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Jul 29, 2018 - Day 8 - There No “u” in “Mick”, Unless You’re in Scotland

Day 8 - There No “u” in “Mick”, Unless You’re in Scotland We’ve been very lucky with the weather so far on this trip. It’s been mostly cloudy (especially while we were in Glasgow), and at times, it’s even been hot. (unusually so for Scotland. So much so that the place we’re staying does not have air conditioning. Their explanation: “We’ve never needed it before. It’s never been this hot”). Scotland is not Hawaii. Bad weather is the rule, not the exception. And just like gambler at the craps table who keeps shooting sevens on the come-out...

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Jul 28, 2018 - Day 7 - It Still Tastes Like Arse To Me

Another day, another castle. This time, it’s not really a castle. It’s called “Balmoral Castle”, and I suppose some aspects of its architecture do have castle-like characteristics. But, it’s still not really a castle. It’s the August Residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and her royal husband Philip, or whatever his title is. They take up residence at Balmoral in August, but the rest of the year, they allow people to tour the property, part of it anyway. You can tour the grounds, and one small room of the house. The grounds are really nice,...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Ballater, the Queen's Country

Our driving experience commences. Ballater is very close to Balmoral, the Queen's Summer residence, and as she was in residence, the Palace was not open to the public. We did buy some lovely blue cheese from a Providore that provides goods to the Royal Family, we visited the majestic (pun) Glen Muik which is loved and frequented by the Royals, and also Muir of Dinnet where we had a lovely walk around Loch Kinord. We visited the seaside town of Stonehaven where we walked along the cliffs to Dunnottar Castle, surrounded on three sides by the...

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May 13, 2011 - Balmoral Castle and 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...

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May 12, 2011 - Bagged a Munro Today

We bagged a Munro today...Lochnagar. A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). They are named after Sir Hugh Munro who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891. There are 283 Munros. The most well known Munro is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, with an altitude of 1,344 metres (4,409 ft). We hiked over 8 hours through sun, rain, sleet and extreme winds to reach the Lochnagar Munro. Although not high by Canadian standards the mountains are challenging to hike...

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May 11, 2011 - Ballater, Scotland

We are staying for a week in Ballater Scotland at the Hilton Craigendarroch. We have been very busy as we have linked up with Irmgard (Rita's sister) and her husband, Neil. We are enjoying Scotland quite a bit. Day one...long walk up and over a few hills. Day two...drive through the countryside finding Neil's ancestral home in Leslie and onward to Huntly Castle and even a stop at a shortbread factory...WOW! Then dinner at the local pub. Day three...looooong bike ride (6 hours) through the Queen's reserve at Balmoral Castle and a stop for a...

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