Chris Keefe


Chris Keefe

Chris and Dot - sisters enjoying traveling adventures

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland May 28th 2019

What a relief-no more driving. Dropped the car off at Hertz-very dissapointing experience there to tarnish our last day-will explain below. Last day of vacation. Full travel day tomorrow. We left Stirling and made 2 castle stops our way to Edinburgh. We really liked our B&B in Stirling. Perfected situated just outside of town so it was quiet, but just a short walk to the Castle and the downtown restaurants. As you will see in the was a SUNNY DAY. Our first in a couple of weeks. Our first stop today was Linlithgow Castle. This is a shell, but you can climb all over it. For Outlander fans, this is the castle they used it for Wentworth Prison. You can see 5 or 6 stories clearly. Lots of pics below. It is a huge complex. ... read more
Linlithgow Castle
Up on the ramparts of Linlithgow Castle
Castle was 5 or 6 stories high

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire May 27th 2019

We heard some interesting anecdotes today. Not sure if they are true - you be the judge. We drove to the historic town of Culross, a village trapped in time and now being preserved by the National Trust of Scotland. While touring the main house in town, we came to to the large dining room. The docent told us where some phrases originated: In the dining room was a long table, which she said is really just a Board placed on a trestle that could be dismantled when not in use to make more room. So...the table is called a Board. 1. According to the laws of hospitality in Scotland back then, if someone knocked on your door you were obligated to provide a room and shelter for the night. If you also provided them a ... read more
I guess that dates the garden
Nice garden feature
Exterior view of the main house from the garden terrace

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire May 26th 2019

Last night we walked down the street for dinner (in the rain of course). We went to Clan MacDuff restaurant. It was pretty good. They had a tasting of 4 local whiskeys so I tried that. Pictures here in the blog with the descriptions. My favorite was the 1st one and my least favorite was the last one, from the islands with the smokey flavor. I had the sea bass on top of potatoes and rocket (very grassy salad greens) with shrimp and chorizo. Pics in the blog. Dot chose the fish of the day - haddock lightly crusted in pistachio crumbs. Both pretty good. For dessert I decided to stray away from chocolate for a change and tried the Bread and Butter Pudding. The waiter suggested having it with both custard and ice cream - ... read more
Since we walked to dinner....
Detail of the 4 whiskeys
Sea bass on top of mashed potatoes (hidden underneath)

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 25th 2019

Too tired to write last night, so you are stuck with two days worth. We have decided we must be weak hikers. Everyone around us is going on these super long hikes. They German guy who sat next to us at breakfast was going to catch a bus, hike up to Old Man of Storr, but then walk back to the B&B. Easily 30 miles. We drove both ways of course and just did the hiking part of the hike. Oh well. We still have fun. We said goodbye to the Isle of Skye yesterday and made our way to Fort William. Instead of leaving by the Skye Bridge, we took the ferry with our car. It was my first car ferry. They really pack the cars in there. I didn't think there was anyway everyone ... read more
Another bridge
Pretty view on Isle of Skye
Harbor where we will catch the Ferry

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 23rd 2019

It's official: we are starting to blend in. We were walking through downtown Portree on the Isle of Skye and some guy on the street needed help and asked if we were locals. Plus, at dinner tonight we weren't engaging in conversations with our neighbors because we were surrounded by strange languages. But when the guy at the next table went to use the WC, I asked his girlfriend if they were on Holiday. They are on holiday and are from the Netherlands. She asked if we were from Skye! And that was after I opened my mouth! We have been gone over a week and we have become so European, and we still have almost a week left! We started the day with a drive to a new hiking spot: The Fairy Pools Hike. I ... read more
One of the many waterfalls we hiked to this morning
This entire area was gorgeous
Top of one of the hikes

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland May 22nd 2019

Today was our first full day on the Isle of Skye. After breakfast at our B&B we headed out for sightseeing and hiking. The scenery on the Isle of Sky is breathtaking and the pictures don't begin to do it justice. It is an island, so a lot of the driving was along the rugged coastline. It was a challenging drive this morning: a one lane narrow road with 2 -way traffic. There are many niches along the road for you to pull over slightly so the oncoming traffic can drive past you. It is a constant game of chicken. After a while I got used to it, until we turned off the main (1-lane) road onto a a much narrower 1 lane road. That was more challenging, but we got lucky and didn't have to ... read more
You can almost see the waterfall
Chris at one of the many scenic overlooks
Baby sheep hiding under the picnic table

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 21st 2019

Italics are Dot's comments Note: If you click on the first picture within the blog, you can scroll through all the pictures and skip the blog. :) Isle of Sky Poem (and the theme song from Outlander) Sing me a song of a lad that is gone, Say, could that lad be I? Merry of soul he sailed on a day, Over the sea to Skye. Instead of sailing, we are driving to Skye today. From Inverness to the Isle of Skye. It is a very scenic drive and luckily, pretty easy 2 lane road driving. We had several stops planned along the way. The beginning of the drive was along Loch Ness, so of course we had to stop at the cheesy Loch Ness visitor center. It was surprisingly interesting and worth the stop. Then ... read more
Chris with the submarine that looked for the Loch Ness Monster
Urquhart Castle, with Loch Ness in the background
My favorite toy, the Trebuchet

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 20th 2019

There are 32 photos after the blog. So the electric shower was somewhat anticlimactic. Hit the "on" button, and that's it. Simplest shower we have had yet. (Each one is usually a challenge.) I had plenty of hot water. Amazing. We have also noticed they don't use top sheets here. They have your base sheet, but on top is a comforter that is sort of covered in a sheet. A combination, I guess. We have had that in every B&B so far. All the window have been difficult to open - Dot has been handling that. So far, the rain has been very off and on. Rains some, then stops. It rained hardest when we were driving from Edinburgh to Inverness. It hasn't poured like it does at home, but it can sprinkle pretty steadily. We ... read more
Hut on Culloden Battlefield
At Culloden-Clan Donald
Clan Donald Marker at Culloden

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 19th 2019

There are 31 photos at the end. Something for everyone. We started our morning in Edinburgh and took an Uber to the Hertz car rental at the airport. Our Uber lady was super nice and was giving me round-about tips as we drove the the airport. Roundabouts themselves don't bother me, until they have multiple lanes. Then they get a little crazy and she had some good suggestions about which lane to be in. You can't just hang out in the outer lane all the way around or you mess everybody up. Never knew that. In the Hertz line, we were, of course, surrounded by Americans. the couple in front of us were from Seattle - Maggie: I have met so many people over here from Seattle - what's up? They were still a little jet-lagged ... read more
For the car buffs- it is a Vauxhaul Corsa
Blair Castle
Cute little bridge over the brook/moat

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland May 18th 2019

There are 22 photos - scroll way down to the bottom after the blog to see them. If you click on the first photo within the blog it will take you through the photos. It was a wonderful day. We didn't have to talk to anyone. Those of you who read yesterday's blog will understand that comment. There were other Americans at breakfast - we didn't say a word, just sat a little away from everyone. We are at our B&B in Edinburgh. The shower is HUGE compared to our shower in London. I can turn around with out bumping the water off. The controls are a little weird. Lot of trial and error to get hot water, but it works. Both places we have stayed so far have towel rack warmers. Must be the thing ... read more
Fun T Shirt
Chris and Greyfrier Bobby
Greyfrier Bobby's Grave

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