Our Fabulous Scotland Holiday

Although I have never been overseas, John went to Europe for a year when he left school. So this was the first ‘out of Africa’ trip for me.

We decided to take the plunge, when our son, Charles and his wife Janet, had their first baby, beautiful Kayla Skye, in Edinburgh earlier this year. So armed with a new camera and high expectations we left for Scotland early in September.

The new camera worked really hard and produced a wonderful collection of over 7000 photos! But, just once in a while, I took the odd opportunity to do a few on-site sketches.

I was so inspired to paint when we got back that I picked out three favourites, to do more detailed watercolour paintings. There are others that I would like to try, but as the festive season is drawing near, I decided to stop with this little selection. It gives you a sample of the delights we found in the beautiful land of fat sheep, rolling green fields, bagpipes and tartan.

And once in a while a little rain was such a treat for us drought-hardened karoo folk!

These are the watercolours, painted since our return:

Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory ruins on Holy Island, off the NE. coast of England. (A one-day-bus tour took us south to England ) 295 x 420 mm.


Ullapool boats on Loch Broom

: Beautiful misty scene on Loch Broom, at Ullapool. NW. coast ,Scotland. 710 x 520 mm.


Highland Coos

Two shaggy Highland Coos, on the Black Isle, near Inverness. 700 x 510 mm.





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  1. Posted 24 Nov 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Lovely sketches and paintings.

    Congratulations on the trip to see your granddaughter

  2. Posted 31 Mar 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Those sketches are absolutely beautiful Barbara! I assume you got a lot of pictures of the granddaughter too =)

    Where did you see, did you go much beyond Edinburgh? There are some really beautiful places elsewhere in the countryside, including an actual rainforest! You’d never think there’d be a rainforest in the UK, right?

    • Posted 30 May 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi there Sarah, Thanks for visiting my post on our Scotland Holiday ! Sorry that I missed seeing your comment ! Yes we did go north from Edinburgh, to Inverness, Cromarty and further up to Dunrobin ! We also went across to the west coast to Ullapool and the fabulous Inverewe gardens on the west coast, Are you living in Scotland?

  3. pauline
    Posted 21 Apr 2015 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    hi Barbara, how lovely seeing your Scotland paintings, you visited not far from where i live too,near Inverness,( my meercat painting is now taking pride of place in my new house) i hope you enjoyed your time in Scotland as well as spending time with your lovely grandchild x

    • Posted 20 May 2015 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

      Lovely to hear from you Pauline ! Scotland is a wonderful country indeed, loved it all !

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