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20 Carrochan Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8EG, UK
A trip to Scotland isn't complete without renting a car and driving on the undersized roads through the countryside. Enjoy the various terrains, small hidden towns, and the numerous lochs along the way. (My family did this going cross-country on...
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Appin, Portnacroish PA38 4BL, UK
A four-storey tower house set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe, located about 1.5 miles north east of Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland, seen here from the A828 road mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe.
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Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
History buffs should not miss this sprawling museum housed in adjacent ultramodern and classic Victorian buildings—the latter with a magnificent birdcage Great Hall. The monarchs of the auld nation are explained in exhibits, as is the movement of...
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Northern Europe
My favorite lodging in the Highlands: the stately Regency mansion boasts five tastefully decorated guests rooms, displaying paintings and sculptures by contemporary Scottish artists and the gourmet dinners were extraordinary!
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Golspie KW10 6SF, UK
The 13th-century estate, Dunrobin Castle, is beautifully situated above a gracious park with formal gardens, overlooking the North Sea, where fabulous falconry performances are staged daily in the gardens.
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Elishader, Portree IV51 9JE, UK
We had a few hours before dinner to drive around the perimeter of the Isle of Skye. A short distance south of Staffin, on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, Kilt Rock, where the falls descend from a 200 foot high sea cliff. The...
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Edinburgh, UK
by Gaynor Salisbury, As Told To Nick Draney Name: Gaynor Salisbury
Age:49
Neighborhood:Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation:Owner of Loopy Lorna’s Tea House, named in honor of her late mother. The café, which serves a wide variety of teas...
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Balquhidder, Lochearnhead FK19 8PQ, UK
Hungry hikers (known as hill walkers in Scotland) will find refuge at Monachyle Mhor, a 2,000-acre farm located deep in the middle of Trossachs National Park, just past the grave site of folk hero Rob Roy. The main draw of the 14-room pink...
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Northern Europe
Rarely have I felt as content as I did earlier this year, at a wonderful little retreat in Scotland called The Woodman’s Hut. Located inside popular Cairngorms National Park, it’s the choice accommodation at Lazy Duck Hostel, a farm and lodging...
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Inverness, UK
INVERNESS, Scotland -- We were off like the prom dress to visit Scotland as soon as we read about the Disney/Pixar’s “Brave,” themed adventures sponsored by Visit Scotland. The travel savvy folks at Visit Scotland have taken the key themes of...
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376 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 5HX, UK
The deli is right down the road from Loopy Lorna’s. It’s the only place in Scotland to get the best French butter, and they sell some delicious rare cheeses. —Gaynor Salisbury 376 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-447-8877. This story appeared in the...
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49-53 Queen's Rd, Aberdeen AB15 4YP, UK
I stayed at the Malmaison in Aberdeen, Scotland this past week - The accomodations are absolutely first class, great rooms, badrooms and beds. But the best of all was its food. Please try the Mussel Soup and the Salmon Salad. I have never tasted...
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Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, UK
Just off the Royal Mile after you go under an archway is the Writers Museum in Scotland's capital city. The museum honors three of the nation's finest writers - Robbie Burns, Robert L. Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. It is well worth a visit,...
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Northern Europe
One of my stops when I went backpacking with my sister in June 2012. Scotland was beautiful and friendly, but whether there really is a monster in this lake...we don't know ;)
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Isle of Mull PA65 6BD, UK
It's stiff competition for the best island in Scotland, but Mull must come close to the top. Where else can you go in the height of summer and still find peace and quiet, views to melt the eyes and restaurants to capture your tastebuds? Not to...
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Dunoon, UK
After a short drive from Dunoon, Scotland we found Puck's Glen hike in the Argyll National Forest. Like hiking through a mystical fairyland, the trek was both engaging and just challenging enough for our kids.
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Loch Lochy, Spean Bridge PH34, UK
The Great Glen Way is a long distance walk (73 miles) that takes you from the East to the West coast of Scotland touching three beautiful Lochs (lakes). Loch Lochy is the first one you encounter along the way. It's beautiful, calm and silent.
