September 17th, 1999 – by: euphemy
storm is near
We arrived in Aberdeen to our hotel at the Thistle. We then did the optional excursion of a pre-dinner visit to a castle then a pub. We all know what that means! I'll be tipsy for dinner Again! We were taken to DUNNOTTAR CASTLE in STONEHAVEN. We only saw the outside of it since the entrance was locked.
When we walked down the path I was blown away at the sight of this ruined castle in the distance! At first I saw the outline, and then the closer I got I saw that it stood on an isthmus with the North Sea surrounding 3 sides. I just thought it was so dramatic. I stood there in awe with the wind blowing in my face just enjoying the moment!. Suzi and a couple other people went to the entrance and got pictures from different viewpoints.
This was from the beginning of the path. It literally took my breath away!
I took a whole roll of pictures at this special place. We took pictures of each other taking pictures, if this makes sense. It seemed there were hundreds of sheep on the hillsides. While Michael was telling us about the castle, I noticed dark storm clouds moving in above.
It quickly started raining as we headed back to the bus and went to THE OLD BRIDGE INN, also in Stonehaven. Upon getting off the bus here we were treated to beautiful double RAINBOWS over the fishing port harbor! I'm not used to seeing rainbows very often let alone a double one. We were allowed 2 drinks which consisted of the usual 2 pints of cider. I was starting to love this stuff! Inside, there was a blond female named Julie playing the bagpipes for our group. She was really good. We were goofing off taking pictures and Michael asked us if we wanted any "crisps" and it took me a few moments until I realized he was talking about potato chips. Stupid me. We went back to the hotel after the excursion for dinner. Still feeling the effects of the cider, I called my friend back home in which she could tell I was having a pretty good time. Anyways another fun night was had by us and I couldn't wait until tomorrow.