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Adventure day today!!!! I took the early bus up to Staffin via Portree. That was a hoot - from Broadford to Portree it was a school bus haha, God I love it here. At least it was high school kids. I got on my transfer and I love their local bus drivers - it's all rural so there are no actual "stops" you just tell them where you'd like to get off. And to get back on you just wave them down on the street. Good to know. The drive to Staffin was lovely - along the coast mostly, plus had some nice views of Old Man of Storr which is where I hope to go tomorrow... weather dependant.The bus left me off on the side of the “highway” and then started my 2 mile hike ... read more
Border collie out of nowhere
Hello Quiraing
View from lower ridge

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Broadford June 25th 2014

I really debated what I wanted to do today - yesterday was… another tiring day, wasn’t it… so I debated between hiking in Broadford or trying my luck and bussing out to Old Man Storr. I decided I wanted a travel-free/bus-free day haha. It was pouring rain this morning, but in true Scottish fashion it tapered off to a mist by around 9:30am. I tried my luck and headed off to Broadford Bay and walked up along the coast towards Irishman’s Point. Even though it wasn’t raining anymore, I still got soaked - I was walking through grass paths and fields so all the water from the overgrown plants was drenching my legs and my shoes. My hiking boots may be water resistant but after an hour and a half in a field my toes were ... read more
Rain drops
Unused and unloved bench
Abandoned house

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness March 28th 2014

So this weekend decided to treat myself for my birthday. So spent two days in Edinburgh and from there went to Fort William to take the train that goes up to Mallaig. Edinburgh is a very nice city with an interesting history. I got to stay at the Abbortsford guest house, that I do recommend, lovely rooms and excellent full scottish breakfast ! I got to walk around the old town, nice views from the castle. Visited the National Art Museum and the Edinburgh Museum that explains most of the town history. Then walked up the hill of the Holyrood park, up there you get a view of all the town and the surroundings. and finally, also went to the Botanic Garden Center, very nice and must be magnificent in spring and summer when all the ... read more
View from Holyrood hill
View from Holyrood hill
View from Holyrood hill

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness February 20th 2014

Decided to go up to Wick by train, as it is said it is one of the scenic train trips to do. And even if I thonk it was too much to do this on one day as 8 hours in all of train, I still was amazed of some of the sceneries I got to see. I think I'll never get bored of this landscape and going through these open spases where they is nothing else but wilderness !... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness January 25th 2014

Saturday evening I was kindly invited to the Burns Evening, an annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. I would like to thank Kenneth for this great evening party. I had very nice time and really enjoyed the music, the songs, the poems and espiacially the men in kilts :) For those who want to know a little more about the Burns Evening, see below The Legend of the Burns Supper. The Legend of the Burns Supper In 1801, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Robert Burns, nine men who knew him met for dinner in Burns Cottage in Alloway to celebrate his life and works. The Master of Ceremonies was a local minister a liberal theologian and an equally liberal host. Hamilton Paul and his guests shared Masonic brotherhood with Rabbie and ... read more
Andrew who welcomed us with the pipe
Kenneth & Andrew for the Haggis story

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness January 4th 2014

Arrived in Inverness on January 4th. What got me up here ? Work obviously !! Unfortunately can't go on moving around without a little bit of earning. Found a receptionist job in a 4 star hotel, the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel, feel free to go on the internet site, it's a nice hotel situated on the River Ness with two restaurants. http://www.glenmoristontownhouse.com/ It's now been two weeks I'm up here and enjoying myself. I've settled in a little home that I share with two other guys, that have a lot to learn on the cleaning side :) but they are very nice and helping me a lot on making me feel at home. Since I've arrived, I went to visit the famous Loch Ness and also was shown around the Black Isle. The landscape is beautiful ... read more
Inverness on a nice sunny day
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The Inverness Court

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness December 12th 2013

Just a few lines in order to update my latest moves and and show you a few sceneries. So here I am in Inverness, 2 weeks now and quite enjoying it. Before hand I spent my time with family, first near Dorchester, after near Swindon and then near Fraserburgh. It was good to see all of you and thankyou for welcoming me during Christmas & New Year, I really enjoyed it !! Here are a few pictures of the coast near Fraserburgh, sorry none of my few moves in England, the weather wasn't really the best for good pictures, how strange :) The Inverness pictures and surroundings will be on my next post.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Onich September 24th 2013

With a fair mileage to cover we didn’t want to be too late on the road this morning to get underway to the Highlands of Scotland and in particular, Onich, a small settlement on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Inspecting the overhead sky as dawn broke gave us the feeling that the drive at least for the early part would be in misty or foggy conditions. The ring road around the greater part of Edinburgh makes it easy to get from one side to another although today we only needed to use it to get us heading west on the M9 towards Stirling. From what we remembered from our last visit here there wasn’t a lot to see on the way to Stirling and anyway this morning the fog blanketed out everything down to 100 metres ... read more
It's always worrying when you see this sign.However we did make it over OK
Peaceful loch,The Trossachs
Fly fishing

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Loch Ness September 22nd 2013

Today is the day and it is time for me to search for my White Whale (Nessie). Woke up early and packed a day pack for the long coach ride up north. I had booked my tour with a company called Rabbies. It is not an infectious disease company but I thought the name was kind of funny so I chose them. Price was reasonable, only $40 Canadian. The tour was in a 16 seat coach and we had 14 people on this tour. It was a nice mix of people from a pair of sisters from Florida to a nice lady from Italy. On the way up to Loch Ness our driver, Graham told us about Scottish history and we stopped frequently to take pictures and to take breaks. I will say Scotland reminds a ... read more
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Mountains
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Beauly September 7th 2013

This is probably not going to be uploaded on time. I’ve been leaving these late. I suck. So today we went to Teawig, the family farm up in Beauly, near Inverness. To get there, we got up at eight. In the AM, the travesty. We walked to the train station and hopped on the next train to Inverness. We got first class tickets so we got a compartment all to ourselves. It was very Harry Potter, only there wasn’t a nice old lady selling sweets from a trolley. After getting to Inverness, we got very non-specific directions to the bus to Beauly, which was due in an hour. To kill time, we got some food (chicken nuggets and chips, thank you very much) and walked around a bit. We headed to the bus stop about fifteen ... read more
Pam and Finlay
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