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I like to travel, but I am not much of a writer. This blog is mostly for me and my friends who are interested in following me on my travels.



Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Pitlochry August 6th 2016

I was so excited, I could barely sleep last night. Today, I visit my friend, Mary, in Pitlochry. At breakfast, I met two lovely ladies from Belfast, Ireland. We talked about all sorts of things. Most especially, I wish I had met them the night before, then I could have gone to a pub with them to listing to Scottish music. Oh well. Afterwards, I made my way to the train station from the B&B and it was a slow progress since I had luggage. As the train was at 8:30am, I didn't want to take a chance and wait for the bus, so I walked. The train journey was very nice. As travel by airplane has become so time consuming, hazardous and petty by the airlines (charging fees for every little thing, pretty soon they ... read more
Main Thoroughfare of Moulin
Bustling downtown of Moulin
Distance to Local Attractions in Moulin

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 5th 2016

Once again, I had a nice big breakfast before I headed out. This morning, I was taking the city bus to the Culloden Battle Site. Here is a very, very brief history lesson as to why this battle came about on Apirl 16, 1746. When Queen Elizabeth died without heirs, her cousin's (Mary Queen of Scots) son became King of England (James I) and Scotland (James VI) of the House of Stuart. Here also is the execution of Charles I (son), Oliver Cromwell and no monarchy, Restoration of Charles II (grandson). His other grandson, James II & VII, who was a Roman Catholic, eventually became king. This made the Protestant nobles of England very glittery. So, his Protestant son-in-law and nephew, William of Orange, was prevailed upon to land an invasion from the Netherlands, which he ... read more
Battle of Culloden Sight
Field where Battle of Culloden was fought
Field where Battle of Culloden was fought


As I am returning the car today by 4pm in Inverness, I had to get an early start. After checking out of the hostel, I grabbed something to eat and drove to Kyle of Lochalsh over the Skye Bridge. The drive was straight forward, but because of the narrow and winding roads, it took 2 hours. About 10 miles east of Kyle of Lochalsh is the small village of Dornie where three lochs meet, sitting on a island is the most photographed and picturesque castle in Scotland - Eilean Donan Castle. Although, this castle was built in the thirteenth century, the many clashes between the Scots and the Brits destroyed the original structure. The castle that stands today was restored in the twentieth century. This castle was featured in many movies (including an Indian Hindi movie), ... read more
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
Entrance to the castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye August 2nd 2016

First full day in Isle of Skye, and it is raining. I slept in for a little longer today. After breakfast, I drove to the town of Portree, the capitol of Isle of Skye. Thank God, the roads here are not single track. I had planned on doing one of the popular, difficult hikes today, but because of of the rain, I cancelled the hike. If it was a trail I know or if I was hiking with someone else, then I would have considered hiking in the rain, but that is not an option by myself. Instead, I parked in town and checked out my options in the Visitor's Center. They recommended doing an easy circular hike nearby, or what I though was an easy hike. The hike itself was easy, but the trail was ... read more
Portree Harbor
Portree Harbor
Portree Harbor

Europe August 1st 2016

Today is travel day, from Oban to Isle of Skye......on the way, I will be stopping at Glencoe. Better know as "Weeping Glen," even though the tragedy that happened here is more than 300 years ago, it is not forgotten by the Scots. More on this later. I made arrangements to have breakfast early today, at 7am, so that I can get a early start. Like yesterday, I put the croissant & cheese sandwich and some fruit in my backpack for a snack. It was a beautiful day with hardly any clouds, of course, that could change any minute. The drive to Glencoe took about 1 hour, since nothing is open this early, I decided to do a short hike to Signal Rock. The trail was muddy since it had rained the night before. After the ... read more
On the hike to Signal Rock
On the hike to Signal Rock
Hiking trail

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Mull July 31st 2016

Today is Sunday, which means everything is either closed or opens late. I had decided to take a tour that does island hopping, and the earliest tour starts at 10am. I had leisurely breakfast at my B&B - it was a feast, prepared by the hostess. The choices were either a full Scottish breakfast (Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Tomato, Black Pudding, Mushrooms, Potato Scone) or, in my case, an extended continental breakfast, which included Scots Porridge with honey and heavy cream, 2 croissants with butter and jam, a very large platter of fruits, veggies, and various types of cheeses. Of course, a choice of 3 cereals, toast, orange juice, choice of coffee or tea goes without saying. I loved the porridge, but I could only sample the fruits and cheese platter as it was so big. I ... read more
Oban Harbor
Oban Harbor
From the ferry - on the way to Mull

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban July 30th 2016

Today is the day I go to pick up my rental car in Glasgow. After breakfast, I packed up my stuff and the lady at the B&B said that I could leave my things in my room until I come back as she had no one else staying there at the moment. Since I still had time before I take the train to Glasgow, I went to visit the National Portrait Gallery which was very close to my B&B. Again, I followed the self-guided listing in my guide book. Dragging my luggage to the train station was a bit of a hassle, since the walk was uphill, at least it made me burn off some of the excellent breakfast that I ate. There is a train to Glasgow every hour on the hour, and for some ... read more
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Statue of Robert Burns
Rental Car

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 29th 2016

After breakfast, I decided to tour the Edinburgh Castle, so I got there by 9am. The line for tickets is long but it moves quickly. There are lots of things to see at this castle. The ticket comes with a 30 minute tour, right of the bat, the tour guide started with the inaccuracy of movies - namely Mel Gibson's Braveheart. Movies, she said, take poetic license to make the stories more interesting. Among other things, Robert the Bruce was considered "Braveheart" not William Wallace and they did not paint their faces. Despite all the inaccuracies, she did say, that such movies do peak people's interest which is always good for tourism. Among the things to see at the castle: Scottish Crown Jewels - not much compared to England's Crown Jewels, but the most important thing ... read more
Castle Entrance
War memorial
St Margaret's Chapel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 29th 2016

I started my journey yesterday, when my neighbor gave me a ride to the Beacon Metro North Station. The journey to Grand Central Station was uneventful, but once I got outside, the airport shuttle service I had used before wasn't there anymore. Admittedly, I hadn't used this service in the last 4 years. In all my preparations for this trip, I didn't check this....I naturally assume it would be there. I asked the nearby newspaper vendor and he pointed me in the right direction, the location was moved to a few blocks away. Considering I was taking an international flight and the horror stories I heard about long lines at security check at the airport, I was nervous until I found the shuttle location, paid and sat down. As it turned out, the rest of the ... read more
My B&B
My B&B
Edinburgh Pubs

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia August 31st 2015

Today, Jason and Lynn had to leave for work early, so they asked me to paint some pieces of wood for a project Jason is working on. I woke up at 9:00 am, had breakfast and started painting. By 11:00 am, the job was finished but I was so tired I decided to take a nap. This is very unusual for me. After waking up, I was still feeling drowsy, so I took a shower to clear my head. I had a late lunch while reading some of the tourist material i picked up and then decided to go for a drive. But first, I had to get some coffee. It was after 1:00 pm and I still haven't had my morning coffee! After stopping off at the local cafe, I took Route 3 and drove ... read more
Day 3.2
Day 3.3
Day 3.4




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