I Guess It Wasn’t “Nessie Weather”

Our first full day in Inverness was spent driving around Loch Ness, seeing the sights. In spite of the fact that the loch seemed super calm, it must not have been Nessie Weather because one sight we did not spy was a sea monster. Instead our first stop of the day was the Loch Ness …

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Our Luck Does a 180

This morning, we headed out to ride the Cairngorm Mountain Funicular Railway up to the summit of Cairngorm Mountain. We got there early, so there wasn’t a crowd for the funicular, and we headed up. It was a lovely view up top, and apparently 5 degrees Celsius, which should be rather warm. However, the on-site …

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Finally Heading up to the Highlands, After a VERY SLOW Start

We had grand plans for today, with many sites to see as we left Edinburgh and started our drive up into the Highlands. Unfortunately, we were stopped dead in our tracks very early on by poor rental car management. We arrived at the downtown Edinburgh Avis before 9:00am to pick up our pre-paid, reserved-months-in-advance vehicle …

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A Day of Relative Rest

Today was our last day in Edinburgh and it was a “free” day. Yes, I, the much maligned scheduler of vacation “death marches”, had scheduled a free day that didn’t have anything in particular planned. It was to be used to see anything we had missed earlier in the trip, or to explore something in …

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In Search of History (the Knights Templar and William Wallace)

This morning, we climbed on an early bus and headed out to Roslin. We went to the upper deck of the bus and were lucky enough to get seats in the front row, right up against the window. It gave us a whole new view of the city as we drove by and great views …

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St. Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, and More!

We started our day with a visit to St. Giles Cathedral. I put Steve in charge of photographing the stained glass windows and went about walking around and giving him tidbits of information from the walking guide. We were a bit disappointed to find the Thistle Chapel was closed, with a sign outside the door …

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A Long-Awaited Trip Begins

After years of talking about it, Steve and I finally made plans this year for a trip to Scotland. I have spent months planning for the trip – reading guide books, creating a spreadsheet of sites of interest, and coming up with possible itineraries. As part of the planning process, I created a map plotting …

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