Trying to make the most of the long days and light nights, as well as the lack of rain for a change, we turned off the F1 and the tennis, and we headed north of Aberdeen to Fyvie - a small village in Aberdeenshire, to check out Fyvie Castle.
Fyvie Castle dates back to the 13th century with it's great wheel staircase, which is apparently the finest in Scotland, and once was a royal stronghold until following the Battle of Otterburn, when it fell into possession of five successive families - each of whom added a new tower to the castle.
The castle also has gardens on it's ground, which we took a little stroll around, as well as a loch which provides a nice short walk. We really need to start going into these castles but we always end up getting there too near closing time, and it gets a little pricey sometimes. Checking out the exterior of the castle and it's gardens is always good though.
A lot of these images were taken by Emma by the way, she was hogging the camera all day.