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Aug 29, 2016 - Inverary & Culzean

The sunny weather today helped with my long drive from Oban to Culzean (listed as Maybole). This is my last full day in Scotland, and I find it difficult to fathom that 19 days have flown by so fast. I'll leave you with some overall impressions of Scotland before I get into the details of today's adventure. The country is quite stunning with all its peaks, valleys, lochs, and greenery. As you can surmise, there are more castles than you can shake a stick at, even though there are many different versions of what is called a castle. As you...

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Jun 24, 2016 - The last few nights in the UK

Well here we on the count down...started our last couple of days enjoying absolute stunning scenery on our drive through the Shropshire Hills of Central Wales. The scenery was unbelievable ... Thee best of the entire trip. Extremely narrow roadways ( we generally kept to the secondary roads to take in the countryside ). On our journey south to Cardiff we made a stop for lunch and a stretch break. From there we turned onto the highway to Bath and our next stop was in Pucklechurch ( the home town of our friend Sally Heinrick ) Her hubby Roy...

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Jun 23, 2016 - West Coast of Scotland for our tour The Kennedy Clan ancestral home "Culzean Castle"

Another beautiful drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow....Just a very short 45 min. drive and our first visual thought was Glasgow being a more up to date modern city. Extremely busy and fast paced, so chose to continue down the west coast to South of Ayr in a little community called Maybole. We spent 2-3 hrs touring the Culzean Castle "as most of you know my Joanne is/was a Kennedy" and this area of Scotland is the ancestral home of her family clan. Without a doubt this has been another highlight of our trip. The castle itself is outstanding...

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Jul 31, 2014 - Tickling the Trout in Scotland

Hi Everyone We drove across the Pennines, often called the backbone of England, with its undulating, windswept, treeless hills and a sky that seemed to go on forever. It’s a beautiful place but I am sure it would be an extremely bleak and lonely place in the depth of winter. Before we crossed into Scotland we stopped in Carlisle, the last town in England before the border. We parked up on Mary and Frank’s drive and had a lovely couple of days. Thank you both so much. Also it was so nice seeing Edna again. In Carlisle stands the ‘Cursing...

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May 14, 2013 - Birthplace of Robert Burns (Ayr)

We wanted to savor the pleasure of riding down in our hotel elevator, walking through the train station lobby, and boarding a train somewhere without having to exit and walk 3-4 blocks to Queen Street Station. So we decided to go and visit Alloway near Ayr. Alloway is the birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland's revered romantic poet. The weather was damp (again) and we actually purchased woolen gloves in Ayr due to the cold. Our fingers were not holding up too well stuffed into coat pockets! We had to exit the train station in Ayr and then...

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Jan 5, 2011 - Endinburgh

Ok, we're into the home stretch now, just 5 more days 'til we leave for home. We've decided to cram as much as we can in before we leave. So, first stop Edinburgh. Overnight rain and freezing temps have made some of the roads hazardous to travel on, so caution may be the order of the day. Approaching Edinburgh on the M8 motorway, we pass long queues of traffic heading the other way - held up by numerous accidents earlier in the morning. Road seems free of ice so we made good time and are soon at our destination well before lunch. Half a day...

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European adventure

Jan 4, 2011 - Scotland - Lochs and Highlands

The weather up north seems to be holding so its off to Scotland for a quick look see. Lochs and highlands are what we want to see, so after consulting our travel bible, Google Maps, we select Ayr as a good place to stay for a couple of nights (http://www.ayr.co.uk/). Arrive at Ayr, find the B&B we booked, the Daviot Guesthouse (http://www.daviothouse.co.uk/index.html?gclid=CKn-ju_JoaYCFcoe4QodySSYYw), stow the luggage, and head off to explore the town for a bit. Weather may be holding, but it is bitterly cold. Walking along the seafront...

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European adventure

Jan 4, 2011 - Scotland - Lochs and Highlands

The weather up north seems to be holding so its off to Scotland for a quick look see. Lochs and highlands are what we want to see, so after consulting our travel bible, Google Maps, we select Ayr as a good place to stay for a couple of nights (http://www.ayr.co.uk/). Arrive at Ayr, find the B&B we booked, the Daviot Guesthouse (http://www.daviothouse.co.uk/index.html?gclid=CKn-ju_JoaYCFcoe4QodySSYYw), stow the luggage, and head off to explore the town for a bit. Weather may be holding, but it is bitterly cold. Walking along the seafront...

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Jul 2, 2007 - Ayr

I am starting work again!!!! Arrgh... I have a 2 week locum in Ayr, Scotland. I arrived at the hospital today and have settled into the nurses accommodation. Not too bad and it's close to the hospital so when I start work at 8.30am I'll only need to put my alarm on for a few minutes before. I spent the weekend in Greenock (west of Glasgow). Got there on Friday after spending all day travelling from Isle of Lewis. Only took 10 1/2 hours (ferry, bus, bus, train). On Saturday a group of us went on the Waverley Paddle Steamer. It sails along...

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Oct 21, 2006 - Weekend Ayr

Na de kennismaking met de familie Clifford zijn we Ayr zelf in gegaan. Vrienden van Lobo gingen ook mee om ons de stad te laten zien. Ayr is een leuk klein stadje dat best gezellig is. Zoals in bijna ieder plekje in Schotland zijn hier ook weer ontzettend veel oude ruïnes, kerken, bruggen etc. te vinden (zie foto's). Ook zijn ze in Ayr net als in de rest van de U.K. gek van monumenten (zie foto William Wallace Tower). Verder nog bij een oude kerk (St. Johns Tower) geweest waar de laatste heks van Ayr nog op de brandstapel is gegooid. De...

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Dutchie on the move

Sep 24, 2006 - Getting to Glasgow Prestwick Airport

The drive to Glasgow Airport from the southern boderlands was an adventure in itself. As the sun set I noticed that fog was rising from the ground(it had been raining all day). As the sunlight disappeared the mist got thicker and thicker until the visiblity was no better than 10m. For a nervous 1 1/2 hours I picked my way along winding roads towards the expressway linking Glasgow-Edinburgh. Most of the other drivers seemed not too put off by the fog, and insisted on passing me at high speed. It took 2 1/2 hours but I made it to Glasgow...

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Scotland 2006

May 30, 2006 - Ayr

Up, but not as early as preffered. Drove to main town in Isle of Skye and around. Time got by and headed back as we had to make a lot of ground for the day to get the ferry over to Belfast. Drove for about 6 hrs to get to a town we thought we'd stay at, Kinerloack or similar me thinks. Wondered why it wasn't mentioned in the lonely planet and worked out pretty quickly why. Didn't want to stop the car. Think the red lights there are advisory only. Drove on to another town called Ayr. Very nice, got a B&B in a house that is over 600 years...

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