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Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4RT, UK
This cinema has big comfy sofas, and you can take a glass of wine in with you. —Gaynor Salisbury 18 Newbattle Terr. 44/(0) 131-447-4771. This story appeared in the November/December 2010 issue. See all of Gaynor Salisbury’s favorite places...
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Drumnadrochit, Inverness IV63 6XJ, UK
View of Urquart Castle overlooking Loch Ness. Did not see Nessie, but awesome nonetheless!
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Unnamed Rd,, Lybster KW3 6BD, UK
Come north, far beyond the Highlands, to an area known as the Kingdom of the Cats, or the lowland beyond the Highlands. 100 miles north of the city of Inverness and with more Norse than Gaelic influences, the county of Caithness is unlike anywhere...
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237 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4QU, UK
Outside there is a beer garden with benches and colorful tablecloths. Inside, there is bric-a-brac everywhere, including an old penny-farthing bicycle. I go for a traditional drink of real ale, like Belhaven. They have a brilliant selection of...
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210 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4QQ, UK
I love old books, and this secondhand shop has a huge range, from classics to modern literature. —Gaynor Salisbury 204–206 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-446-9169. This story appeared in the November/December 2010 issue. See all of Gaynor Salisbury’s...
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Countryside Ranger Service, 69 Hermitage of Braid, Edinburgh EH10 6JF, UK
by Gaynor Salisbury, As Told To Nick Draney A great escape from the city. The nature reserve is a 10-minute walk from Loopy’s. It’s a great to way to work off too much cake. South of Hermitage Dr. fohb.org This story appeared in the...
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Edinburgh, UK
by Gaynor Salisbury, As Told To Nick Draney My favorite purchase at this thrift shop was a floral tea set which we still use in Loopy’s. Go midweek. 195–197 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-447-8686 stcolumbashospice.org.uk This story appeared in the...
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366 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4QN, UK
The owners are a South African brother and sister, and they do great coffee. Try their Elephant Soup, which has lentils, peanuts, and a type of African dried meat calledbiltong. —Gaynor Salisbury 366 Morningside Rd. 44/(0) 131-466-8337. This story...
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1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ, UK
by Gaynor Salisbury, As Told To Nick Draney The hub of the community! At the Church Hill Theatre, 33A Morningside Rd., 44/(0)131-447-3042. loopylornas.com This story appeared in the November/December 2010 issue. See all of Gaynor Salisbury’s...
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1860 Pittwater Rd, Church Point NSW 2105, Australia
Every Christmas Eve, just an hour's north of Sydney, there is a dog race like no other in the world. The Scotland Island Dog Race, located in the tranquil waters of Pittwater, is open to beasts from all over the bay and the aim is to swim from...
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Greendyke Street, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB, UK
It’s said that no one with even a drop of Scottish blood in his veins can help but feel a surge of emotion at the sound of bagpipes. If that’s so, then passions are sure to reach tsunami volume on August 16—17, when the World Pipe Band...
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Climb Carlton Hill with the May Queen, the Green Man and their procession of performers as night falls on April 30th. Watch as they celebrate the end of dreary winter weather with fire, dancing and re-enactment of ancient religious rituals. Just...
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154 Hope St, Glasgow G2 2TH, UK
My boyfriend and I are scotch drinkers so we absolutely had to find the best bar to sample great scotch while we were in Glasgow. After a little research we found this bar. First we went and had dinner at a nearby spot where we had great food...
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Grantown on Spey PH26 3HG, UK
Over seven days, you’ll find the food, estate visits, and distillery tours and tastings just as spectacular as the daily hikes, which include Culloden Moor and Cairngorms National Park. From $4,095. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014...
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Lairg IV27 4HL, UK
Traveling the single lane "highways" of Scotland's Highlands is a memorable experience. Here, an early morning view of Ardvreck Castle, a quintessential Scottish landscape; the castle remains date back to 1490.
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Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
The author of “How The Scots Invented the Modern World” would surely revel in this ginormous place by the Glasgow Harbor celebrating the history of transport both on land and sea. Not only does this extraordinary collection showcasing some of the...
