|(Notice the quince growing up the left side of the front door at Hill Top Farm)|
After the Lake District we headed toward York. Mike had done some reading and wanted to see York Minster, an ancient and beautiful cathedral. We had a wonderful tour guide who obviously loved what he was doing. For an hour and a half, he kept us spellbound as he recited historical background and pointed out so many unique features. I'm not much for taking formal tours. I usually prefer to read about and then poke around a place on my own, but I can highly recommend taking the tour at York Minster.
|(photo by Mike MacDonald)|
|(Carved stone and stained glass windows) photo by Mike MacDonald|
Then back to Edinburgh for one last night and day before catching our plane back to Dublin. We spent most of that last day day by driving to Stirling and touring Stirling Castle. We found Stirling to be beautiful and it's on our list to return to some day with more time to explore.
|(The rainy view from Stirling Castle)|
|(The inner courtyard at Stirling Castle) photo by Mike MacDonald|
|(on Nicola's lane)|
|(Those fabulous Zwartbles) photo by Mike MacDonald|
|(Wouldn't everyone love to have a sweet little Irish cottage like this) photo by Nicola Brown|
|(And this photo? Because you can't go to Scotland without admiring the kilts!)|