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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Nethy Bridge June 18th 2019

Last night we walked around a bit after dinner and headed to bed around 10 PM. Oddly it was as bright out as if it were 10 AM. I got up at 4 AM and noticed it was still bright out! Taking a gander at the map, I found the reason: we are considerably north and thus the Scots enjoy very long days. That’s great, but on the flip side, in winter, nights are also very long, so make hay while the sun shines. Speaking of the sun, today the clouds seemed behind us and the blue Scottish skies were overhead. Our first stop was the Culloden Battlefield Memorial. This was famous in Scotland as the last battle between the Jacobites, rebellious Scottish soldiers fighting to restore King James to the British throne, versus the British. ... read more
Beauty of the Loch
One of Many Castles
Over the Bridge to Skye

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Glencoe June 17th 2019

Today our journey to the Bonnie Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond begins with an unusual sight, the sun. This is the first morning where old Sol decided to grace us with his presence. The green of Scotland is magnificent under sunny skies. A word about Tour Director. Imaging doing a job where you play mother to 30 people you have never met, all of whom have some preconceived notions about travel, food, vacation, accommodations, and needs. Imagine also, that you are on call 24 hours a day, have to plan each days activities, and make sure everyone is safe, happy, and on time. This is just a small concept of the Tour Director’s job. No matter what tour company you use, the Tour Director is critical to the quality and enjoying your tour. To add insult ... read more
Our cruise ship on the Loch
High Street Fort William Scotland
Hogwarts is everywhere

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 25th 2019

Too tired to write last night, so you are stuck with two days worth. We have decided we must be weak hikers. Everyone around us is going on these super long hikes. They German guy who sat next to us at breakfast was going to catch a bus, hike up to Old Man of Storr, but then walk back to the B&B. Easily 30 miles. We drove both ways of course and just did the hiking part of the hike. Oh well. We still have fun. We said goodbye to the Isle of Skye yesterday and made our way to Fort William. Instead of leaving by the Skye Bridge, we took the ferry with our car. It was my first car ferry. They really pack the cars in there. I didn't think there was anyway everyone ... read more
Another bridge
Pretty view on Isle of Skye
Harbor where we will catch the Ferry

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 23rd 2019

It's official: we are starting to blend in. We were walking through downtown Portree on the Isle of Skye and some guy on the street needed help and asked if we were locals. Plus, at dinner tonight we weren't engaging in conversations with our neighbors because we were surrounded by strange languages. But when the guy at the next table went to use the WC, I asked his girlfriend if they were on Holiday. They are on holiday and are from the Netherlands. She asked if we were from Skye! And that was after I opened my mouth! We have been gone over a week and we have become so European, and we still have almost a week left! We started the day with a drive to a new hiking spot: The Fairy Pools Hike. I ... read more
One of the many waterfalls we hiked to this morning
This entire area was gorgeous
Top of one of the hikes

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 21st 2019

Italics are Dot's comments Note: If you click on the first picture within the blog, you can scroll through all the pictures and skip the blog. :) Isle of Sky Poem (and the theme song from Outlander) Sing me a song of a lad that is gone, Say, could that lad be I? Merry of soul he sailed on a day, Over the sea to Skye. Instead of sailing, we are driving to Skye today. From Inverness to the Isle of Skye. It is a very scenic drive and luckily, pretty easy 2 lane road driving. We had several stops planned along the way. The beginning of the drive was along Loch Ness, so of course we had to stop at the cheesy Loch Ness visitor center. It was surprisingly interesting and worth the stop. Then ... read more
Chris with the submarine that looked for the Loch Ness Monster
Urquhart Castle, with Loch Ness in the background
My favorite toy, the Trebuchet

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 20th 2019

There are 32 photos after the blog. So the electric shower was somewhat anticlimactic. Hit the "on" button, and that's it. Simplest shower we have had yet. (Each one is usually a challenge.) I had plenty of hot water. Amazing. We have also noticed they don't use top sheets here. They have your base sheet, but on top is a comforter that is sort of covered in a sheet. A combination, I guess. We have had that in every B&B so far. All the window have been difficult to open - Dot has been handling that. So far, the rain has been very off and on. Rains some, then stops. It rained hardest when we were driving from Edinburgh to Inverness. It hasn't poured like it does at home, but it can sprinkle pretty steadily. We ... read more
Hut on Culloden Battlefield
At Culloden-Clan Donald
Clan Donald Marker at Culloden

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 19th 2019

There are 31 photos at the end. Something for everyone. We started our morning in Edinburgh and took an Uber to the Hertz car rental at the airport. Our Uber lady was super nice and was giving me round-about tips as we drove the the airport. Roundabouts themselves don't bother me, until they have multiple lanes. Then they get a little crazy and she had some good suggestions about which lane to be in. You can't just hang out in the outer lane all the way around or you mess everybody up. Never knew that. In the Hertz line, we were, of course, surrounded by Americans. the couple in front of us were from Seattle - Maggie: I have met so many people over here from Seattle - what's up? They were still a little jet-lagged ... read more
For the car buffs- it is a Vauxhaul Corsa
Blair Castle
Cute little bridge over the brook/moat

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands May 4th 2019

Omdat het landschap geweldig is, je overal je tent mag neerzetten en drinkwater voorhanden is was dit alweer vakantie nummer 8 in Schotland voor mij. Vijf jaar geleden liep ik de East Highland Way van Fort William naar Aviemore en nu wilde ik een eigen bedachte variant op de route doen die meer door de bergen gaat. De tocht startte bij Loch Morlich in Aviemore: het hoogst gelegen strand in de UK en het zag er ook vakantie-achtig uit. Omdat we later in de middag startten wel meteen aan de wandel gegaan de vallei in. We kozen de 'hoge' route met mooie uitzichten op de toppen van de Cairngorms. Via een ontzettend mooi groen gekleurd meertje kwamen we aan bij de Ryvoan Bothy, onze bestemming voor de nacht. We waren de eersten en zetten onze tassen ... read more
An Lochan Uaine
Ryvoan pass
Somewhere over the rainbow...

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands November 18th 2018

2018 has been my best travel year to date. 9 trips around 13 countries, most of them I haven't gotten round to sharing here, so I'll do a round up now. January brought my first trip to the Caribbean, with a week-long cruise round the Eastern Caribbean. It started and ended in the Dominican Republic, visiting the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts, Martinique, Barbados, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. I've already written a lot about this trip in previous posts, but some highlights for me were definitely exploring the amazing caves and beaches at The Baths at Virgin Gorda, the British Virgin Islands, Fort de France in Martinique, and the island of Bequia in the Grenadines, where I visited a turtle sanctuary and found paradise. En route home, I popped into London to see Aladdin, ... read more
Disneyland Paris
Meeting Rafiki at Disneyland Paris
Seal colony, Dunvegan Castle, Skye

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 2nd 2018

We started the day in Durness visiting Smoo Cave and the “award winning beach” and were glad to see the end of the constant rain which has followed us all around Scotland so far. Smoo Cave, completed with a blowhole, has two chambers, the second which is only accessible by dinghy and was formed by water seepage through a fault line and then dissolving limestone to form the cavern. The cave has a chequered past with a shell and bone midden dating back 5,000 years to neolithic man but is also the stuff of local folklore including residence of the ”Deil” with some fascinating stories about a murder disposing of 19 bodies down the blow hole because he thought no one would find them as all the towns people thought the Devil lived down there and ... read more
Durness
John O’Groats
John O’Groats




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