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Scotland, UK
Edinburgh to London, 10am train
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Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK
As we came around the bend on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle majestically came into view. Located on a small tidal island in Loch Duich in the western part of the Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle is probably one of...
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Fort William, UK
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Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS, UK
This new waterfront incarnation of the Glasgow Museum of Transport, which debuted in 2011, was voted the 2013 European Museum of the Year by the European Forum Awards. It’s not hard to see why: the collections here marry a supercool Zaha...
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Breakish, Isle of Skye IV42 8PY, UK
After days of rain that obscured the landscape of the Northern Highlands of Scotland, I drove across the bridge to the Isle of Skye as the sun broke through and lit the hills with a beauty that made it difficult to focus on steering. Breakish was...
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Edinburgh, UK
All I can say is: largest arts festival IN THE WORLD. For 50 years, Scotland's capital city has seen a unique explosion of creative energy within the Fringe Festival. It's got EVERYTHING- street performances, theatre, comedy, literature, politics,...
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Isle of Skye, Duntulm, Portree IV51 9UF, UK
At the very northern tip of the Isle of Skye, which is an island off of the upper north western shore of Scotland, are the ruins of Duntulm Castle. To get there, you have to drive for several hours on narrow dirt roads, but the sense of remoteness...
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354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE, UK
Haggis is a delicious traditional Scottish meal made of various meats. Don't let the exact ingredients intimidate you, if in Scotland you must indulge. Usually it is served with a form of potato. The two places I suggest to order haggis: Amber...
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Union St, Aberdeen, UK
In my year of living in Scotland, Scots had always told me to not go to Aberdeen. "There's nothing there. It's ugly. It's boring. It's dead depressing", they would say. But in my current trip to Scotland, I would have to say I really enjoy the...
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Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff-top fortress in a truly stunning setting. And just a half hour's drive from Aberdeen, Europe's oil-capital. William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots graced the Castle with their presence....
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Breakish, Isle of Skye IV42 8PY, UK
Scotland is not known for its cuisine. And I didn't go to the Isle of Skye looking for one of the best meals I've ever had. But that's the magic of travel, your best memories are the unexpected ones. I actually went to Red Skye trying to escape...
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20 Carrochan Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8EG, UK
Global Yodel - travel through a local lens If someone was visiting Scotland they must visit Loch Lomand, rent a log cabin, a boat and trail around the loch. On the next day, climb Ben Arthur (The Cobbler). Then go down to the local pub and have a...
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Macallan Distillery, Easter Elchies, Charlestown of Aberlour AB38 9RX, UK
When in Scotland, do as the Scots do. Drink whisky. So whether you're a fan of whisky, or maybe of tours based on alcohol, I'd highly recommend taking a tour of the Macallan Distillery. It's only 5GBP for an hour and a half tour, which includes...
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River Sligachan, Isle of Skye, UK
Our guide warned us about the freezing water before we left the warm surround of our tour bus. That was of course after he had also told us that the 'Fountain of Youth' so sought after my humanity since time immemorial, was just outside our window...
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48 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1PB, UK
Sure, if you have somebody famous, you may as well milk the fact and name everything after that person to pull the punters in! (A British-ism!) The Rabbie Burns Restaurant is actually on the Royal Mile and close to the Writers Museum. Burns is...
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Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2HG, UK
It's the kind of party that packs the city streets, clogs public transportation and leaves an entire town with hungover revelers for days following. Yet when I told friends and family I was traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland for 'Hogmanay' over New...
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The Pends, St Andrews KY16 9QL, UK
Often called, "Scotland's Greatest Cathedral" the now-ruined medieval St. Andrews, overlooking the North Sea in its namesake town, is a splendid sight any time of day or night. However, in my several days of residence in the town made famous by...
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Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder PH3 1SD, UK
Part of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' group, Gleneagles is a destination in and of itself for visitors to Scotland. From their website, "Set within the gentle beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this five star [resort] is home to...
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The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder PH3 1NF, UK
There may not be a lovelier place to golf than Scotland, and Gleneagles resort has one of the most impressive backdrops for a game. The hotel, located on 850 acres in the Perthsire countryside, has three championship golf courses and is home to...
