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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 13th 2019

A gentle drive through the English winding roads to the Stirling Castle. On the journey we visited the Kelpies. The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland's inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area. The park is named Helix which is a very beautiful community park. We moved on to the Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The lift reconnects the two canals for the first time since the 1930s completed in 2002. We travelled ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire May 27th 2019

We heard some interesting anecdotes today. Not sure if they are true - you be the judge. We drove to the historic town of Culross, a village trapped in time and now being preserved by the National Trust of Scotland. While touring the main house in town, we came to to the large dining room. The docent told us where some phrases originated: In the dining room was a long table, which she said is really just a Board placed on a trestle that could be dismantled when not in use to make more room. So...the table is called a Board. 1. According to the laws of hospitality in Scotland back then, if someone knocked on your door you were obligated to provide a room and shelter for the night. If you also provided them a ... read more
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Nice garden feature
Exterior view of the main house from the garden terrace

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire May 26th 2019

Last night we walked down the street for dinner (in the rain of course). We went to Clan MacDuff restaurant. It was pretty good. They had a tasting of 4 local whiskeys so I tried that. Pictures here in the blog with the descriptions. My favorite was the 1st one and my least favorite was the last one, from the islands with the smokey flavor. I had the sea bass on top of potatoes and rocket (very grassy salad greens) with shrimp and chorizo. Pics in the blog. Dot chose the fish of the day - haddock lightly crusted in pistachio crumbs. Both pretty good. For dessert I decided to stray away from chocolate for a change and tried the Bread and Butter Pudding. The waiter suggested having it with both custard and ice cream - ... read more
Since we walked to dinner....
Detail of the 4 whiskeys
Sea bass on top of mashed potatoes (hidden underneath)

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling August 5th 2018

Our drive to url=https://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/landscapes-nature/national-parks-gardens/loch-lomond-trossachs/Loch Lomond took us through lightly wooded rolling countryside. Sheep munched in many fields, and cows chewed in the rest. Farm houses and villages nestled in the valleys, showing this to be productive land. The road wound around hills and dipped down to cross some creeks. For much of the drive we were in the Trossachs National Park. Aberfoyle was the pretty town where we had our coffee break. Susan and I stretched our legs by exploring the small bridge over the narrow river, briefly forgetting that vehicles do come and go on these narrow roads. Pedestrians should not linger on the roadway just to enj... read more
Pie salesman
Sheep making wool
Scottish landscape

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling August 4th 2018

What a joy to sleep until 8:30 and have a leisurely shower! Breakfast was a full range of choices, including good blood pudding. For the first time, half grapefruits were served. Although on a buffet, the fried eggs were not hard as stones, but the (back) bacon was too crisp for my taste. I succumbed to the flaky attractions of a little jam pastry. Hot water and lemon has become my drink of choice. At reception I asked for directions to a post office to change our ten pound notes. Since Susan and I each last travelled here, the tens have been changed from paper to polymer, and the paper ones are no longer accepted by stores. The post office was only a few blocks away, inside WH Smith (no longer much of a book store). ... read more
Stirling Castle
Portcullis Pub 1787
Westwinds poster at the liquor store

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling August 3rd 2018

Horribly, we had to wake at 4:15 am to make this day work. Suitcases had to be at the bus by 5:00. Packed breakfasts were available in the lobby; mine was Chicken Coronation sandwich (mild curry with raisins - quite good). By 5:30 we were on the bus, which left at 5:40. At the nearby ferry terminal we were expeditiously directed into a line. Where we waited until shortly before the sailing at 7:30. I had taken a sea-sick pill before leaving and was wearing my sea-bands, plus I stood outside the whole trip. In fact, the Irish Sea was calm, for a sea. Most thrilling was seeing Ireland and Scotland at the same time! Both stretched long fingers of land into the water. The view was misty, probably always is. The land that we sailed ... read more
Culzean Castle and garden 1792
Loudoun Hall 1530
Ayr Town Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Falkirk June 19th 2018

kind of touched the soul and kindled my heart ! Visited the famous Kelpies last week in Grangemouth, Falkirk. Always wanted to see them for quiet some time now but only got the chance to visit them last week. Amazing piece of work - majestic towering structures upto 5 stories building high and yet So sumptuously beautiful as well. I arrived at 7pm but due to the Sun-set being at 10pm in June in Scotland the sky was blue. I wanted to see the night view when the lights are on. So waited for a while until it was dark to see the night view of the kelpies. They light up with various colors and on my day it was neon green. It was rather mesmerizing to look at with all that green light lit-up ... read more
Kelpies on my first sight
First sight close up
First sight at night

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire June 18th 2018

Inverarnan - Tyndrum 13.5 miles (15.1 actual) After a really poor night sleep -was awake from 4-6am, I was really reluctant to get up. Just wanted to stay in my bed. However, remembering how long the walk took us yesterday, I thought I’d better get going! Was still full up from last nights meal so breakfast just wasn’t very appealing this early, however knowing I had a full days walking ahead I tried to force down a bacon butty - fail! Most unusual for me! Set off about 8.50 - later than planned, but thankfully terrain/ path much better than yesterday. Much more open too - was getting really fed up with jungle view on previous days, so the open country side with views of the hills, and a better and wider path was really welcome! ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire June 17th 2018

Day 3 - Sunday 17/06/18; Rowardennan to Inverarnan - 13.5 miles ( 15.12 actual) Felt a wee bit stiff when I first got up but soon wore off - Michelle on the other hand was saying ouch the minute her feet touched the floor! Had breakfast about 8 then set off about 8.40. Spent about 15 mins trying to shut the case - hope the zip doesn’t burst & hope Ginger Routes employ strong drivers! 😂 Soon became apparent the walk was going to be a tough one. Walking alongside Loch Lomond, one minute we were high up looking down on the water, then a few minutes later we were practically walking on the shoreline., and so it continued - sharp ascents followed by steep descents. Tree roots, big boulders, small waterways with stepping stones & ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire June 16th 2018

Day 2; Drymen to Rowardennan, 13.5 (15.10 actual) Got up about 7 & delighted to see it was dry outside - but by time we had breakfast & got ready the rain came on. Walked a mile to rejoin WHW track & by that time was raining really heavily. Decided to take take the “alternative” route into Balmaha and avoid climbing Conic Hill. Described as a “strenuous” climb, we figured the exertion not worth it seeing as there would be zero view from top. Much the same height as Bin Hill - 323m. The first views of Loch Lomond were still breathtaking, even seen through a veil of mist & rain. I really enjoyed the parts of the walk which ran alongside the loch, however, a good % of the walk was through wooded areas with ... read more
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