Rita and Greg - Europe 2011 travel blog

Balmoral Castle

The Royal Chicken Coop

After our 8 hour hike on Thursday we took it easy on Friday.

We needed to spend some time in the morning sorting through some stuff with Hertz and Visa as we had a small "parking lot" accident. We're interested in seeing if it really is worthwhile using a Visa card to cover CDW insurance or whether you should pay the high CDW charges the rental car companies charge. So far, there seems to be a bit of a hassle factor but things are progressing with the insurance coverage.

We went to Balmoral Castle and chicken coop today. This is the Queen's residence in late summer early fall. When she is not there she allows her lowly subjects to tour through the grounds and enter one room of the mansion. The Queen has a huge estate and has some kind of "ownership" of all of the land around here . The interesting thing about the UK is, as a hiker/walker, you can walk anywhere including across any private property. The biking and hiking we have been doing is across all of the Queen's expansive property.

One local we spoke to who is a staunch Scottish Nationalist asked us if we had approached Queen Victoria's old "hide away" on Lake Muick since security tries to keep you away. Since the Scots Nationalists don't like the monarchy they like to push the "we can hike anywhere we want to law" on the Queen's estate. When we told him we had, indeed, walked right up to Queen Victoria's hide away, he simply replied..."GOOD"!

We finished the day with a pub meal, a bit of pub hopping and a wee dram of light and floral Glenkinchie whisky.

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