Published: July 5th 2005July 2nd 2005
Scotland's legendary & sexiest hairy coo
Scotland Is Beautiful.
I think someone is telling porky pies about the weather in Scotland.. I was there for 10 days and it rained in total about 1/2 a day...
Spent a few days in Edinburgh seeing the sites, visiting the pubs and meeting the people.
There are a huge number of non-Scots in Edinburgh and, as I found out later, it's not a place to judge the rest of Scotland by. It's more the multi-cultural tourist centre for access into Scotland than anything else. A few good things to see though so it's a must-see. Heaps of souvenir shopping should give it away as the tourist type of place it is.
I also went on a 6 day bus tour and saw so much more than I ever thought was possible or even existed.
I visited the real
William Wallace monument, Rob Roy's grave, Eilean Donan Castle, found out what Hairy Coos were, cruised on the Loch Ness, visited an original Scotch Whiskey distillery (including the after-tour sampling of the goods!), saw Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK, the most gorgeous scenery and waterfalls, historic landmarks and so much more..
And from the guides, I learnt
Portculis Edinburgh Castle
4 gates in 1.. and I'm inside them all..
heaps about the history and stories of Scotland.
If I didn't have to leave Scotland for the tour I'd already booked I wouldn't have. It was gorgeous. The scenery, the people, the history. The weather was so brilliant when I was there I even started on my tan! But even with some of the gloomy 'moody weather' as I like to term it, it was still a stunning place.
I'm looking for volunteers to accompany me on a trek of 'The West Highland Way'.
It's a historic trail linking the Scottish lowlands and highlands. Starting on the outskirts of Glasgow, along the shores of Loch Lomond to Fort William ending at the foot of Ben Nevis.
About 92 miles and 6-8 days depending on pace. There is a law of trespass in Scotland which allows you to camp anywhere as long as you let the landowner know. (No it doesn't allow you to stay there indefinately.)
So, hiking in Scotland anyone?
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