An interesting last-day encounter
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Saturday, 26 July 2008 23:10

Neil Cowan, who worked in Bahrain from 1959 to 1965, was waiting for us near our vehicle when we left the restaurant. 

After a delicious breakfast, we left Beinn Bhracaigh Guesthouse and drove west in the direction of Kinloch Rannoch. 

Our first stop was the famous Queens View. From here you get a beautiful view over Loch Tummel. The place was named after Queen Victoria who visited in 1866; however it is also possible that the place was named after Queen Isabella, the wife of Robert the Bruce.

We stopped at a camping site to get closer to the shores of Loch Tummel and made the acquaintance of four Scotsmen camping there with family and friends. We started talking and took some photographs. 

Blair Castle well worth visiting
Written by Petra Beuchert   
Friday, 25 July 2008 23:24

Blair Castle 

Scotland is truly a great place for anyone looking for a relaxing vacation. There are just so many places that you can visit here with the people you love the most. Here, you and your loved ones can enjoy a getaway that can relieve you of the stress brought by the daily grind. This is also a great place to look for Edinburgh or Glasgow jobs if you want to have a boost in your career.

This morning we left Edinburgh early to ensure we would be on time for an 11am appointment at Blair Castle in Perthshire. 

On arrival, we were met by Sandy Reid, who only recently retired from his long term position as game-keeper of the Atholl Estates. We started out from the castle with both his and the Friendship Tour Land Rovers. 

The tour was through the privately owned estate, up onto the hills overlooking the castle and beautiful valleys. Unfortunately, we are here a week or two too early which means not all of the heather is in full blossom, but we could still picture how colourful the hills will soon become. 

Enjoying the beauty of Scotland
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Thursday, 24 July 2008 23:33

The team with Sheikh Hamad Al Khalifa who we met by chance during a visit to Stirling Castle. 

We started our day driving to Stirling, a beautiful Scottish town with a famous castle.

The drive was fast and smooth and it only took us one hour to get there from Edinburgh. The tour around the castle was really good since it was sunny, and we took a lot of pictures.

As we started to walk to the car park, we bumped into Sheikh Hamad Al Khalifa, formerly of the Bahrain International Circuit (Formula 1), who happened to be visiting Scotland too. We spoke about Bahrain and the Friendship Arabia tour.
Scotland's simply picture perfect
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 23:50

Shafiq Khalaf and Ammar Hammad near Edinburgh Castle on their first day in Scotland 

Ammar Hammad, whose photographs and Quicktime panoramas have received rave reviews from readers, rejoined the tour today, accompanied by another top photographer Shafiq Khalaf.

They were looked after by Visit Scotland and will spend four days exploring and taking pictures for a special book to be published after the trip.

Exploring Scotland's attractions
Written by Petra Beuchert   
Sunday, 13 July 2008 09:11

The Falkirk Wheel, which has become a popular tourist attraction 

Today we left Edinburgh and drove to Loch Lomond via Glasgow. 

Our first stop was Balloch Castle Park, a wonderful old estate overlooking the shore of Loch Lomond. The walk to the castle is mainly through woodland. The castle was built in 1808 for John Ardoch of Buchanan. The estate with its walled garden, woodland, shore walks and picnic areas is now a national park and can be enjoyed by everyone.