|Me overlooking Stirling. Stirling Castle is on the hill to my left.|
Wednesday morning we drove a few miles to the William Wallace memorial in Stirling and hiked up the hill to see not only WW but a fabulous view of the surrounding countryside. It was warm and sunny as usual (for our trip, not in general for the UK) and as we walked back to the car, we discussed whether or not to go see Stirling castle. Due to our time constraints, one castle was probably all we would get to tour and we weren't sure which one to choose. I mentioned that we had driven past Doune castle on our way to the hotel last night and it was only about 10-15 minutes away. You know Doune castle, the one used as a location for Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail? That settled it for Dean: off to Doune we went.
|Inside Doune Castle kitchen|
|Dean taunting me from the top wall of Doune Castle|
We left Doune smiling broadly and headed off to St. Andrews where my conference, Theatrical Theology (the whole reason for going to Scotland), was beginning. We grabbed a bite to eat and scouted out our bed and breakfast location before Dean dropped me off at the University of St. Andrews. For the next 2 days, I sat in conference rooms, talked to fellow theologians and actors, took notes, pondered new ideas, and even enjoyed 2 theatrical productions (one a dramatic reading of a theatre piece and one a production from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). During my lunch breaks I would run into town, grab a sandwich or yogurt, and explore the town because it the only time I had to do so. Each night I met Dean for supper before going back for the evening session. The conference days were long and a lot was packed into them (I took in 11 presentations, presented my own paper, watched the 2 theatre performances already mentioned, attended a wine reception, and ate my way through a farewell lunch buffet).
|West Sands Beach, St. Andrews|
more to come....