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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Ayr June 29th 2018

Whilst up in Scotland visiting the in laws before we start our travels abroad we had a day trip to Culzean castle. This beautiful esatate is owned by the national trust for Scotland (English national trust membership works here too). The house has been renovated to a very high standard with the original features restored. We were fortunate to arrive in time for a free guided tour. The castle is beside the sea and we spent hours walking around the extensive grounds, looking at the walled garden and pottering along the sea front. Expensive if you’re not a national trust member but well worth the visit.... read more
Culzean Castle
Seaside stroll
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Troon August 22nd 2017

After, maticulous course management for nearly two weeks, I found myself in the sandy graves of Royal Troon on the first three holes - that quickly ended any thoughts of a Stenson/Mickelson feud between Wylie and Clause. Let's call it PMVLD (post matchplay victory let down) that resulted losing properly 6&4 for the standard pint of Belhaven Best. The costly result came when I lost in Stableford points, as well, 31 to 27. That means Mike is ahead by 1point after 12 matches (not counting the 36-holes of fourball play at Muirfield. 370 (30,8) to 369 (30,8). Now that's a pretty good match. Let's talk about Royal Troon where Hendrik Stenson and Phil Michelson played the great final round of golf since The Duel in the Desert between Watson and Nicklaus in 1977 at Turnberry. Having ... read more
Royal Troon
The Beaches (Jan, our fantastic host)
The Gentlemens change room

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Turnberry August 20th 2017

After a great little cruise around Stranraer and a great night out with the boys from Norn, the Fernhill Hotel proved to be the anchor for a great weekend - away destination. Usually this applies to those living in Glasgow or somewhere to the north. We, as golfers wrapping up a tour to Scotland, found it to be a friendly, small, St Francis-like village, with friendly folks who included a member of the Auchterlonie family - Laurie" Auchterlonie was a Scottish professional golfer, a native of St Andrews. In 1902, representing the Glen View Club, he won the eighth U.S. Open at Garden City Golf Club in Garden City, New York. Wikipedia His granddaughter was our host for dinner and breakfast and she was a spendid breath of fresh air. In 1985 at The Old Course ... read more
Real qauality and value at Fernhill
On the sea
Clubhouse

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Prestwick August 19th 2017

What a pleasant surprise...Stranraer was a combination of parkland and links with trees and terrain AND shots that rewarded a good bump and run. The drive from Prestwick in Ayr down to Portpatrick took an hour and 1/2 but it was an exceptional drive. Portpatrick is a village by the sea...a small Martha's Vinyard/ Kalk Bay with a fantastic hotel called Fernhill. We booked Fernhill months ago on the advice of John and we secured rooms with breakFast and dinner at an amazing price. Fernhill, a quaint hotel, with views over the village below, was/is very comfortable with a restaurant and menu that, once again, knocks dieting out the window. Stranraer, some 15 minutes down the road, near the ferry station, was the surprise of the tour. Greeted by a proper wind from the west, the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Prestwick August 18th 2017

Today was special, really special as we teed off at the home of the 1st Open Championship. Prestwick is not Muirfield...there is not a course much more low-key, yet, a very proper feel when you enter. Oh, its still a jacket and tie environment and the locker room reaks of history with names that cover generations of royals and higherarchy. The course opens with a par-4 that embarassed former Open Champion, Sandy Lyle, as he launched his drive onto the railroad tracks when returning for the 150 year tribute. Lee Trevino was there and so was amateur champion, Harvey Ward. Prestwick is the history of golf and the course has stood the test of time. They say they dont have the infrastructure to host another Open, as the last champion, Jim Barnes, was awarded the Claret ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Largs May 30th 2017

Alex and I have just been for a week in sunny Largs, which is on the estuary of the River Clyde not too far from the Coopers in Glasgow. We stopped overnight on the way up, in the village of Tebay, to have a look at the River Lune,and then on to Glasgow where we caught up with Sophie, Tom, Martha and Jack. Then on to our Band B, a beautiful farmhouse in a quiet valley just outside Largs. We must have put on loads of weight, due to magnificent breakfasts! We walked along the prom, took the ferry across to the island of Cumbrae, and found lots of geocaches. On Thursday and Friday we were able to meet up with Sophie and the children for picnics, playgrounds and other adventures, before returning to Glasgow on ... read more
underneath the M6
watching the ferrries to Cumbrae
me beside the pencil monument

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Largs August 27th 2014

Well, it would seem that I utterly failed on the blog my way around South America plan! Never mind. Life in Caracas all got a bit much and a bit mental over the last 6 months and writing about it like this didn't really occur to me...friends and family at home were freaking out enough as it is, I'd say. So, here I am, back in Blighty, about to start another new chapter. There's a song in Idina Menzel's new show (If/Then - saw it on Broadway - LOVED IT) called 'Always Starting Over'...fantastic lyrics. Heehee. Anyway. The last 6-8 months have been 'big decision' making time. Started the year with a 'what am I doing with my life?' type of head space, which was fine. I decided that I was ready for the next stage ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire June 25th 2014

Motorhome News from Scotland 2014 Isle of Arran & Glasgow Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway June 2014 A sudden change of mind - twice! We are drawn northwards across the border once again, beyond that bold boundary of the Empire the Romans built, Hadrian's Wall, and on into the land of tartan kilts, great stone castles, Auld Lang Syne, fine Malt Whisky and Robbie Burns. It's a fact that more Scots have chosen to live their lives scattered across the far corners of the world than in this land of vast horizons, towering mountains, wild open heather moorland, industrial mayhem - and mid-summer midges, seeking a new life and opportunity. I guess that’s why we love it so; it offers us space and freedom from the crowds. It's an eight-hour drive from our East Anglian home, ... read more
The 'Brig o'Doon'
Robbie Burns Memorial
Isle of Arran Ferry

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire August 29th 2012

Since we'd mentioned some time ago that we've never been to Glasgow and would like to, Ian and Glenis arranged a two-day "short break". In pursuit of both families' Scottish heritages, we made the trip across on Monday a kind of pilgrimage to Alloway, near Ayr - the birthplace of Scotland's celebrated poet, Robert Burns. Unfortunately the day was wet and rather chilly, but we had a pleasant drive across the north of England, roughly along the line of Hadrian's Wall, into Scotland at Gretna, and north-west through Dumfries and Galloway. Lunch in a sweet and friendly little tea room at Auldgirth, then on to Alloway. We spent a pleasant afternoon at the two major sites. First was the carefully restored and maintained cottage where The Bard was born in 1759, consisting of connected byre and ... read more
Afton Water
Burns' Cottage
Portrait of the Poet

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire » Ayr July 12th 2012

We woke to a....wait for it....wait for it....sunny day!!! Got in a nice dry pleasant run! Woohoo! Then off on our road trip to the other coast. First stop was Craiglethan Castle. This one was built beside a ravine which is unusual. It was built by the most famous builder of defensive castles although this castle did not survive the wars (ironically). Next we went on to Bothwell Castle to represent Patrick and Catharine! It was very cool. There was the original Donjon from 1242. Then the castle was built up from there in the 1300's and the chapel was added in the 1400's. Building projects back in the day seemed to last decades. The first Lord or Baron would start but it would be his son that saw the project through to completion. Anyway, the ... read more
Gorgeous sunny day
Bothwell Castle
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