Steve and I have visited Scotland several times since 1995, when I attended an International Piano Workshop in Glasgow. While he glories in links golf courses, I am drawn to historical sites and museums. We both enjoy meeting Scots, hearing their music and reveling in the cool climate. Some years we have concentrated on St. Andrews and the fabulous Festivals in Edinburgh. This year we began with five days in Ayr (48 photos here) with the Cooleys. Steve and Jim played five great courses and toured Culzean Castle and the Burns Cottage with Allene and me. She and I had a long walk along the River Doon and visited two museums in Glasgow. I invite you to view two albums of pictures from these museums: Kelvingrove and the Burrell Collection.
Next we drove north for a week in Dornoch, where Steve and Jim played in the Carnegie Shield tournament with cousin Jay and friend Stewart. Allene, Maxann, Anne and I had time to visit Dunrobin Castle and get to know some local people. Check out these photos and see Scotland in a new light. Three of us also had a two-day guided tour of the Orkney Islands, including the Ness of Brodgar. The final day we spent in Aberdeen. Ah, Scotland! We feel such kinship with you. We’re glad you voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.