen.

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    1. Me too!! Thanks so much for your visit Peter!!

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