When we were planning our visit to Scotland, we knew we were going to Edinburgh. But that was it. We’d have parts of a couple of days to consider driving north into the country, possibly visit the Highlands, or maybe spend some time in the Borders region near England. I knew if at all possible I wanted to visit at least one castle, other than Edinburgh Castle. And after looking at pictures of castles throughout the country, I knew I found the one in Caerlaverock Castle.
Just off A85 in the shadows of the modest peak of Ben Cruachan in Scotland is a hidden jewel of a castle. It’s a dot on an atlas, a prominent enough destination to actually be listed on a road atlas of Great Britain. But while the little dot of Kilchurn Castle technically exists on a map, it remains a hidden mystery beyond the trees and on the banks of Loch Awe. Kilchurn Castle brings the magic of the Scotland Highlands to life, if only you know where to look.
One of the great things with any trip for me is weeks, months and years later still recalling the sights, smells and sounds of those experiences. It’s even more enjoyable to witness the recollections of a child as he looks through photos of that trip. I was happy to let Colby, our now 6-year-old son, stay up a bit late last night as we looked through the photos on my phone from our May trip to Europe.
Colby looked at these soldiers at The Tower of London and asked if this is what soldiers do. Maybe he forgot what we saw later in the trip at the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy.