News from 08/08/2021
by Helmi Tiesler-Venter
Hans Jürgen Wihr, who was born in Neuwied, describes his travel book on the magical places of an exciting country as a way-finder for shores surrounded by wild landscapes, surf, castles, gardens or parks. All tourist places or places of interest (POIs) can be reached on regular roads.
Deardorf / Oppenheim. The tour of Edinburgh described in Volume III along the North Sea coast and through the Grampian Mountains can be completed in three to four weeks by car. the journey begins Band II Finished – at Duncansby Head.
After the rough North Sea coast near Elgin with miles of beaches, the Grampian Mountains – the green heart of Scotland – enchant with densely forested hills, imaginative castles, charming towns and mysterious lakes. On the way the landscape changes from barren to beautiful. The ruins of the castle in the far north are also rugged and dangerous. Britain’s best-preserved Neolithic stone burial chamber, the Gray Cairns of Camster, is open to entry. Unlike the archaic burial chambers, Dunrobin Castle is home to the northernmost and largest of the northern highlights. You can experience light and water sports at the Dornoch Firth, Falls of Rosie and the monstrous Loch Ness. This famous body of water is the second largest lake in Scotland after Loch Lomond and fills a glacial gully. On its edge is the massive and strategically located Urquhart Castle.
Nearby Inverness is the northernmost city in Great Britain with approximately 50,000 inhabitants. In the 11th century, King Macbeth, made famous by Skakespear, lived at Inverness Castle. The Battle of Culloden, which bloody ended Scotland’s independence from the English crown, took place nearby.
Along the Malt Whiskey Trails you can visit the Malt House, Collaboration, Blender and Distillery in Sprayside. Even in the small town of Elgin, which is battered by history. Further south are the Forchbars Castle Grounds, the Gray House of Portsee and the port city of Aberdeen, the impressive ruins of Dunnottar Castle and the legendary Glamis Castle, still inhabited today by the 18th Earl of Strathmore.
The prestigious University of St Andrews achieved worldwide fame through Prince William and Catherine, who studied art history and geography here at the same time. The ruins of St Andrew’s Cathedral and St Rule’s Church testify to its former importance. St Andrews’ coastline seems endless, but the wild Grampians are popular as winter sports and hiking areas. and the venue for the Highland Games.
The Queen’s summer residence, Balmoral Castle, is not accessible during the Queen’s presence. But in the hinterland, Loch Muik is a destination for explorers. The Highland Games take place in Bremer in September. You can also visit Bremer Castle and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. The road continues south through Glen Clooney to the Victorian-style tourist town of Pitlochery and the town of Aberfeldy. A dream road on the south coast along Loch Tai, the Scottish Cranogh Center and Queen’s View Brewer Falls are as worth visiting as Blair Castle with its contemplative castle gardens or Dalwiny with its famous whiskey distillery. In Loch Morlich you’ll find wide sandy beaches and hiking trails, and you’ll have a great view from Loch Avon.
The Scottish capital Edinburgh, with its airport, is the start and end point of many journeys and is a historical and structural feature not to be missed, even though the second largest Scottish city does not actually belong to the Highlands. The author’s 95 large format photographs speak eloquent language. Overall, the illustrated travel book paints a vivid picture of Scotland and will make you want to go on an exploration tour.
The book was published by Neunreich Osmus Verlag, ISBN 978-3-96176-114-6. (htv)
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