lake menteith

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The best day was our tour of the Highlands. We booked with Hairy Coo tours and were driven about by Russell who had a fantastic accent and wore a kilt. Our bus was bright orange, named after the famous Highland cows, known as ‘hairy coos,’ which we got to stop and feed about halfway through the day. We went up to Stirling and drove by the castle before stopping at the Wallace monument. Then we drove further into the Highlands, crossing the border and going into the edge of the national parks. We stopped at a number of lochs and Russell told us stories of Scotland’s history and a ton of things about the clans and war for Scotland’s independence before its eventual joining with England. After some bagpipe versions of “Thunderstruck” and “We Will Rock You,” we stopped at Doune Castle which was used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail as well as Game of Thrones. Russell had some coconuts on the bus, but no one was interested in a reenactment…