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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh EH8 8AZ, UK
There are few things in life I hate more than hiking. I would sprint anyone given the opportunity - but hiking? No. Every hike that lasts more than 10 minutes is already 9 more minutes than I can handle. But, that doesn't mean I rebuke at every...
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St Andrews KY16 8PN, UK
St. Andrews is enjoying renewed popularity of late as the hookup spot for the Royal Newlyweds, but it’s been revered by golfers as “The Home of Golf” since the game was invented here in the 1500s. The vaunted Old Course and neighboring links are...
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
En route to Edinburgh Castle, the historic fortress is a sight to behold through a spray of springtime foliage.
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Whether you are in Edinburgh for the first time or you are a frequent visitor, a visit to the majestic Edinburgh Castle is a must. While the castle itself sits on the rugged dormant volcano dominating city's skyline, it's hard not to gaze through...
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Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK
Linking Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse two kilometers to the east, the Royal Mile runs through the heart of the city's medieval Old Town. Off either side of the street—which goes by different names as it descends—ancient alleys...
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Queen's Dr, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, UK
If you have an hour or two to spare in Edinburgh, Holyrood Park is a great outdoor activity. The park is so expansive and has many trails for a good walk, or if you're feeling particularly adventurous you can hike up the famous, and very steep,...
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227 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, UK
Walking back to the hotel, bottom of the mile.
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15-16 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE, UK
A local institution, The Doric has both a rustic bar on the ground floor and a restaurant on the second floor. The best fish and chips that I've had in the UK and a decent supply of whisky.
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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Great viewing spot....even on grey day in Edinburgh.
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81-83 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HJ, UK
Where would the students of Edinburgh be without Armstrong's? Since 1870, Edinburgh residents have been coming to this vintage emporium, much larger inside than its exterior suggests, for cheap and unique items of clothing representing every era...
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54 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA, UK
Here's the best British chef you've never heard of, largely because he eschews shouty TV shows. Martin Wishart has revived the high end of Edinburgh dining since he began in 1999. The proof? Today there are four Michelin-starred restaurants in the...
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High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, UK
This beautiful cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is located on High Street in Edinburgh. It has beautiful stained glass windows and two memorials.
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Edinburgh, 42 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JW, UK
A self-described "melting pot" of affordable artwork, jewelry, housewares and accessories, the Red Door Gallery might just be the perfect place to find a distinctive souvenir from your visit to the Scottish capital. Key to the shop is a selection...
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This is the premier whiskey shop in Edinburgh, perhaps in all of the U.K. It's not just the range of single malts filling the shelves, it's the knowledge of the staff. Tell them your preferred flavor—smoky, sweet, spicy, smooth—and they'll direct...
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A, 30 Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2JW, UK
Iain Mellis, one of Britain's outstanding cheesemongers, recognizes the brilliance of high-quality farmhouse cheese and provides artisanal products to cheese lovers all over Scotland. Mellis has been sourcing local and European cheeses made from...
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130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
Had this cuppa with a Scottish breakfast in Garfunkel's. If its just coffee that you want however, just a few doors down, there is also a Garfunkel's cafe. I didn't get to try it though. Or if you want something more traditional and American,...
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Loch Lomond, United Kingdom
We arrived at Loch Lomond after a long drive from Edinburgh. The sun was starting to set and storm clouds were rolling in. The blues on the water and in the sky were amazing.
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Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, UK
When Edinburgh Castle had outlived its usefulness as a royal residence, James IV began to build a palace worthy of the Stuart dynasty. Begun in 1501, the Palace of Holyroodhouse was completed during the reign of his great-great-great-grandson...
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Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ, UK
Scotland's Stuart monarchs spent more time here than in Edinburgh, and many scenes of high drama and intrigue played out at Stirling Castle. This is an A++ destination because so much of the sprawling site, from gardens to Great Hall to James V's...
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Scottish Highlands, Fort Augustus PH32 4BY, UK
Whether you're behind the wheel or on a tour bus, a drive through the Scottish Highlands is the ultimate road trip. In mid-winter, the mountains that enclose the road are still capped with snow, and the clouds that surround them appear nearly...