A day out at Doune Castle with a couple of friends.
A place probably best known through its association with the Monty Python's 'Holy Grail' film. Almost all of the castle scenes were filmed here.
The current building can be traced back to the late 1300s, built by Robert Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Earl of Menteith and Fife.
Most castles have been developed and expanded over the centuries by succeeding owners, but Doune is unusual in that what is here was planned and built in one single episode.
It did see military action during the 17th & 18th century, however by 1800 it was in ruin. Restoration was started in the late 1800s by George Stuart, 14th Earl of Moray.
It is located close to the junction of the river Teith and the Ardoch Burn. The woodlands around the castle are worth a walk around, especially to where the burn flows into the Teith.
Well worth a visit should you be in this part of Scotland.
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Royalty Free, incompetech.com/
Canon in D major
A walk up the Grey Mare's Tail. Moffat, southern Scotland.
It's a shame so few people are aware of this place.
A steep climb at the start, heading up beside the waterfalls, then a flat (but very boggy) walk to the loch.
Then (not done on this trip, but for next time) the option to walk the hills around the loch.
Allow a full day, sensible walking / hiking (waterproof) footwear required.