Stepping into the impressive gardens all around Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, an impressive 800 years old fortress, which became larger with each generation.
The earliest parts of Fyvie Castle date back to the 13th century, Fyvie was an open-air court held by Robert the Bruce, and Charles I lived there as a child.
Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of Fyvie’s 800-year-old history. But stories aside, we do know William the Lion was at Fyvie around 1214 and later Robert the Bruce and Charles I were among its royal guests. (Visit Scotland)
The walled garden specialises in growing a wide range of Scottish fruits.
Bow Fiddle Rock
On my way home to Hopeman, I made one more stop and walked to Bow Fiddle Rock, a natural sea arch along the Moray coast near Portknockie.
Besides resembling the look of a fiddle, Bow Fiddle rock is also a nesting place for many sea birds like herring gulls, great black-backed and lesser black-backed gulls.
The rock formation has been caused by erosion and movement from the tectonic plates of the earth. Scotland lay on the edge of two ancient continents called Laurentia and Avalonia. Eventually, the two collided resulting in the folding of the strata rock which is why the Bow Fiddle Rock slopes down to the south. (Britainexplorer)