|Castle Stalker, on a tidal inlet on Loch Laich.|
Castle Stalker (pronounced "Stal-ker"), is a fine example. Very appealing! Built around 1440, it is admittedly, privately owned but it would be a great place to do lots of reading and creative writing. The kayaks would be immensely useful, for coming and going, and gaining quick access to the sea. A rare and unique location, indeed.
There's a cute little cottage in the tiny, former-fishing village of Auchmithie, the original home of Arbroath "smokies". It sits above the red sandstone cliffs and has a wonderful view out over the sea. Sir Walter Scott once stayed in a hotel, just down the street. It's simply lovely there. And with a morning run or walk along the path above the cliffs - it would be an amazing start to any day! The lush, green foliage that grows up and over the roof simply adds to the charm. :)
|Auchmithie cottage, overlooking the North Sea.|
|Near Montrose, near the beach.|
The dwelling is simple, and clearly well constructed, having held up well for over over 300 years. The walk in, through the woods, takes less than an hour and is very pleasant.
|Taigh Seumas a' Ghlinne (home of James of the Glen)|
Now, the Duror Bothy.
|Let's see...one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight...lots of room!|
|Falkland Palace, in Fife.|
|Just a short walk to Loch Lee and the "crags".|
We loved Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, but it is currently occupied by the Earl and Countess of Strathmore. It was very kind of them to allow a hundred or so of us (wearing antlers!) to run the 10 kilometre "Reindeer Run" through the castle grounds, in support of "Lifeboats".
|Glamis Castle - a lot of rooms to furnish!|
This one is an "open concept"...but very close to the Glenshee Ski Centre. Great skiing! It would require some substantial DIY, but hey, anything is possible where there is sufficient will. ;)
|"Open" to lots of possibilities!|
After thirty-six years of parish ministry and military chaplaincy, the idea of living in a church would not exactly be new. A flat in this converted church in Bridge of Allan, however, would be simply "divine". In addition, daily stair-climbing up and down the inside of the steeple (if permitted) would ensure "hill fitness"!
|The former Chalmers Church, in Bridge of Allan, built around 1850.|
This little cottage, near the Cairngorm mountains, just made us think of sunshine.
So there you have it, some "real" estate possibilities in and around Scotland. :)
Warm thanks to family here - Mike, Lee, Christine, Sheila and Ronny, Ian and Carol in Scotland, Brian and Sheila in Cumbria, and Dugald in faraway Portugal - for putting up with our constant use of superlatives. And back in Canada, warm thanks to Linda, Gabby, "Solstice", and "Spartan" - for exactly the same thing. :)