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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness April 4th 2015

Our daughter was away on a school trip over the Easter holiday and our son was busy studying (miracles will never cease) so my wife and I thought we would get away to Scotland for a short trip of our own. It's on a door step and we had hardly ever visited, and it always features heavily in the photography books and magazines that I read, so I was also particularly keen to go there. After the chaos of London Luton, Inverness airport is the cutest, quietest and most civilised airport I think we have ever had the pleasure of arriving at. There was the inevitable queue at the hire car desk whilst the one person on duty was typing merrily into a computer. Apparently he had started work early and officially the desk should not ... read more
Ness River
Rainbow Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 19th 2014

Geo: 57.4767, -4.23145Started with a late breakfast at a coffee shop a bit farther away than the one yesterday, but I had seen the sign for it while at breakfast yesterday. We liked this one better, and while we were there we also bought juice and pastries for tomorrow's breakfast so we wouldn't have to find food then. We did a little bit of looking at the shops in town, but did not find anything to buy. The highlight of the day was going to the Inverness Highland Games in the afternoon. We were close enough to walk to the Northern Meeting Park behind Saint Andrews Cathedral and headed that way by 1 p.m. When we were approaching the gate for the Games, a young woman with her husband and two children asked me if we ... read more
Pulling the Truck
Traditional Music
At the Highland Games

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 18th 2014

Geo: 57.4767, -4.23145We started the day slowly with breakfast at So CoCo café just down the street from the apartment. It was okay, but priced a bit high and really nothing special so we'll look for another place tomorrow. After breakfast, we stopped in at the tourist information centre to get advice on the best way to get to the starting point for our tour of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle which was to begin at 2:00. The clerk there said it would be a nice walk along the banks of the river and take about 45 minutes.Before the cruise, we had time to see Inverness Castle. It is not open for tours since it is used for city offices, but we walked around the outside for a look. It is a large castle, and it ... read more
Caledonian Canal
Lock on the Canal
The Jacobite Queen

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 17th 2014

Geo: 57.4767, -4.23145After breakfast in the hotel, we checked out and loaded the car for the 140-mile drive to Inverness. Before we started though, we took a thorough look at the car manual so we could learn how to work the gps system and a few other details--using the windshield wipers, turning on the lights, opening the gas tank. The car has a gps system installed which turned out to be pretty easy to use once we got used to it, but it isn't like any we have seen before. I entered the address for our first stop of the day, the Heathergems shop in Pitlochry, and we were on our way. While I was doing research about Scotland before leaving home, one of the things I found was Heathergems jewelry. The visitor centre and factory ... read more
Victoria's for Lunch
City Hall with Library in Pitlochry
Highland Apartments aka Living by the Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness March 28th 2014

So this weekend decided to treat myself for my birthday. So spent two days in Edinburgh and from there went to Fort William to take the train that goes up to Mallaig. Edinburgh is a very nice city with an interesting history. I got to stay at the Abbortsford guest house, that I do recommend, lovely rooms and excellent full scottish breakfast ! I got to walk around the old town, nice views from the castle. Visited the National Art Museum and the Edinburgh Museum that explains most of the town history. Then walked up the hill of the Holyrood park, up there you get a view of all the town and the surroundings. and finally, also went to the Botanic Garden Center, very nice and must be magnificent in spring and summer when all the ... read more
View from Holyrood hill
View from Holyrood hill
View from Holyrood hill

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness February 20th 2014

Decided to go up to Wick by train, as it is said it is one of the scenic train trips to do. And even if I thonk it was too much to do this on one day as 8 hours in all of train, I still was amazed of some of the sceneries I got to see. I think I'll never get bored of this landscape and going through these open spases where they is nothing else but wilderness !... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness January 25th 2014

Saturday evening I was kindly invited to the Burns Evening, an annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. I would like to thank Kenneth for this great evening party. I had very nice time and really enjoyed the music, the songs, the poems and espiacially the men in kilts :) For those who want to know a little more about the Burns Evening, see below The Legend of the Burns Supper. The Legend of the Burns Supper In 1801, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Robert Burns, nine men who knew him met for dinner in Burns Cottage in Alloway to celebrate his life and works. The Master of Ceremonies was a local minister a liberal theologian and an equally liberal host. Hamilton Paul and his guests shared Masonic brotherhood with Rabbie and ... read more
Andrew who welcomed us with the pipe
Kenneth & Andrew for the Haggis story

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness January 4th 2014

Arrived in Inverness on January 4th. What got me up here ? Work obviously !! Unfortunately can't go on moving around without a little bit of earning. Found a receptionist job in a 4 star hotel, the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel, feel free to go on the internet site, it's a nice hotel situated on the River Ness with two restaurants. It's now been two weeks I'm up here and enjoying myself. I've settled in a little home that I share with two other guys, that have a lot to learn on the cleaning side :) but they are very nice and helping me a lot on making me feel at home. Since I've arrived, I went to visit the famous Loch Ness and also was shown around the Black Isle. The landscape is beautiful ... read more
Inverness on a nice sunny day
The Inverness Court

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness December 12th 2013

Just a few lines in order to update my latest moves and and show you a few sceneries. So here I am in Inverness, 2 weeks now and quite enjoying it. Before hand I spent my time with family, first near Dorchester, after near Swindon and then near Fraserburgh. It was good to see all of you and thankyou for welcoming me during Christmas & New Year, I really enjoyed it !! Here are a few pictures of the coast near Fraserburgh, sorry none of my few moves in England, the weather wasn't really the best for good pictures, how strange :) The Inverness pictures and surroundings will be on my next post.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness July 12th 2013

Probably my favorite day so far, because of many reasons, such as awesome sights and locations, and absolutely beautiful weather. In fact, I was just talking to the lady who owns the bed and breakfast I'm at, and she said it's unseasonably hot for Inverness. Apparently this is an incredibly unpredictable area weather-wise, with it suddenly hot and then bitter cold, and then rainy - all in the same day. But today it held at a nice 75 degrees. After another hearty Scottish breakfast, this time with porridge, I took a bus just outside of town to another very famous battle, Culloden. Hands down, this has been one of my favorite visits to a battlefield. Culloden took place in April of 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie as the Scots call him tried to regain the English ... read more
Worst Area of Battle
At Culloden
Moving Towards Stone Monument

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