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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 6th 2008

Time is now counting down until I leave the UK and head off on the next big adventure and what trip would be complete without visiting Scotland. Our family has it's origins in Scotland from around the highlands near Inverness and Loch Ness, but more on that later. We embarked on our journey very early on a Monday morning, flying into Glasgow due to cheap flights from Ryan Air and after a few hours of looking around and enjoyin the sun in St.George's Square it was time to bus it to Inverness. Well, what a bus ride! The scenery was beautiful (for the bits I actually stayed awake for!) and the guy behind us decided to drink and talk to himself or anyone who would listen for the next 4 hours. I drowned it out with ... read more
Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 6th 2008

Just approaching the end of our Scotland tour. Had a lovely time with relatives in Irvine/Paisley. We actually had 2 sunny days - I think that was the summer. From there we went up to Loch Lomond, Isle of Skye and Inverness. Discovered lots of surprises about our genealogy. Cloudy wet weather not-withstanding, Scotland is a beautiful land, especially the Highlands and tomorrow we go to Edinburgh.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 3rd 2008

It was 3 month since I had given birth and several months since I last travelled. After the 7th month of pregnancy travelling is not recommended and many airlines will forbid you from boarding. I was dying to go away but because the baby was only 3 months old I didn't feel like going too far from London.... I decided to go to Loch Ness in Scotland, near Inverness. Loch Ness was an interesting place with some great views (but not the best views I have ever seen) unfortunately there is no monster in the lake:( This trip for me was nothing more than a dummy trip to see how it is to travel with a baby in tow. Well, travelling with a baby is a very rewarding experience, wherever you go you quickly become a ... read more
A street in Inverness
Scottish music

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 3rd 2008

Tag 62: Inverness, 9.71 km Da ich immer noch auf der Suche nach den Sustrans-Karten bin, und weil ich mir Inverness noch ein bischen ansehen möchte, bleibe ich heute erst mal hier. Was die Karten angeht, hab eich zumindest einen Teilerfolg: die Tourist-Info hat die Sustrans-Karte für die Strecke John o'Groats - Aberdeen. Damit komme ich zumindest erstmal für die nächsten Tage klar. Ich hoff nur, dass ich in Aberdeen die Anschlusskarte bekomme. ... read more
Inverness Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 2nd 2008

Tag 61: Tain - Inverness, 78.99 km, Fahrzeit 4:44, Durchschn. 16.68 km/h, Höhenmeter: 606, Gesamtstrecke 3307 km In Tain erstehe ich noch eine Karte, die mich zumindest bis Inverness führt. Diese "Ordnance Survey" Karten sind zwar sehr schön, decken aber immer nur kleine Bereiche ab. Für meine Strecke müsste ich einen ganzen Stapel davon kaufen. Die Sustrans-Karten, die speziell die Radrouten beschreiben, habe ich bisher nirgendwo gesehen. Dieser Teil Schottlands hat wenig mit dem Hochland gemeinsam: recht flach, und landwirtschaftlich genutzt. (Ist das ein Teil der Lowlands? Keine Ahnung.) Trotzdem gibt es noch reichlich Hügel, die ich mich hochquäle. Kurz vor Cromarty, ein kleiner Ort namens Nigg. Hier gibt es eine kleine Kirche, die eine Stele aus frühchristlicher Zeit als Touristenattraktion beherbergt. Viel interessanter finde ich den alten Friedhof, hautsäc... read more
Friedhof in Nigg
Autofähre mit Drehteller

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 28th 2008

Hi Friends and Family! I had booked a 2.5 hour tour outside of Inverness. We were going on a cruise to Loch Ness! We went with a company called “ Jacobite” which laid on a coach and cruise for the reasonable sum of ₤30.50 for the both of us. We started at 9:15 and arrived at the Loch Ness 30 minutes later. We then took a cruise across the lake looking for Nessie. The water was mysterious, smoky, quiet and a bit dark. It felt like being in the throngs of a classic horror before the monsters came out! Loch Ness is part of the Great Glen, Gleann Mhor in Gaelic, and is a massive steep sided trench carved out by the Ice Age. The loch is 22.6 miles long and about 1 mile wide. The ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 27th 2008

Pack! Pack!! Pack!!! We're running out of clean clothes. 'Hope we can find a laundry soon. It should be feasible 'cos Inverness is near the sea.....apparently!! We got a free bus ride 'cos the driver hadn't got any change from ₤10. What a nice man! Once again, we took our pre-booked and pre-paid train from Aberdeen to Inverness. ₤7.50 for me and ₤3.75 for a child! Meanwhile, “The Small Young Gentleman” made himself comfortable by playing with Gordon and China, the two children nearby which was lucky as the train, which should have taken 2 hours, was 38 minutes late due to “signalling problems”. Ah well! We arrived in Inverness and it was looking good. Its a picturesque little town and I was looking forward to being near water. Its an old town filled with lots ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 9th 2008

Hello All, Sorry it has been a couple days since I'm made an entry, but the outer islands and some of the rural areas have yet to hear of the internet. I'm heading to bed in a few minutes, but I did want to say hi and let you know I am still surviving in one of the most beautiful countries I have ever explore. The people are kind and friendly, the roads are good, and especially every thing is so clean. There is no litter on the side of the road, the toilets are all clean, there is no smoking inside a building. It is so clean and neat. What's wrong with the USA? I've taken a few pictures that are National Geographic quality. I'm going to download them this evening and then heading to ... read more
Arrauchoc Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness May 29th 2008

We journeyed to Belfast, mostly to see the Giant's Causeway and the Antrim Coast. We took a tour (gasp) with a bunch of other people. It was good, though. The Antrim Coast is beautiful and the Causeway is amazing! The Causeway was built up from a lava flow a long, long time ago. We also stopped at the Bushmills Distillery and found out that we do like whiskey, but the good kind. Other than that Belfast was ok, we didn't see too much there. We took a ferry from Belfast to Stranraer, Scotland. It was pretty routine, but once we hit land we had troubles getting to Glasgow. The train which we were going to take left the station because we were late on the ferry. Fortunately, the company had a bus to take us up ... read more

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