Kenmore & castle ruins – my Scotland trip comes to an end

Loch Tay

Loch Tay

Here we are, at the end of my Scotland trip. On the final afternoon, we explored Kenmore on Loch Tay and the ruins of Finlarig Castle in Killin.

After exploring Killin and Loch Tay in the morning, we decided to go to the other end of Loch Tay in the afternoon to see the replica crannog. 

Crannog, Loch Tay

It looks beautiful, and it must have been stunning to live in a house over the loch. 

The Kenmore Hotel

Taymouth Castle

After having a nose around it, we didn’t go in it or on the tour around it, we decided to head into the town of Kenmore. We stumbled across a huge, slightly eerie looking, gate and decided we had to see if there was a castle beyond the gate. (The gate reminds me of something off Oblivious, or Skyrim.) 

We were expecting to find ruins of a castle, but what we found was a school, some houses, a park, and a golf course. We followed the road for what felt like a ridiculously long time (it wasn’t really a super long time, but I was eager for a castle and was getting impatient) before being brought to a halt by the sound of rummaging in the trees. 

We looked up, and there amongst all of the greenery, we spotted a flash of orange; a red squirrel. Having never seen a red squirrel before, let alone in the wild, we quietly switched to our longer lenses and waited. 

Baby red squirrel, Scotland

A baby squirrel peeped out from behind a tree for just long enough for us to get a couple of photos. We stood around for about half an hour trying to get another good glimpse of him (or her!) but we were no match for a speedy squirrel. 

Grey squirrels are really common in the UK, so it amuses me that I was so excited to see a red one; it’s just a change of colour, right? I think they’re both beautiful creatures, but it was special to see a red squirrel in it’s natural habitat. 

Tom got bored watching us wait for the squirrel and went for a wonder and came across a deserted old house. It was quite eerie, and felt like the start of a horror film. It looked so beautiful from the outside, and I couldn’t help but wonder how nice it must have been to live in a house in such a wonderful setting. 

Getting eager for pizza, we gave up on finding Taymouth Castle, and head back to the car. When I got home I googled it, and I wish we’d pressed on a little further. Look at how amazing it looks

We headed back into Killin to collect our pizza, and spotted signs for Finlarig Castle and decided to have a look. There was a pretty eerie sign up saying enter at your own risk, which made me even more excited to discover the castle. 

Finlarig Castle, Killin

Gravestones at Finlarig Castle, Killin

Finlarig Castle, Killin

Finlarig Castle, Killin

Finlarig Castle

There wasn’t a whole lot left of the castle at all. We were a bit naughty and climbed up some walls and onto the second floor where we found one room that was fairly intact, apart from lacking a roof entirely. 

I’ve visited so many castles, some of them ruins, but this one really had an eerie feel to it. Maybe it was the gravestones. Maybe it it was the trees around it. I don’t know, there’s just something dark feeling about it. It was definitely a different castle experience for me though. 

That’s it! That’s the end of my Scotland posts (though I think I will do a roundup in the next couple of weeks) and I miss it so much after writing this final post. It’s such a beautiful part of the world, and I highly recommend you visit if you ever have a chance. You won’t regret it. 

Have you ever been to Scotland? 

 

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  • Oh wow. Seeing a red squirrel must have been an amazing experience! I had to double take and read that paragraph twice because I just couldn’t believe my eyes!
    It looks absolutely stunning. I would love to wake up to views like that every morning. Life would seem that extra bit sweeter!
    Bee | QueenBeady.com xxx

    • It was really special. We spotted a few but they were so fast that all you saw was a red bushy tail moving around in the bushes.

  • Wonderful photos! That red squirrel was adorable, it must have been brilliant to see. That duck also looked very regal. What a beautiful place.

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  • These photos are so beautiful! Love them x

    • Thanks Alice, it really helps that it’s such a beautiful place. It’s almost impossible to take a ‘bad’ photo because everything is so gorgeous and photogenic.

  • I am so glad that you had such an amazing trip. Beautiful pics.

    • Thanks Llinos. It was a wonderful trip, and I wish I could go back right now.

  • Sarah Albertson

    These are such lovely photos! I really want to visit Scotland one day. Oh and seeing a red squirrel in person is also one of my goals, haha!

    • Thanks Sarah, I hope you get to go one day. It’s the most beautiful country I’ve ever been to.

      There were plenty of red squirrels hiding in the bushes, they’re so speedy though.

  • Your pictures are gorgeous! I’ve never seen a red squirrel before either. Your photo of it is beautiful. Scotland is a place I really need to visit.

    • Thanks, Charlotte. It’s such a beautiful country, by far the most scenic place I’ve ever visited. I hope you go one day, it’s well worth the trip.

  • Squirrels use to amaze me all the time back in England, but my garden is filled with them – red, grey and black ones. It’s crazy. Love a good wander around a nice old castle ruin – lovely setting too.

    • Really? Black squirrels? What is this magical new coloured squirrel I’ve never heard of?!

      • You can actually find black squirrels in the UK – typically in the south. I think there’s a town in Cambridgeshire that is predominately all black squirrels. Over here they tend to be found in Midwest and Eastern USA and Ontario Canada.

        • I googled it. My mind is blown. How have I got to 22 having never heard of a black squirrel.

  • danniella josephine

    What lovely pictures 🙂 I think you have really captured the essence of the place 🙂

    Dannie x

    • Thanks, Dannie. It’s so pretty up there, it’s near impossible to take a ‘bad’ photo.

  • Beautiful photos! I’m glad you had an nice time. Whenever I look at photos from trips I get so sad because I start missing the place like crazy!

    Jessica
    Pyreflies.org

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