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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Dundee January 21st 2020

Everyone will remember their marathon PB. Mine was set in Dundee in a typical dreich day with sleight falling for the second half of the race. I had felt very good travelling up and was delighted before hand to meet footballer Tommy Walker who had been a most cultured midfielder for Airdrie during the late seventies and early eighties. I will never forget the end of the race, clearing the finishing area and seeing my dad running towards me, my face etched in delight after crashing under three hours with eight minutes to spare. Bracing myself for congratulations, my old man’s first words were “Tommy Walker did 2:39”. Thanks Dad! 33 years have passed making the A to Z of Dundee in contrast to that day. There was a heatwave rather than snow and the run ... read more
Bash Street named after The Beanos finest
Caird Hall - or is it The kremlin
Chin up - its hot !

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Dundee February 23rd 2019

In my last blog, I concentrated on the "new kid on the block" in Dundee. The masses are gravitating to the redeveloped waterfront, but there is of course so much more to see. They say Dundee grew on the back of the 3 "J"s - Jute, Journalism and Jam - and probably the best place from which to appreciate the layout of the city is from The Law. The Law or Law Hill is a prominent landmark - an extinct volcano, former Iron age settlement, the scene of the start of the first Jacobite Rising in 1689 and home to the Dundee War Memorial unveiled in 1925. It offers a panoramic view over the city, the Perthshire hills to the north, Fife to the south and the Forth of Tay. The castle at Broughty Ferry can ... read more
McManus Galleries
Minnie The Minx
D C Thomson & Co

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Dundee February 22nd 2019

Scotland is a brave choice in February. The weather is not often the main reason to visit. I have just had another procedure on my face, so still sporting a fresh 2 1/2 inch scar the sun was not top of my priority list. I have yet to settle on my story .... 1980s football violence, glassed in a pub perhaps. The reality was more likely too much time watching cricket in Australia, so surely I would be safe from further damage watching a football match or two in the City of Discovery. The Other Half had noted that the new V&A Museum had opened since our last visit and pencilled it in as worthy of a trip, so I scoured other reasons for the revisit. Dundee FC v Hibs moved to a Friday night for ... read more
HMS Unicorn, Victoria Dock
Discovery Centre and V & A Dundee
North Carr Lightship, Victoria Dock

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Arbroath May 23rd 2018

We arrived in Arbroath late Sunday afternoon 20th May. Arbroath (Aberbrothic) is a former royal burgh and the largest town in the council area of Angus in Scotland, with a population of around 24,000. It lies on the North Sea coast between Dundee and Aberdeen and is well known for its fishing. It is also home to our lovely friends, Bob and Linda. We enjoyed their hospitality for the next three days. Again we were very fortunate to see the sights through the eyes of locals. The fishing boats in the harbour; the Abbey; the Murton Nature Reserve; Glamis Castle; Carnoustie Golf Course; eating Smokies down at Lunan Bay. Arbroath had a thriving fishing industry for many, many years. With changing conditions, fish processing has remained at Arbroath but the fish now comes from Peterhead (further ... read more
Arbroath Abbey
Glamis Castle
The last of the morning haar (Scottish sea mist)

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Montrose January 30th 2018

Well, it's been over a year since our trip to Italy and, as predicted, I've not been back to that post to updated it.... BUT I've had good reason, which will probably not be a surprise to anyone who has followed this for the last 8 years, but we've had another baby! Baby Martha was born on 11th November and is settling into our fit-to-burst home. I appreciate this has become less about travelling over the last few years but it's still relevant to our journey so here we are, our first year (2017) without a family trip abroad was completed with the arrival of Martha in mid November. So, what's been going on? Well Flynn has just turned four (it's the 30th of January 2018), Lois is away to turn NINE and Ella is six, ... read more
Lois and Daddy at Murrayfield
Chistmas nativity
ice skating

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 » Angus » Montrose April 20th 2016

I have always meant to keep this blog more up to date but life just seems to get in the way, I wanted to keep this more of a diary of our travels and trips but I’ve not succeeded in that aim, as always I will plan to do so going forward! So, where are we – April 2016, we’re still in the same house and I’m still working the same job. The kids are well, seven, four and two year olds now, work is going well - very busy with some travel to the Middle East (Doha, Abu Dhabi, Muscat) America (Denver, Houston, Austin) and Europe (Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Vilnius) since I last wrote here. Fiona gave up her job with the NHS and is now starting a private practice for Speech and Language Therapy ... read more
Ella as Jessie on her birthday
A rare night out
Peter Pan Park

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Carnoustie August 23rd 2015

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Kirriemuir June 9th 2015

The day started well and we set off to The Glens, a journey of about 15 miles through some beautiful countryside. We finally arrive at the Glen Doll Forestry Commission complex on the eastern side of the Cairngorm Mountains and prepared ourselves for a fairly difficult climb to the huge basin that is the Corrie Fee, Corrie Fee is truly dramatic, a massive bowl scooped out by a glacier, it is a National Nature Reserve. The climb is through forests and alongside a white water stream. It takes about an hour to walk the two miles and when you eventually emerge from the forest it is just like walking into an amphitheatre. It is awe inspiring to think that several million years ago this basis would have been filled with ice about a 100 metres deep. ... read more

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