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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Peterhead October 18th 2014

Today we left Edinburgh in the dark. Sunrise at roughly 7:45. drove through the winding streets looking for the large bridge over the Firth of Forth (just love saying that). (don't forget to scroll down for more pictures) We will hug the coast thru the Kingdom of Fife and avoided the larger highways. Our first stop was for coffee in Anstruther where we snapped a few pic's of the harbour. Back on the road to Arbroath for lunch at the Bell Rock restaurant for a buffet which had a lot of the favourites that are needed when in Scotland. Battered & fried, blood pudding, mealy pudding, sausages, fish (regular & spicy), mushrooms, boneless rib and sticky toffee pudding. OK just kidding about the pudding. Around the corner was the Arbroath Abbey. This was a religious site ... read more
St. Andrews Beach
Steep steps

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 17th 2014

Loooonnnggg flight. Air Transat has modeled their business platform after those successful sardine canning companies. The flight was smooth but we were packed in tight. A little bumpiness but other wise very smooth. We were wondering if the pilots had made a wrong turn over Greenland because after landing in Glasgow there was a slight sprinkle & then the clouds cleared out and we had blue skies over Edinburgh. Check the map...we are in Scotland right? The first stop was at the Falkirk Wheel. Nope it is not a tire swing in a farmers field. It is an engineering marvel. Designed to connect the canal system between Glasgow & Edinburgh it raises and lowers boats over 35 meters. Extremely quiet and very smooth. Elke was in the gift shop and didn't see it run the first ... read more
Falkirk Wheel
Falkirk Wheel
Elke & Rainbow

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 18th 2014

Our next trip will be taking us through the highlands to the northern tip of the mainland. We will be visiting some new places and returning to some favourites. More castles, mountains, abbeys....and of course a wee dram a some more distilleries. Heading into Glasgow we will pick up a rental car and drive to Edinburgh for our first leg. No pictures yet...wait till we get there.... CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 more sleeps... test... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond July 14th 2012

Got up early and met with Lori & Nigel and headed off to the town of Balloch for their famous Highland Games. OOOOOOOPPPPPssss someone forgot to update their website and tell the rest of the world that they had cancelled their Games! Rescheduled for Sept if you are interested. At visitor info we learned that there was another Highland Games 1 hour up the road in Alva. Away we go! Found a central seat and enjoyed simultaneaously... the heavies (caber tossing, Hammer throw etc), Highland dancing, races both foot & cycling, pipe bands and the high point was the hill climbing race. Now pictures this - a cross country race, thru the mud around the track across the golf course and up the hill. Hill!!! are you kidding me thats not a hill its a mountain. ... read more
weight throw for height
caber toss

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Anstruther July 14th 2012

Picturesque drive along the coast north east of Edinburgh. First stop Aberdour to see the oldest Castle in Scotland and the church (kirk) that is still in use on the grounds. We had a breakfeast at the tea room of scones & jam with coffee and then head back out on the road.. OH wait!!!! that's Nigel & Lori and the kids pullling in!!! It seems they are following us!!!! This is their day to do the same route as us. Next stop was Anstruther where we decided to NOT take the bob & puke tour to the Isle of May. BUT... Nigel & Lori did decide take the 3 hour tour. I think they are stalking us.... Stopped at world famous Anstruther Fish & Chip restaurant.. Wow this is the best fish and chips we ... read more
Anstruther Fish & Chips
St. Andrwes the Old Course
St. Andrews Beach

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Anstruther July 13th 2012

Sorry guys - no blog tonight - we will double up tomorrow.. Got in real late.... scotch whiskey & a really good folk singer... you get the picture.. Loch Lomond Highland Games tomorrow.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » East Lothian » Tranent July 12th 2012

South East Coast of Scotland A very long day of driving and touring. Started off with a distillery visit (shouldn't every day??). Glenkinchie - one of 2 lowland distilleries. Very light tasting treat. We then moved on to visit Melrose Abbey. At one time the monks here had the largest sheep herd in Europe. Originally settled in the 1100's it went thru many changes. The key item here is the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart. The story goes that before he died, Robert wanted to go to the crusades but he died before going there. One of his comrades gathered up the heart and tried to take it there but he died before completing the task. Robert's heart was brought back to one of his favourite places and buried on these grounds. We then ... read more
Melrose Abbey
Robert the Bruce
Alnwick Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 11th 2012

A day in Edinburgh Slept in till 9:30 today. Went across the street from our hotel to a small pub for a small breakfast today - couldn't seem to manage the big full Scottish breakfast again today. We then started off on our sightseeing excursion of the Royal Mile area. Elke went in to the bookies (Ladbrokes),similar to Peter Barlows's bookies for those of you who are Coronation St. fans, and placed a 1 GBP bet on the dog races. Unfortunately her dog came in 3rd, so no winings, but an interesting new experience all the same. Next stop was Morrison's kilt makers where we learned everything we needed to know about kilts and then some, and will be able to order a Scottish-made kilt for Don once we've paid for this trip, as they are ... read more
John Knox House
James Mossman
Writing desk of John Knox

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Pitlochry July 10th 2012

Another rainy day - even the locals say they have never had such a cold rainy summer. Nigel provided us with a delicious breakfeast feast this morning - black pudding, mealy pudding, sausages, baked beans eggs and potato scones. So with this fortifying breakfeast under our belts we all headed out for a day of sightseeing and scotch tasting about 1.5 hours north of Edinburgh in a town called Pitlochry. This is the home of our favourite distillery Edradour. We aslo had a fabulous lunch at the Auld Smitty where we have eaten several times before and were happy to introduce Lori & Nigel to their delicious menu. After some shopping in this quaint little town we headed several miles down the road to Stanley Mills an old mill house that had a collection of cotton ... read more
Dalhousie balcony
Roslin Gargoyle
Roslin Chapel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Penicuik July 9th 2012

Sorry guys, no pictures today as we spent the evening with Lori & Nigel and ran out of time to upload the pics. Started our day at the Dalhousie Castle with a huge traditional Scottish breakfast (haggis, black pudding, sausage, back bacon, fried mushrooms, tomato, potato scones and eggs. Wow, didn't eat again until dinner time. Checked out of the castle (many thanks to the FANTASTIC staff at Dalhousie Castle) and visited Roslin Chapel and Roslin Castle. We then made our way to Lori & Nigel's place in Balerno, SW of Edinburgh with a few detours along the way as we got lost a few times (tree covered road signs). Finally made it by 2:30 pm, 1/2 hr. ahead of schedule. Did some drinking and catching up and then made our way to a famous local ... read more

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