Friday, August 03, 2007


We recently visited Dundas Castle just outside of Edinburgh Scotland. The Dundas Castle dates back to the mid-13th century and rests among 1500 acres of rolling woods and fields bordering the River Forth. In a word: beautiful.

The family that owns and operates the Castle nowadays books more than 100 weddings and events on the glorious Castle grounds.

Fittingly, the occasion of our visit was a dear friend’s wedding and true to form, the event was spectacular; thoroughly enjoyed by all. I even had the experience of wearing a Kilt for the first and very likely last time ever. Yes, this photo is me in the kilt standing next to my 16 year old son who is trying hard not to break out in laughter at dear old Dad in a skirt!

One interesting take away from a tour of the Castle grounds however, was the family motto displayed underneath their coat of arms emblazoned in stone on the front of the Castle. The Dundas Castle’s family motto was simply the word TRY.

Which turns out to be a good motto for the success of a wedding, an experience such as wearing a kilt, or even for building a castle that has stood for more than 700 years.

A good motto acted upon really does stand the test of time.