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Exploring a hidden gem

We drove deep into the glen along a single lane track. Heading back to the main road, the scenery seemed to get even more spectacular.


There has been a place of worship in Glen Prosen for 400 years. The current church was built in 1802. As we left the glen, the scenery was breathtaking. Reg thought he might be happy here if he could live in this house.



We discovered the beauty of the Scottish glens years ago when our friends Barbara and Malcolm took our family to Glen Clova for the day. Our boys were young and Malcolm taught them how to roll downhill the heather-covered hillside. It made for some great video!

During our last visit, Reg and I explored Glen Esk and loved what we found; very different scenery from Glen Clova.

We had a day to ourselves and headed north to explore another of the Angus Glens – Glen Prosen.


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Back at sea level

We faced another wet day as we started our week-long trek towards Inverness along the Great Glen Way.

We said good-bye to Fort William Sunday morning as we continued on our trek through Scotland. We also said good-bye to some familiar faces. We've (proudly) been keeping pace with a group of college kids for the last few days. Sometimes passing them on the trail, but more often getting passed up by the foursome. Yesterday, they reached Fort William just before us and are now heading their separate ways.

A chance meeting at breakfast Sunday reunited us with Heather, our roommate from several days ago. She also has ongoing European travel plans before heading back to school for a graduate degree. It's exciting to hear what these young people are doing…things that we never would have considered when in our twenties. All are really nice kids who didn't seem to mind talking with us old folks!

So we wished them all well and set off on the next leg of our adventure, The Great Glen Way, along the Caledonian Canal towards Inverness. The waterway creates a shortcut for vessels, linking the east and west coasts of Scotland. Today we saw a parade of fishing vessels cruising through, as well as several pleasure boats. The rain eventually tapered off as we enjoyed a change of scenery and a very flat pathway.


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If You Are in the Neighborhood: Glens of Scotland

A series of posts from our travels.

Ah, Scotland! Indeed, it is a magical place in so many ways.

After a year living there and two return trips, Scotland has a special place in our hearts. We are drawn by great friends as well as the good times and many laughs we always share with them. Another attraction, as Sue likes to say, is you never know what surprise awaits around the next corner.

Our friends Malcolm and Barbara, who live in Dundee, took us on a wonderful hill walk from Glen Clova when we first moved to Scotland. Malcolm showed our three sons to roll down the hill in the heather.

The glens, or valleys, of Scotland hold unique opportunities for walking and picnics. Two of our favorites are Glen Clova and Glen Esk, both a short drive north from Dundee. They are easy to access, but are on roads less traveled (especially Glen Esk).

Just pack your picnic (we like sandwiches made from “bap” rolls that we buy at Tesco) and the trails from the parking areas will lead you on adventures. Hike for an hour, or for days if you choose.


Up the hill to a loch, along a riverside or lochside path. At Glen Esk, we stumbled upon a small tower castle (Invermark) on our way to Loch Lee.

Water cascades down a hill at Glen Esk.

As we drove to and from the glens, we treasured the detours. At Glen Esk, The Retreat near Tarfside offered tea and scones that were alone worth the drive. And, we had to visit Edzel Castle just down the road.

Along the narrow, winding roads of Scotland, we often found ourselves pulling over to take in the view. Or, to take a short walk along a wee brook.

We eagerly await our next chance to experience Scotland's magic!


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