The heather-clad hills of the Trossachs are centerpieced around Loch Lomond which is the largest and most famous of Scotland's fjordlike lakes.
The area enthralled the Scottish writer, Sir Walter Scott who penned the wonderful Rob Roy about a bandit similar to Robin Hood. (Pictured above Inverness lays like a solemn monument to the stout people of this area.
But YOU KNOW ME! I'm here for one thing... to sack Cawdor Castle, the fictionalized home base of Shakespeare's most bloody monster... Macbeth.
Of course, when you arrive at Cawdor Castle expecting to see all this cool Shakespeare stuff... I mean, who wouldn't advertise a Shakespeare on a medieval castle? You quickly realize the good folks running Cawdor want nothing to do with the Bard.
Cawdor Castle likes int he village of Caladar in Naimshire which is about 12 miles from Inverness. The structure itself was once a Roman Fort but was actually restructured during the 14th century, which post dates any kind of Thane of Cawdor reference... even the Weird Sisters could have told you that.
The house is now the living home of the Countess of Cawdor (What? No Lady Macbeth?) with a 9 hole golf course and plush with amazing roped off furniture where everyone from visiting diplomats to the Royal Horticultural Society visit regularly. (I know... can't there even be a little Mike Myers whisper of... well, could they be an "EVIL" Horticultural Society...?)
Anyway... Cawdor Castle is cool, but don't expect any Shakespeare... apparently the 5th Earl of Cawdor wrote, "I wish Shakespeare had never written that damned play!" I know... I'd like to "Untimely rip him from his mother's womb." (Yes, that's a Shakespeare joke)
Of course, the real star here is the land itself, and whether you are a Sir Walter Scott fan or Shakespeare, the beauty of the Scottish Highlands is undeniable.