The last day of our trip on Friday was AWFUL.
Left Aberfeldy at 7am.
Just Andrew and I, luckily, so one else could make us late.
I had a sore throat and the beginnings of a head cold.
We returned the rental car (after missing the airport off-ramp because we were driving INTO the [...]
Once we had walked all through the Cathedral and gravestones, Dad wanted to visit St. Andrew’s Castle site before it closed so they did that…. While the 4 ‘kids’ walked way out the long pier just behind the Cathedral near East Sands beach …
When we got to St. Andrews we parked on North Street, about across the street from St. Salvador’s Chapel – and Butts Wynd.
We separated – Mom and Dad to the golf course to buy something for Grandpa, and the other 4 of us to find St. Andrews College so I could get a [...]
Once Mom had gotten her St. Andrew’s sand, we jointly decided to get back in the car, drive south to the little East Neuk fishing villages and find the fish and chips place both Rick Steves and a friend of my mom’s had recommended – the Anstruther Fish Bar.
Of course, we followed Kevin’s [...]
Thursday. Our final day in Scotland. It feels like the week went by so fast! There’s so much more to see in the country!
I added St. Andrew’s to the itinerary primarily because of Dad … and his desire to see the golf course.
From Rick Steves:
For many, St. Andrews [...]
Andrew and I drove back home to Aberfeldy, just the 2 of us …. Listening to 2 hours of Scotland radio, intermittent rain, glorious countryside (virtually no cities and very few towns on the A-9 from Inverness)…
…. taking photos of the silly-to-us-Americans road signs:
So, after lunch at Urquhart … and after spending as much time as possible waiting for Kevin and Chelsea, we decided to go on to the Castle itself …
The castle itself feels a lot bigger than it looks – especially since a couple of the towers still [...]
We left Culloden Battlefield around 1:30p or 2p and headed back west through Inverness to Loch Ness
I had cut up some veggies that we snacked on in the car … Mom had brought some “crisps” for more snacking.
Kevin and Chelsea were (finally) on their way north, so we told them to meet [...]
After going all through the Culloden visitor’s center …. learning about the politics of each side and how the battle progressed…..
…..at the backdoor, we got an audio guide to the actual battlefield.
It’s an audio guide tied to GPS, so as we walked along the clear path through the field, every 30 [...]
Continuing with our Scotland photos and stories. …. I kind of love dragging it out this much…. I loved that vacation!
Andrew got up EARLY Wednesday morning and walked to the grocery store to get food for a picnic lunch…. Even with not a ton of sleep we were up and ready to leave [...]
Still Tuesday in Edinburgh …. .
Since Kevin had spent a few days in Edinburgh before we got there, he already had a chance to go to some of the Fringe Festival shows …. In fact, I think he went to see this improv group from Texas two times already. So when we were [...]
Tuesday late afternoon in Edinburgh …. Still pouring down rain, still with time to kill before the show…. And still not hungry enough to get dinner …. Walking away from Grey Friar’s cemetery, we were at a little bit of a loss as to what to do and where to go.
It just [...]
(still in Edinburgh, Scotland) …. ..
The rain finally cleared up for a little while – while we were underground of course.
After leaving the pub we made our way back to St. Giles Cathedral to meet mom and dad… and shortly after that it began to rain in earnest again.
Our next plan [...]
After lunch, it was about time for our guided ghost tour – with Auld Reekie Tours.
This was the ONLY thing that I booked ahead of time …. 430p on Tuesday afternoon – the underground vault tour!
Last year, Andrew and I had watched an episode [...]
After visiting Edinburgh Castle in the last morning, we headed a bit farther down the Royal Mile toward St. Giles Cathedral ….
The Cathedral is just maybe ½ to 3/4 mile down the hill from the Castle.
On the entrance side is a big open square where one of the Edinburgh [...]