Fall or “autumn,” as they say here in the U.K., has always been one of my favorite times of the year. The colors, the smells, the coolness in the air, and the reminder that summer is finished and winter is coming… Though not quite as vibrantly colorful as fall in the Rocky Mountains, I have loved seeing the golds, reds, and browns as I walk through piles of fallen leaves on my walk to church or to the shop or to our staff meetings. It’s really beautiful here.
Loch Leven is a lake that’s a little over 26 miles northwest of Edinburgh. One of my lovely friends drove me there this past cloudy Friday and we were able to walk part of the way (it’s 13 miles from start to finish) around the lake and just take in the beauty of the wildlife and colors of the trees. We even managed to see 3 pheasant fly across the path in front of us into the tall grass. What beautiful birds they are.
As with most lochs and national nature reserves, there is a small castle built around the year 1300 that actually sits on a small island in the middle of the lake. Lochleven Castle was fairly well known for being the place Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 until she escaped a year later. Seems like there is always a story to be told at each location in Scotland. Something that happened in history that people still remember it for to this day which makes seeing places here all the better as we just don’t have that kind of history in the States.
On our way home from the lake, we stopped at a tiny port town called “South Queensferry” to have some soup called “Cullen Skink.” It’s made with smoked haddock, regular haddock, onions, and potatoes. I’m sure there is more in it but I would highly recommend you looking up a recipe and making it yourself. It might just be my favorite Scottish dish so far.
South Queensferry is also home to several bridges. My favorite being a train bridge called the “Forth Bridge.” We had to take photos of the bridge quickly as I had to be someplace for work but I can’t wait to go back and get some night shots. Have a feeling they will be even more brilliant.
Thankful for beautiful places on this earth and beautiful friends who will explore them with you.