05 October 2008

Castle Campbell

Graham & I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary, as many of you know. It was such a glorious day, that we decided to go walking. We spent the day clambering around Castle Campbell and the small glen it is situated in.














The castle, which sits in Dollar, was built in the late fifteenth century and was originally called Castle Gloom. What a name to give such a handsome castle! The castle originally belonged to the Stuart Clan, but passed by marriage to Colin Campbell, who was the first Earl of Argyll and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland. He was later executed for treason, but we won't go into that!

I thought you might enjoy some photos of the castle and surroundings. If you look carefully you will spot Graham having a snooze! It was such a crisp, cold day and he was so cozy in his warm coat, well that is his excuse anyway!


























In the evening Graham & I enjoyed a lovely meal in a little Italian restaurant in Perth. As usual, I forgot to take my camera out until the meal was nearly over, at which point it was too late to get any good shots. We both had crispy fried mushrooms, which were coated in a tempura style batter, flavoured with turmeric. These were amazingly good! For main course, Graham had a oven baked Penne Quattro Formaggio and I had Penne Arrabiata. They were both good and Graham's only complaint was that there were not burnt crispy bits around the edge of his dish. He likes the crispy bits.

52 comments:

  1. Congratulations. Looks like you had a lovely day!

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  2. Thanks Sylvie, we had a really good time :)

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  3. Oh my goodness, that is awesome. I LOVE old castles! Awesome photos!

    Oh, and your spooky story gave me serious chills. I would've died right then and there!

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  4. Congratulations and what beautiful pics. The thing I love about England and Scotland are our old castles, we have so much history!

    Maria
    x

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  5. Happy Anniversary and I must say your photo is the best...great smile and I can see your eyes!

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  6. Hi Tanya, I am glad to say that I didn't have any spooky experiences in the castle. I still have shivers after you ghosty post!

    I agree with you Maria, we are really lucky with our wonderful heritage and beatiful countryside. I think we have to make the most of it before the winter strikes.

    Hi Peter, well, you knew if you waited long enough, it would happen :)

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  7. It looks like not another soul was out there, which is just wonderful. That's the best thing about climbing around in these old castles after September; everyone's indoors but the heartier souls. Happy (belated) anniversary.

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  8. Hi Tadmack, There were a few people there, but it was big enough that we didn't bump into each other except at the entrance. I think a young couple caught Graham snoozing in the gardens though!

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  9. It looks like you had such a nice day. Very fun seeing it; I must go to that part of the world some time.

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  10. LOVELY photos. :) I don't know Castle Campbell at all. Will have to visit next time I'm in that neck of the woods.
    Happy anniversary again.

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  11. Thanks Kalyn, it is a beautiful part of the world :)

    Thank you Wendy! I thought you might appreciate the scenery when I was posting this :)

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  12. Happy anniversary! And what a lovely way to spend it. I've been to CC years ago, but somehow I don't remember very much of it, suffering from the dreaded too-much-castle-spotting probably...;) Looks lovely anyway, and so does the meal sound.

    Btw, looks like a really cute jacket you're wearing.

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  13. Hi Pia, I love going around castles and it sounds like you have been around a fair few too!

    The meal was very, very good. We will definitely be going back there again and I will be trying out the crispy mushrooms myself sometime.

    The jacket is cosy :)

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  14. Congrtulations Holler and Graham! So pleased you had such a lovely day for it. Looks gorgeous.

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  15. A perfectly lovely way to spend your anniversary Holler in the beautiful Scottish countryside. Congratulations once again:D

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  16. Thank you so much Antonia and Val :)

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  17. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary! Congrats again. The castle looks just stunning. And I liked the sound of the meal, too.

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  18. Congratulattions! I am celebratin my second anniversary this month! Is Graham also vegetarian? The Castle is beautiful! And the mushrooms sound sooooo good...

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  19. Congratulations on the first of many such occasions to you and Graham. The first castle photo is really special - a great perspective of the surrounding area.

