Posts Tagged ‘scotland’

Postcard number: 040
Bought in: Kilmahog, Scotland
Sent to: Audrey in Malaysia
Written and sent: 25 April 2010

Front of postcard 040: Hamish the Highland Coo

Back of postcard 040: Hamish the Highland Coo

Text says:

25 April 2010, London UK

Dear Audrey,

Greetings from me and from Hamish, the hairy Highland ‘coo’ who you can see on the front of the postcard.  I actually met Hamish during our trip to the Scottish Highlands at the end of 2008, when our tour bus stopped off at Trossachs Woollen Mill in Kilmahog.  I was surprised by the size of Hamish – and particularly the size of his horns.  He seemed friendly enough and stood placidly as we took photos of him, but I was glad there was a fence between us!

On Christmas morning, we were at Loch Ness and some of the braver members of the tour group went for a mid-winter swim.  We didn’t see the legendary Loch Ness Monster, but our bus was held up by a flock of sheep who had wandered out onto the road.

Best wishes,


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Postcard number: 022
Bought in: Edinburgh, Scotland
Sent to: Nadia in Russia
Written: 9 March 2010
Sent: 10 March 2010

Front of postcard 022: Edinburgh, Scotland

Back of postcard 022: Edinburgh, Scotland

Text says:

9 March 2010, London UK

Dear Nadia,

This postcard shows Edinburgh Castle, shrouded in morning mist. In my experience, mist seems to be very common in Scotland – and not just in the morning. In fat, when we did a bus tour of the Scottish Highlands over the Christmas holidays in 2008, we missed out on seeing some of the the key sights because they were covered in mist. Because of the mist, for example, we could only vaguely make out the outline of a couple of the lochs – and we couldn’t see Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain at all despite being told we were right next to it! However we did get to see quite a few castles on our trip (Edinburgh, Stirling, Eileen Donan, Urquart, etc) and lots of hairy highland ‘coos’ (but not the Loch Ness Monster). We visited the Culloden battle fields, and tried eating haggis and, on Christmas day we participated in a Scottish ceilidh, dancing around the room until we were exhausted. Scotland’s an absolutely beautiful place, and so different from London. I hope that one day we can spend more time up there, amongst the lochs, the mist and the mountains.

Best wishes,

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