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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye October 17th 2010

Our last day and the weather feels the same way we do.... overcast, misty, foggy, rain.... Now this is what we expected from Scotland!!! Earlier we mentioned the roadkill of pheasants, well Elke spotted a whole flock on the side of the road... Driving on narrow roads exciting - add rain and fog... priceless. Made our way back to Edinburgh for the last night and Elke couldn't stand it any longer so we went to an Italian restaurant. This just didn't sit well so after dinner we stopped at a pub for beer (mmmm), scotch (double yum) and STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING (yahoo!) Next morning we got lost 2 or 3 times trying to get to the airport ( damned roundabouts) but were sucessful with not adding any gas and arrived on fumes. I will add ... read more
half tester
Eilean Donan

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye October 16th 2010

Our journey today takes us around the loop of north Isle of Skye. A few things impact us as we drive around. First lots of sheep, everwhere. Second, clear cutting forestry. Makes for easier tree removal but for horrible scenery. It does however allow for a clearer view of the mountains. Made a quick visit to THE jewellry shop on the island which is the home of Skye Silver. Purchases were made.... nuff said. For a change the skies were clear. Whether these creatures were always there and just hidden in the shrouds of mist or the Tourism deperatment of Scotland brought them out for the tourists doesn't matter, i tried to stop and see all of them. We started to play a game I called springing sheep. The roads are narrow enough that you can ... read more
Morning in Ullinish
Skye Silver

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye October 15th 2010

First i must apologise that we have not kept up to date with our travelblog installment.. due to circumstances beyond our control - mainly... no internet service in the north of the Isle of Skye... go figure... Left the Glengarry Hotel and drove to Isle of Skye, stopping at Eilean Donan Castle for pictures and a visit to the gift shoppe. Crossed over the causeway bridge on to Skye. Our adventure takes us to Elgol where I was trying to take a Kodiak ride to see wildlife. Bad news… due to the weather the tour has been cancelled. Good news… we found a tea shop run by an aging hippie. He was really happy that we ordered a machiatto (he could disply his skills with the espresso machine) and had some cheese and garlic scones. These ... read more
Glen Shiel
Road sign

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool October 14th 2010

Today's challenge... get back before dinner.... We're going to explore some of the western highlands and sea coast. Notrh to Inverness and then point towards the sea...... whoops there's a distillery over there.... Good news - bad news. Bad news first... the distillery is doing a complete overhaul so there is no tour thru the plant. The good news... the tourist center is still open and we get to do tastings!!!! Tried the Singelton 12 yr old..... lordy is that stuff smooth. 2 years ago they started to finish the curing by putting it into bourbon and sherry barrels. OK now that we are all liqoured up, back into the car... We are now convinced that all road engineers in the UK are permanently drunk. Hills, winding roads, 3 lanes 2 lanes, no lanes, dips, cattle ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Mallaig October 13th 2010

First excursion heading west into some unexplored sea coast areas. We were looking for the sea coast and the small villages there. Things of note... there are no sugar maples here so the colours are very muted, shades of yellows and browns. Also the skies were over cast and very grey. Combine this with all of the exposed rock and photography becomes very challenging. We drove some.... hmmmmm interesting roads (yeah that's the right phrase). The roads are roughly 8 feet wide (less in some points) and certainly not in a straight line. Throw in some hidden driveways, blind hills and switchbacks - makes for some excitement. Finally made it to the end of the road in Mallaig (no really the road ended) and stopped for a seafood lunch (smoked salmon, mussels in white wine sauce ... read more
Glenfinnan Monument
Deer on the Mountain
Thistles on the bank of the loch

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Invergarry October 12th 2010

Back on the road again.... NO THE OTHER SIDE!!!! my mantra stay to the left, stay to the left.... Driving the M & A series roads (400 series) is not that hard, it is when you move over to the secondary roads that things get interesting. We drove from Edinburgh to Invergarry stopping for a short tour at Edradour, Scotland's smallest distillery. They produce in 1 year what the larger ones produce in 1 week. Only 90,000 litres per year of hand crafted wonderfullness!!! They have 3 full time employees taking care of the 2 small stills. Hard to believe but it is available at the LCBO. The farther we drove north the better the weather became and when we saw the horses at the side of the road it was all clear skies. Got checked ... read more
Edradour Main bldgs
Pitlochry side st.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 11th 2010

Well we made it! Flight was fairly smooth, only a couple of bumpy spots and even they weren't too bad. However... neither of us slept very well. I watched 2 movies and 1/2 of the big bang theory. We have found another HUGE airport (also under construction) and of course we had to walk the entire length to connect to our flight to Edinburgh. A quick ride up and then down again and Bob's your uncle we were back in Alba. A short walk to find the car park (yeah right) (made even longer by hauling all of the luggage). OK here we go - wrong side of the road, wrong side of the car... hey it's not so bad... With some excellent navigation (by memory) we got to our hotel. Short rest, deep breath and ... read more
Holyrood Palace Fountain
Holyrood left tower
Unicorn COA

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 20th 2010

19 days to go!!!! OK, planning complete, car rental done. Our plan is to start in Edinburgh and cover some places that we missed (scotch distilleries). Holyrood palace and the underground city for example. Then with our rented car we will brave the UK roads once again and head for the HIGHLANDS (& scotch distilleries). I am looking into an offhsore adventure around the Cuillen mountains but alas it looks like Sassenach will no join me... It will be intersting to see how the highland colours compare to ours in North America. Oh and hopefully we will visit a couple of Scotch distilleries..... HAGGIS!!!!!!... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Pickering July 22nd 2009

Well here we are back home again. The flight seemed like forever. Slightly bumpy over northern Quebec. Final pictures are here and we're glad to be back. (you don't hear that much from people on holidays) I will publish the final stats in one last blog. Added some missed pictures.... read more
Arc & me

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City July 20th 2009

It's been 2 days in a whirlwind visit to Paris. Hop on Hop off tour thru the entire city on day 2 followed by the full day tour to the Palace of Versailles on day 3. Today (day 4) was a travel day that started with shopping on the Champs Elysees ( ok Elke was doing the shopping while I was watching and avoiding the gypsies). Now I don't know if anyone else who has travelled thru Paris has come across them or if this is a new phenomenon but OMG you can't believe how many times you will get approached and asked for money. To the point where I was actually telling them quite loudly to go away and leave me alone. Elke threatened to use her cell phone and call the gendarmes. OK enough ... read more
Seine cruise

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