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  20. Hi Rita, I hope you have a good day too :) Graham is a vegetarian too, which am ever thankful for. The castle was great. I just love climbing about castles and as for the mushrooms, I am sure we were purring as we ate them :)

    Hey Joan, the surroundings were beautiful, but it was funny, when I looked at some of the photos , I thought the lanscape looked so perfect, that is looked like a minature film set :)

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  21. Wow. Living outside of the US definitely gives you more options of gorgeous, historical, romantic places to go!! :) Happy 1 year anniversary!

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  22. Happy Anniversary! What a lovely way to celebrate.

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  23. Congratulations & beautiful pictures.

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  24. Beautiful photos, it looks like a lovely place!

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  25. Oh thank you for the pics, I am happy you enjoyed a special day together. I would love to visit your beautiful country one day. My great-grandma was a Kerr.

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  26. Happy anniversary Holler and Graeme! Looks like a lovely place to spend the day, plus some good weather :-)

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  27. Hi Juliet, we are lucky here with beautiful surroundings.

    Thank you Diann :)

    Thanks Helene and Hannah :)

    Then you should definitely visit one day Ohio Mom :)

    I know Jen, weren't we lucky. It was cold, but we actually had sun, lots of it. Someone must have been looking down on us favourably :)

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  28. Happy anniversary! looks like a lovely day out.

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  29. Sounds like a great way to spend your anniversary. Happy Anniversary!

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  30. Great pictures. What a lovely spot. A wonderful place to spend an anniversary. Happy Anniversary and congratulations!

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  31. That castle looks like such a lovely place to spend the day! And I am with graham on the crispy bits!

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  32. Sounds like you had a lovely day. Glad it didn't rain on you. It bucketed down here! (Im a bit partial to the burnt crispy bits too)

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  33. Happy first anniversary! Looks like you celebrated in some style - what a lovely day out.

    I'm with your hubby - I like crispy bits, too!

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  34. That's never a year already, is it? Many congratulations, you're looking well on married life.

    xxx

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  35. Happy anniversary! =) Great photo of you.

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  36. Hey A.B., I wish we had done this more often this summer, but then it did rain nearly all summer :(

    Thank you Alexa :)

    I do like castles! I don't know if it the history, the surroundings or just being able to climb about like a kid :)

    Hi Beth, I too like the crispy bits, especially if it is something baked that is topped with cheese :P

    Thank you Spaghetti :)

    The year has gone quick hasn't it Lynn, I m glad it is not just me that thinks so :)

    Thank you Ashley :)

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  37. Looks like you had a lot of fun...the pictures are great..Happy Anniversary again !

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  38. Sounds like the perfect day, Holler! I am so into Scottish castles. You look so cute! :)

    Happy Anniversary to you and Graham! I wish you many more years of marital bliss! Roberto and I will be celebrating six months while we are in New England this month.

    I am with Graham - I love the crispy bits. ;)

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  39. Oh, wow -- what great photos! Glad that you had such a good time.

    I'm totally jealous of the castles :)

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  40. What a perfectly lovely day - you lucky girl.

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  41. It seems just like yesterday we were talking about your upcoming wedding and it has been a YEAR!
    Holler, a big congrats and hugs to you and Graham on celebrating a whole year!
    Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos!!!! Ah, how beautiful and serene:)

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  42. I came upon your blog through "Eat Your Veggies" and I'm so glad I did.

    What a wonderful Castle! Thank you for taking me along on your day trip. I have enjoyed my visit and will be back to visit again.

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  43. Thank you Usha :)

    Hi Jenn, the time just zooms by, doesn't it?

    Hey Lo, We are lucky here with all the castles we have to choose from. You never have to travel far to find one.

    I know I am Pam :)

    Thank you Deb :)

    Nice to meet you Kathy! Thanks for visiting :)

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  44. You're adorable! And I love "Castle Gloom."

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  45. Hi Judith, What a name for a castle, huh? I thought it was funny too :)

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  46. Your castle photos are absolutely lovely! Reminds me of those Diana Gabaldon books...which are what truly inspired my intrigue and now love of Scotland!
    Happy to hear you had such a wonderful get-a-way!

    : )

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  47. Thanks OCM and P.C. :)

    Boy, that sounded like code!

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  48. Happy Anniversary. Those are some beautiful pictures.

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