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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 4th 2023

It is hard to believe I was once a diehard Scotch drinker. Heck, I even went to Scotland to try many of the best up front and personal. So, why did I stop? One is expense, and the other, perhaps more important, the amount of alcohol. So, which are the best and why? Perhaps this requires some analysis. The days of Scotch were days for the man's man. When smoking was heavy, and hiring secretaries for their looks was okay. Scotland is smaller than South Carolina, but has a coastline almost as long as Alaska. Halfway up the east coast are familiar names like Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, the Macallan, Glenmorangie, plus many others. Islay, the large island off of the southwest coat, boasts names like the smokey flavored Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, and others. A few outside this ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife August 8th 2022

Total chaos (crowd-wise) this week in Edinburgh – Fringe Festival and Tattoo going on, and let’s not forget the crowds migrating north from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham – probably bringing headcount to half a million bodies at least to this capital city. No thanks, I prefer something more open and quieter, so I opted to go shopping and sightseeing in Queensferry instead. Located 10 miles to the northwest of Edinburgh city center, there are two towns for Queensferry (North and South) which face each other across the Forth. Both towns derive their name from the ferry service established by Queen Margaret in the 11th century, which continued to operate until 1964, when the Road Bridge was opened. South Queensferry sits on the shore in the shadow of the Forth Bridges that cross over to ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews July 15th 2022

My trip to play golf at St. Andrews, site of this year's British Open. Every golfer who has been somewhat serious about golf must make a pilgrimage to the home of golf, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. The earliest recordings of golf date back to 1456, several years before Columbus got to the New World. The opportunity arose in 1999, due to a business trip to London to see a famous physician. Our friends, Mike and Susie joined us, though the ladies do not play golf. They were good sports in letting us have this golf outing of a lifetime. Several days in London, though fun and busy, went by slowly in anticipation of the trip up to Scotland. We landed in the very industrial city of Glasgow, rented a van, and drove through Edinburgh on the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews July 12th 2022

From 2015: Locals do not say Saint Andrews, they say "sun-Andrews", with great pride. This is golf's holy land, the sacred fairways of St. Andrews. Golf has been played here since the 1100s, well before Columbus landed somewhere on the Western Hemisphere. And yes, anyone with a handicap below 15 can play here. It is possible to breathe the same air, take divots from the same turf, as Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, and Arnold Palmer. But on most Sundays, it is a public park, where you are free to walk, run, and picnic anywhere on the course. This year's Open (2015), as the Brits call the British Open, is the 29th on the Old Course. The biggest difference in the Old Course is the enlargement of the famous Road Hole Bunker on the 17th hole. ... read more
4th hole, first ocean hole, par 4, Pebble Beach

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife November 11th 2019

While on the train down from Leeds I had texted Uncle Walt the station and time I’d be arriving. However, not receiving a confirmation message in return, I began to wonder what would await me when I disembarked. To my relief I found my mom, Simon, and Simon’s rental car waiting for me. Simon seemed pretty grumpy about having to pick me up and all the headlights shining in his eyes at that time of night. But I was learning that that was just Simon’s way. The old house was by now abuzz with activity as my cousin, Fraser, and his unique dog, Rocky, were now also in residence. Mom seemed to be in good spirits and happy to have me back in the fold. Apparently, Uncle Walt and Simon, had enjoyed ganging up and teasing ... read more
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Silvery Waters

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife November 1st 2019

Our final morning in London was spent sitting in Uncle Walt’s flat eating breakfast and watching England being unexpectantly flattened by the Springboks in the Rugby World Cup Final. But that was earlier. Mom and I were now gazing out of train windows as the cold waters of the North Sea became the Firth of Forth as we eased around St. Abb’s Head. We were officially back in Scotland, our ancestral home, after being away for too long. As he dropped off of at St. Pancras Station Uncle Walt told us to look out for Ally, who would meet us at the Edinburgh station to help us get sorted. I wasn’t much sure about what kind of help he would be however, since Mom and I already had a rental car all booked and wasn’t Ally ... read more
All Hail the Springboks
Old Town
Orange Hatted Stranger

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 27th 2019

Sunday was such a good weather day for golf we headed to St. Andrews, the birthplace of the game. We finished the Old Course(there are 7 courses in St. Andrews and 41 in the Fife area) in about 1 1/2 hours. It would have taken longer had we actually played! The course is closed on Sunday and they allow the public to walk around the course. We walked every hole and stopped at Swilken Bridge on the 18th fairway for some photo-ops. On the 15th fairway a friendly local, who was walking his dogs, stopped for a nice chat! As a local resident, he pays 350 pound sterling/annually for his membership which is almost the price tourists pay for one round! St Andrews is a very historic town, one of the oldest in Scotland. University of ... read more
Inside Stirling Castle
Falkirk Wheel
Creative flower pots in school yard

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife August 6th 2019

Woke up this morning, after a fitful night’s sleep, threw open the drapes and realized I was looking at my old “neighborhood” off in the distance. We are anchored in the middle of the Firth of Forth half the way between Edinburgh and Dalgety Bay. I could tell immediately by what we used to call the “field” a WWII runway which was just behind (well, NOT JUST but up the hill a way) our house. From our bay window looking south we had an unobstructed view of Arthur’s Seat. I used to sit on the window seat (at age 9 I fit perfectly) read and stare out over the Firth (Bay) and daydream. I’m so VERY Happy to be back. I just wish Phillip, Myles & Betty (Phillips parents) were around to drop by and say ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife August 4th 2018

We spent our last day in Scotland in Fife mostly visiting local places of Andrew’s family history. We started the day driving to Kirkcaldy where we visited Ravencraig Park and of course Ravenscraig Castle before travelling to the train station and then to the now closed Forth Park Hospital where Andrew drew his first ever breath here on Planet Earth. We then made orur way to Burntisland where a number of Andrew’s ancestors lived. Fist stop was the old Kirkton Church where Andrew’s great great great grandfather and grandmother (farm serve ts) died in the 1800’s. The partially restored church has some history with an association with the writing of the King James Version of the Bible. We then made our way up to the Burntisland golf course car park and climbed the hill to the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife August 3rd 2018

We had calculated that we are at least 6 hours driving from Golspie to the Edinburgh Tattoo tonight so we started out early heading south down the A9 stopping in Inverness for some Diesel and then another 80 miles south to the “House of Braur“ where we stopped for a break and a bite to eat. The House of Braur is a high quality clothing and food outlet with an amazing array of local foods with dozens of varieties of everything including Pork Pies. After getting the van and ourselves in order, we then proceeded down the A9 to Dunkeld where we exited to make our way to Arbroath but first, an engine alarm flashed on the campervan dash signalling a low “AdBlue” level. AdBlue is an additive used to treat Diesel fuel filters so our ... read more

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