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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 20th 2022

On August 20 we left Edinburgh for Dundee and points beyond. The largest draw for Dundee was the new Victoria & Albert Museum, an extension of the one in London. It is an amazing piece of architecture, two upside down pyramids of horizontal bands that spiral up and join together. It is on the waterfront next to the ship Discovery, a barque-rigged auxiliary steamship built for Antarctic research. Launched in 1901, she was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in the United Kingdom. Our next stop was Scone (pronounced scoon) Palace, near the city of Perth. It is an historic house by the village of Scone. Built in red sandstone with a castellated roof, it is an example of the Gothic Revival style in Scotland. The interior part that we were allowed to ... read more
V&A Museum, Dundee
V&A Museum, Dundee
V&A Museum, Dundee

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 24th 2022

Sunday, 24 July 2022, Day 7 Great Glen Way. Drumnadrochit to Inverness starting at Blackfold meadow again. by All Trails app: 11.6 miles, 4:39 hours, 344 feet elevation gain. By Garmin: 11.64 miles, 4:38 hours, 234 feet elevation gain The morning looked very clear after some heavy rains during the night. Our transfer van picked us up at 0930 for the ride back up to the hill to Blackfold. We started at the same spot as yesterday but went in the opposite direction towards Inverness instead of back to Drumnadrochit. Yesterday was supposed to be 12 miles but it was only 8. Today is supposed to be 9 miles but was actually 11.6. So much for the guidance from the tour operators. Loch Ness Travel provided our shuttle and also was providing our luggage transfer. At ... read more
antler lamp and wall ornament
The view behind Benleva Hotel
looking up in the old chestnut tree

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness October 11th 2019

After breakfast, again at the Isle of Skye Baking Co., we headed back to the mainland on our way to Loch Ness. Rain and heavy traffic slowed us down and we arrived at Urquhart Castle after 11:30, so we decided to come back to it after our cruise on Loch Ness. It turned out we could upgrade our cruise tickets to include a stop at the castle for less than the price we would have had to pay to see the castle. It drizzled a bit as we began our cruise, but cleared shortly after getting underway. We even enjoyed seeing a rainbow as we neared the castle. The castle dates back to 1509 and is now just ruins, but still picturesque. Loch Ness is beautiful. Nessie, however, did not show. After cruising back to our ... read more
Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle from Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness September 16th 2018

After yesterday’s lunch we were not about to chance breakfast with the hotel cooks, so Tom went out hunting and gathering. He did awesomely well because he brought back an orange juice, some berry flavoured porridge, a cheesy bacon flatbread and a latte! Thank you McDonalds! After brekky we went next door to board our train to the Kyle of Lochalsh. That’s where the train was going and where we had seats booked and selected for but we were getting off at Plockton. So after two and a half hours of travelling through little Scottish villages, request stations (where you have to ask the conductor to stop the train), heather covered hills, wide open moors and alongside lochs, we alighted at Plockton station and enjoyed a leisurely 1 km stroll into the village, giving us a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness September 15th 2018

What a day of contrasts! Our hotel in Glasgow, right next to the railway station has such good wifi! We wandered downstairs and found that the brasserie for breakfast that I’d researched is part of our hotel! After a lovely hot buffet breakfast we packed up and headed to the station to catch our train for our 3 1/2 hour trip to Inverness. The train was just a local train with people alighting and joining all along the way. There were some men on their way to Inverness to watch a soccer game - they started on their ales and drank and chatted (getting louder and louder) all along the way. We were chatting to a man who works for Wendy Wu. Wendy Wu tours started in Sydney but HQ is now London. The scenery along ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 20th 2018

Days 26 and 27 - To Scotland, by Train and Car Our train to Edinburgh left a little after noon so we had time to relax in the morning, get packed up and make our way to the station. We decided to try a place claiming to have authentic mexican burritos and check out their claims. While the burritos were fine, they didn’t have quite the same flavor of home, definitely a European twist on burritos. We opted for First Class tickets of this train since it was over 3 hours and not too much more expensive. This meant we got to wait in the First Class lounge instead of the noisy, crowded, unairconditioned station, a real bonus. They also had free snacks and drinks and comfy chairs. Once on the train they fed us lunch ... read more
We had to try
Consolation Prize
First Class Lounge

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness May 26th 2018

We spent our first night at my first AirBnb, a charming 1820’s cottage in the town of Colinton just outside of Edinburgh, the boyhood home of Robert Louis Stevenson. The cottage is the home of a retired teacher named Pam who we immediately adored and put us immediately at ease about the trepidation about staying in a stranger’s home. She chatted with her as she cooked us a delicious breakfast before we headed off to nearby Midhope Castle (Lallybroch to the Outlander fans). Mom is a Outlander book fanatic and I have enjoyed watching the TV series so I have incorporated several Outlander sites along the way on our trip. After Lallybroch we went north to Culross, another Outlander site but quite simply a picture perfect coastal village. Culross has been used in film before because ... read more
Mum trying to get transported by the stones
Loch Ness but no Nessie sightings

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness April 2nd 2018

Today was such a mixed weather bag. Beautiful sunshine in the morning to mini hail in the afternoon. There was heaps of snow and some rain. I left Perth at around 9 after scraping the ice off the car. I had brekky at Maccas as the cook didn't show up at the The toffee latte was yummy Grady!!! I went to a store and bought a double plug for my GPS and dash cam so they could operate together and headed north. The day was a balmy 2 degrees when I left Perth. Lucky I have a warm little car. First stop was the Tomnaverie Stone Circle. It was about a 40 minute drive from Perth through some very pretty countryside, When I finally found the carpark I had to walk about 10 minutes up ... read more
Tomnaverie Stone Circle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness October 13th 2017

At the beginning of this Blog I must apologize to all the people who have sent me messages over the years in response to my blog. Today, October 13, 2017 is the first time I have ever clicked on this page... and such lovely messages and such interesting people have I found. I feel so bad that wonderful messages from 2010 and earlier have gone unanswered. I will try to read them all ...all 90 ... and respond if appropriate. Thank you to every one who took the time to write me. Mia Culpa Mia Culpa Mia Culpa. Promise to be more vigilant and forthcoming with responses. :-) October 13 was a day of travel and discovery you have read above! The day began at 05.30 in darkness and thankfully no rain. I did carry ... read more
Ullapool Harbour
By Bus to Inverness
Busy Inverness Station

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness September 7th 2017

Route 500. Wow! Five hundred miles of magnificent scener. But probably 400 miles of single lane roads! That's not a grumble but it does mean numerous pulling overs and a few reverses in order to traverse the distance safely. We drove the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland a couple of years back and this route is as good if not better. The scenery is spectacular and it is everywhere. Along the way our BnB places have been great and we have enjoyed the food and beers as much as we have anywhere. We drove to John O'Groats today, much to Lee's disappointment! I'm not sure what she expected but more than a signpost and a couple of icecream stores I'd reckon. Well 10 minutes later were off and heading south. We stopped at Dunrobin Castle which ... read more
One of hundreds. The scenery here is truly spectacular.
Looking bac from Applewood to Skye. Both lovely places.
Back towards Skye.

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