This title is the 15th in the Scottish series and covers the city of Dundee, the county of Angus and the city and some of the shire of Aberdeen. From Aberdeen we sail to the Orkney and Shetland isles - the Nothern Isles.


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On the banks of the silvery Tay, Dundee is a city known for the three Js:- Jute, Jam and Journalism. Founded as far back as 1190 it is said that William Wallace went to the Monastery school here. It is also famous for the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879 that saw the loss of 75 lives.
From here we travel up the coast passing through Broughty Ferry and Monifieth to Carnoustie. Home of the Open Golf Championship in 2007.
Then on to Arbroath - famous for the Declaration of Arbroath. Dating from 1329 and signed by most of the Scottish nobles addressed to the Pope to legitimise Robert the Bruce as the rightful king as he had been excommunicated after the murder of the Red Comlin in a Dumfries church in 1306. The Stone of Destiny was recovered here in 1951 after it had been stolen from Westminster Abbey.

We follow the coast to Montrose passing the fine sandy bay of Lunan.
Then we head in-land to Forfar and on to Glamis and Glamis Castle the birthplace of the Late Queen Mother and her daughter the Late Princess Margaret and home to the Earls of Strathmore. Associated with 'Shakespeare's' MacBeth.
The 'Red Town' Kirriemuir is the next stop, birthplace of J.M.Barrie - author of Peter Pan.
Then on to Brechin, Edzell Glenesk and Fettercairn with its fine Royal Arch and over the Howe of Mearns to Arbuthnott, the former home of the novelist Lewis Grassic Gibbon, whose most famous work 'Sunset Song' is set hereabouts. Then on to Inverbervie, itself birthplace of another famous Scot -Hercules Linton the designer of the 'Cutty Sark'.

Back along the coast to Stonehaven with its pretty harbour. Nearby Donnottar castle was once a place of safety for the Scottish Crown jewels that had to be hidden in a nearby kirk when the castle was besieged.
The 'Slug' road takes us over to Banchory and Royal Deeside and then on to Donside, Alford with its Aberdeen Angus Bull and nearby the romantic ruins of Kildrummy Castle and its gardens. Across country to Insch and another medieval ruined castle at Dunnideer.
Inverurie is the next place en-route and Kemnay famous for its Granite Quarries, used in buildings and bridges across the globe. Aberdeen was once two settlements, one of the Dee and one on the Don, both merged into Scotland's third largest city.

From here we sail to both Orkney and Shetland.
Kirkwall with it's fine 12th century cathedral is the largest settlement on Orkney and the islands capital. Crossing the 'Churchill barriers to Burray and South Ronaldsay, with the Italian Chapel built by POWs during the 2nd World War.
Sromness is one of only five places in the 787 inhabited islands that can be properly called a Town. Sheltered by the Island of Hoy and built very much in the Norse style with paved narrow streets and wynds between facing houses.
The largest concentration of prehistoric sites in Western Europe has given this area World Heritage site status, also enjoyed by the likes of Stonehenge and the Pyramids.
The island of Westray and Eday are our next ports of call and we then leave the Orkneys for Shetland.

Lerwick is another town with a real Norse feel to it and is the largest settlement and the capital of Shetland. It is home to the festival 'Up Helly-Aa'.
The mainland is split into the South Mainland with Sumburgh Head at its tip.
The West Mainland with its many crofts and small fishing settlements and the North Mainland is joined by the narrow Mavis Grand, which sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.

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