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May 21, 2017 - Drymen and Bute

Thursday/Friday May 18/19 Had good uneventful flights—no drunk or obnoxious passengers or screaming babies, and the entertainment system functioned properly. It was seven hours to Reykjavik and just two hours on to Glasgow. I was very glad I decided to splurge on the taxi out to the hotel. I don’t know what I was thinking when I considered using the bus system with jet lag and luggage! I called the taxi service recommended by the hotel, and they took me to the tour hotel in Drymen. I had been pronoucing it ‘Dry-men’, but found out it should...

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May 12, 2017 - Stirling Castle

Off this morning after a leisurely breakfast to drive to Stirling Castle, sited on top of a volcanic outcrop it dominates the landscape and provides excellent views of any possible invaders from any direction. Within the walls of the castle is a Palace built by James V as a present to his wife. Much restoration has been done and is indeed ongoing to reproduce the colours inside and out. The outside of the Great Hall is in a gold - sign of power and inside the hammerhead ceiling has now been restored. In the palace itself are the bedrooms...

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May 11, 2017 - Glasgow to Drymen

Sorry to leave Glasgow with so many more places I could have visited but very happy with what Imwas able to do. Took an early morning walk to the Central Staion to get my Edinburg - London ticket, then a stroll to the bus stop just to check the route from my hotel. The bus ride took me through the outskirts of Glasgow and quite large centre but after about an hour the scenery became more rural and I became a little anxious that I had no real knowledge of my stopping place but after a bit of discussion with several of the passengers who had...

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Jul 8, 2016 - The Long Walk

Nadia had mentioned last night that she was a little concerned because today was their longest walking day. She was hoping that our AirBnB host would run them up the rode a bit and cut out a lot of their walking. Over breakfast we learned that they were hoping to get him to drive them to Drymen. We threw their backpacks into the car and gave them a lift to Drymen. I missed one turn and had to backtrack because we were talking so much. Once in Drymen, Theresa and I found a little sandwich shop with free wifi. The wifi at our AirBnB was very...

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Jul 7, 2016 - Roots

From the Galloway Forrest area we headed to Loch Lomond. We had set up Google turn-by-turn and were using those offline to guide us. We learned a couple of valuable lessons. If you miss a turn because Google says, stay straight, when it really meant stay to the left at the fork, you loose everything because it tries to reroute and you don't have data for it to do that. Auntie Audi has some landmarks that she thinks are addresses. The Google turn-by-turn differed from the directions I had printed and took right through Glasgow. I had wanted...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Day 1: Milngavie -> Drymen

There's an old saying (with tongue firmly in cheek) that 'there is no finer city to leave than Glasgow'. It is harsh as it is a fine city but it has been a joy to leave and feel the way under our feet, the surrounding countryside was pretty in a gentle, farmed way (it is just a shame that it was doing that Scottish thing and raining!) We arrived in Milngavie (pronounced Milnguy) in plenty of time (although we stepped onto the platform at Glasgow’s Charing Cross station just as our train was pulling in) to drop our bags with the courier who...

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Aug 7, 2007 - Previewing the Military Tattoo & Off to the Pub

Second day in Glasgow and by pure chance Mick happened to hear that the Edinburgh Military Tattoo was putting on a parade in Glasgow so off to the city I went again to check it all out. Just some of the bands and dancers came over but it was enough of a taster. The steel band from Trinadad & Tobago were the most popular and easily the coolest. The Americans were a pipe band dressed up from the period of the War of Independence and the Russians were pretty formal and a bit intimidating. But it was all good and I can't wait for Friday night...

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