The trip to Inverewe was brief, but special. I visit these gardens regularly, but this was the 50th anniversary of this property coming into the care of The National Trust for Scotland and a 'son et lumiere' had been organised to celebrate this (photographs 1 - 2).
In June, I spent four days based in Edinburgh visiting various places in the city and surrounding areas. Some of the places visited are shown in the pictures below (photographs 3 - 6).
|Dusk begins to fall at Inverewe.|
|Skillful lighting causes a tree in full leaf to sparkle.|
|Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, founded in 1670 and on its present site since 1820. Just a small corner of the beauties here.|
|Newhailes, near Musselburgh, itself close to Edinburgh. This Palladian mansion house was designed and built by the architect James Smith in 1686 as 'Whitehill', but was sold by him in 1707 to the Dalrymple family who re-named it as 'Newhailes', in whose ownership it remained until 1997 when it came into the care of The National Trust for Scotland. Once a centre of the Scottish Enlightenment.|
|Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Extensive exhibits show how the Earth is believed to have developed over billions of years and how it may change in the future.|
|Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse, near Cupar (Fife). The house was rebuilt in 1906 by Sir Robert Lorimer for a Dundee indistrialist, F B Sharp. Although larger than most private houses, this mansion is on a human scale and contains a fine collection of furniture assembled by Mr Sharp. Now in the care of The National Trust for Scotland.|