Having enjoyed our adventure on the Jacobite train on 31st July we made plans for another wee adventure for the following week-end, but as yet no idea what it would be. During the summer of 2005 I had a willing companion (aside from Susan) to join me on days out. My young cousin Debbie had not been too well that year and her daughter Caitlynn was always happy to accompany me on local outings. We invited Debbie and Caitlynn to join us, thus making them the first Honorary Intrepids Our day of adventure would be in two parts:
Part 1 – Kinross House & Garden
I had visited Kinross House and Gardens some time back and felt that it would be a good place to revisit with Susan. It was ideal for Debbie as it was wheelchair friendly.
From Wikipedia: Kinross House is a late 17th-century country house overlooking Loch Leven, near Kinross in Kinross-shire, Scotland. Construction of the house began in 1685, by the architect Sir William Bruce as his own home. It is regarded as one of his finest works, and was called by Daniel Defoe “the most beautiful and regular piece of architecture in Scotland”.
The house, which is undoubtedly the most important early classical mansion in Scotland, retains most of its original internal decoration. It was occupied for 200 years as the home of the Montgomery family, who purchased the property in the late 18th century. Kinross House is a Category A listed building, and its grounds are listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. Unfortunately the House and grounds were sold and the new owners and there is no public access to gardens. I find that a pity as one feature was the fact that the gate at the end of the garden looked over Loch Leven to Loch Leven Castle – where “Mary – Queen of Scots was Held Prisoner until 2 May 1568. Mary escaped from Loch Leven Castle with the aid of George Douglas, brother of Sir William Douglas, the castle’s owner made to England and never returned to Scotland. Click here to view Photo album of visit
Part 2 – Deep Sea World
Deep Sea World is located at North Queensferry, Fife. It is host to a collection of large sand tiger sharks, also known as ragged toothed sharks or grey nurse sharks, and various other species of shark. One of the main attractions is a walk through glass tunnel where the sharks swim above you. This was the only visit we made to Deep Sea World. Whilst we enjoyed it at the time we felt no urge to return. However, we did pay other visits to Kinross House before public access ceased. (Click on Image on left to see album of visit)