Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Ft. William to Edinburgh – Day 15

Friday, May 13th, 2011

 Edinburgh Round About

Ft.William To Edinburgh Driving Map
Our last full day in Scotland, we drove from Ft. William to Edinburgh. We bought groceries in a very large store on the outskirts of Perth. There are always a few edible items we want to bring home. This time, it was HP sauce, Branston Small Chunk Pickle, Candies, and Penguins.

We checked into the Scotsman Hotel, where they hooked us up with a free upgrade to the Baron Suite (2nd largest room in the hotel). We were overjoyed….
Baron's Suite Study

Baron's Suite Bedroom

Baron's Suite Living Space

…Until later that night when the night club several floors down started playing their music. It was OBNOXIOUSLY loud and the floor was thumping in our room. We didn’t sleep a wink, which was the reason for staying at a de-lux hotel in the first place.

Lesson learned: if you are staying at the Scotsman, and they offer to upgrade your room, SAY NO! Unless you are tone deaf…

Glencoe, Castle Stalker, Rainy Day Drive – Day 14

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

With the wind howling and a dark drizzle, we set off for Glencoe. It took about 30 minutes from Ft. William. It cost 12 pounds each to enter the visitor’s center.

Glencoe Panorama

There are three themes to the center: 1. The Massacre and 2. Rock Climbing and Mountaineering 3. The Environment. I thought they did a good job of covering all three topics. There were lots of hands on activities for kids as well. (more…)

Ben Nevis (4,410 ft) – Day 13

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Clare & Dennis Summit Ben Nevis in May Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe Panorama

On summit day, we woke up to intermittent rain. Enjoyed a lovely full breakfast while staring out the picture window at Torlinnhe. It was time to hike, so we grabbed our stuff and jumped in the car. (more…)

Portree to Ft. William, Ben Nevis Maps, Torlinnhe Guest House – Day 12

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Portree To Ft William Driving Map
Our last morning in Portree, we woke up to rain. I wanted to sleep for several more hours, but yanked myself out of bed. We enjoyed another wonderful Scottish breakfast and then hit the road.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
We stopped at Eilean Donan Castle for coffee. There had been a power outage, so the Cafe was just opening. Glad we got there when we did and not an hour earlier! We enjoyed our coffee while staring at the beautiful castle (see above). The rain was relentless, but the added mist in the air was quite romantic! (more…)

Wee Grumpy Run & Hiking the Quiraing – Day 11

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Quiraing Hiking MapQuiraing Hiking Trail

Clare & Dennis Hiking the Quiraing
While devouring our abundant Scottish breakfast, we perused local hiking guides. We decided to hike the Quiraing, a mystical rock formation outside of Uig. We hiked from 10:30am to 3pm. Then we drove back to Uig through Staffin following the route Dennis did the day prior on his bike. (more…)