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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 24th 2017

Day spent driving around on the hop on hop off bus just orientating ourselves around what for us is a new city. Some parts of Glasgow are as I anticipated, that is, pretty tough looking and fairly brutal (in their architectur!) but there are some charming sections for sure. It's not as old as Edinburgh and most buildings have been bombed, burnt or just bashed down under the banner of urban renewal so the city sprawls out in a manner that 'old Edinburgh' does not. Additionally the M8 motorway cuts through the city like some ugly scar meaning that in some areas the constant noise of traffic is the background to any conversation. Apparently the Clyde Bridge on the M8 has the greatest traffic flow, or traffic density, of any river bridge in Europe. I'll listen ... read more
Airbnb kitchen at breakfast time.
From our Glasgow Airbnb.
On the hop on hop off bus.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 22nd 2017

Sorry, absolutely no chance of any blogging last night due to extreme intoxication. The photos were downloaded prior to me going on a 'pub crawl' so here they are.... read more
Us at Hollyroodhouse, no queen.
No it wasn't raining.
I'll just go in here and see if she home!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 20th 2017

It's not a castle, fortress, battlement, cathedral, church, abbey, tomb, cemetery, crypt or even a golf course! In fact I'd be surprised if you've ever seen anything like this. It's one of only two (pretty sure) boat lifting wheels in the world. And it is amazing! And it is big. Spectacular yet very, very effective and efficient. It consumes the equivalent amount of electricity as 8 electric kettles when lifting 250 tons! It's an engineering marvel (and possibly a work of art?) that lifts vessels almost 30 m into the air and deposits them back in the canal ready to continue up or down stream. The photos tell the story but I was particularly impressed and certainly glad we took the time to visit. Next big thing. The Antonine Wall. Well pretty big. It's the poor ... read more
The Falkirk Wheel. It lifts boats 27 m!
The Falkirk Wheel.
On the boat at The Falkirk Wheel.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 19th 2017

Spoiler alert. I'm not dead or dying. Some how my 'life saving' medication ran out this morning and whereas I though I had another box I didn't. The box was simply aspirin and not the real thing. So here I am in a strange city (well Stirling isn't that strange really) without my medication. Pleading my innocent tourist story failed miserably at 2 pharmacies and I thought I would need to make an appointment with a GP (is my life worth that much?) or go spend the next eternity at the local A and E hospital. Neither option appealed. I ended up at a clinic in the city and the receptio and doctor treated me as an emergency case, prescribed medication as required and did not charge anything. Moreover even the script is free in Scotland ... read more
Stirling Castle, through the garden to the 'ladies tower'.
From Stirling Castle to William Wallace Monument.
The great ceiling of the Great Hall, Stirling Castle. (no nails or screws!)

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 18th 2017

Another win with Airbnb. Terrific Edwardian period house in what is obviously quite a prestigious neighbourhood and a room with the biggest king size bed I've ever seen. The fittings are lovely, the ceilings at least 12 feet high and the house is resplendent with all the facilities we could possibly need or want. The host is charming and even her dogs are delightful. She has an Airdale that is really good, he's big but not wiry like you usually see them. The only rule here that the dogs are not allowed in our room because they would be straight onto the bed. The bed would easily accommodate us and dogs but the white linen sheets may not look as pristine as they do now! It was golf course day today. We drove to the Carnoustie ... read more
Same without me in the window.
Carnoustie Golf Club (surprisingly boring shot!).
Carnoustie's 18th.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Dundee September 17th 2017

Walk around Dundee day. Through the pedestrian mall, past the statues, to the Science Centre, around to the Discovery and Discovery Centre, along the waterfront to the Unicorn and finally to a cafe for hot chocolate. The centres were a bit expensive and Lee a bit tired, not a great combination! So it's to the cafe whilst I have a little sight seeing walk but really it's just a day for looking around the city centre. Our turreted bedroom accommodation is quite a dominant feature of the cityscape here, really the dominant feature if the church spires are discounted, which makes navigating through the town rather easy. The buildings are a combination of old and new that sit quite comfortably with each other. Along the waterfront buildings are springing up aimed at that same market niche ... read more
Us and the dragon (say nothing!).
Desperate Dan (local icon but I can't find the storyline).
Desperate Dan, Mini the Minx and Lee.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Dundee September 16th 2017

The 'fairytale castle' is our accommodation for our two nights here in Dundee. Really it's a rabbit warren of rooms and stairwells in an old converted mill but from the outside it looks quite magical. Our room is the one that incorporates the right hand turret and bedroom. It's large and comfy although the three flights of stairs may take a toll (and no that's not 'take a troll!). We left our last Airbnb with another packed lunch full of treats which is a delightful gesture and one much appreciated. I set off to the Point of Sleat which I thought was going to be 'plenty of sleet' as it was raining heavily as we drove but much to our surprise the rain eased (it didn't stop) to bearable and I was able to do the ... read more
To the Point of Sleat. Last walk?
Cute direction markers. 1.
Not so cute direction marker. The scratching out is deliberate as the distance is out.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye September 15th 2017

O'er the sea at Skye! It's taken a while but we managed to get a sailing day. Can it be called sailing when it's a ferry? Pretty good day here on Skye, which equates to pretty ugly day anywhere else but the boats at least set out from Elgol (how Viking is that) and headed around Skyle behind the Cuillins (a scraggy range of hills/mountains/munros) that are lovely and scenic and imposing and challenging and scary to a docking quite close to Loch Coruisk. The Loch is really only accessible via the ferry (or an arduous climb/hike over the Cuillins) and is a bit of a walkers paradise. We didn't have time (or energy!) to go around the Loch and were content with a picnic by the shore, which despite the omnipresent threat of rain, we ... read more
Skye views! Glorious.
To our Airbnb at Drumfearn.
Elgol to the Loch. Loch Coruisk.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Aviemore September 12th 2017

Ben Macdui, the UK's second highest peak. If you want to know what it's like at the top, STOP READING. It wasn't the fact that the temperature when I started was 4 degrees, it wasn't that the wind was howling and dropping the temperature even more, it wasn't that rain would sweep in and out at regular intervals, it wasn't that cloud obstructed my views for most of the walk, it wasn't that the track rose 900 m (with the expected drop in temperature of a degree for every 100m), it wasn't that the track was nothing but rocks for about 2 km, it wasn't even the difficulty discerning the path. BUT when it started snowing/sleeting the combination of all the factories saw me turn and retreat. The cloud and mist was so thick that I ... read more
He knew something I didn't!
Started out OK. Ben Macdui here I come.
Just coat, jumper, T-shirt and walk top.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Loch Ness September 11th 2017

Loch Ness day. A drive around Loch Ness, punctuated by hot chocolates, several photo stops and a picnic by the lake. All good and some brief periods of sunshine made it quite an enjoyable excursion. Loch Ness is certainly more atmospheric in the mist and rain and it takes on a more foreboding and eerie nature and one significantly more conducive to Nessie spotting but it was good to see it with the sun shining. The north side is considerably more popular and populated than the south. On the north side tourist coaches and pubs are common whilst on the south side the road is one lane with those 'passing places' sprinkled along its length. They are some delightful little villages on both sides but on the south side there are no tourist souvenir shops at ... read more
Sometimes I'm just funny.
Messy by the swing bridge.
No it's not!

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