Holiday in the Cairngorms - day 1
In mid July, I went for a walking holiday in Scotland, in the Cairngorm mountains.
Balmoral Castle was on the bus route up from Aberdeen to my first youth hostel at Braemar, so I stopped off there and had a look around.
The Queen was not in, and they didn't let me go inside very much, but the grounds were very nice.
Walking through the vegetable garden, I spotted an odd bird, so I took this photo.
It's a male red-legged partridge.
By the greenhouses were these very bright flowers.
This is more a camera test than anything else - it's impressive that the camera didn't blow this colour completely out.
After leaving Balmoral, the road has this view of Lochnagar, a mountain on the Balmoral estate, which I scaled two days later.