After the
2000 Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette

After the Jamborette...

After the Jamborette, each Scout heads off for a few days of home visitation with the family of one of the Scottish Scouts in his patrol. In 2000, one of the patrols was from the Moray area - the area around and north of Aberdeen - while the other patrol was from Forth Valley, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. They all had a terrific time with their families, and a heartfelt "thank you" is due to each of them.  

Meanwhile, we leaders helped take down the camp, then had a reception at the Castle and a dinner and Ceilidh. After that, we could take advantage of home visitation as well, or do anything else we wanted. Ed and Tony chose the home visitation option - Ed to Glasgow, and Tony to Belfast in Northern Ireland - and Mark and I rented a car and toured.  The pictures below are from our tour. 

From Blair Atholl, we headed east through Glen Shee toward Aberdeen. 

At right, a sheep in Glen Shee

Slain's Castle, at right, was a surprise find - there's no sign, just a parking lot and a worn trail leading to the ruins of the castle. Sitting on spectacular bluffs overlooking the North Sea, Slain's Castle is where Bram Stoker was inspired to write Dracula.  The Earl of Erroll set up an artists' and writers' colony in the castle, spending his fortune in the process, so that the castle had to be sold. The new owners let it fall into disrepair, and in the 1920's the roof and floors were stripped out, leaving only the ruin we see today. 
At left, a Highland Cow (pronounced, "Hielan' Coo") near the Glenfiddich Distillery

Loch Linnhe at Fort William on the west coast of Scotland.

Tobermory, Capital of the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. One of the few places in Scotland where the buildings were painted in bright colors. 
Duart Castle, Isle of Mull - Lord MacLean of Duart Castle was the Chief Scout of the UK from 1959 through 1971, and there is a small exhibit on Scouting on the top floor of the castle. 

A sailboat in the Sound of Mull, taken from the Mull-Oban ferry.

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