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Posted: 04-Jun-2008, 10:20 AM
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QUOTE (Lady of Avalon @ 02-Jun-2008, 04:57 PM)
Hi jbarron,
I'll sneak in once in a while.
If you get the chance to do all of Scotland don't forget the Orkney's.
We took the ferry at Thurso early (I mean early) in the morning to Orkney Islands it's about a 2 hours crossing and what a view you'll get.

We took the P&O ferry company which is quite a big boat and so you are very comfortable if you want to snooze a bit and then get on deck so that you don't miss all.
There is some cliffs along the coast of Hoy and the boat pass just in front of the most breathtaking sight of a sea stack which they call "The Old Man of Hoy" it is fantastic the rock is about 450 ft high.
The boat land at Stromness which is the main city of the island once on the island there is so much to see.

There are some little shops downtown that are interesting to see.
You will find of course that everything is pretty much norse there,streets have vikings names as well as some stores.
The island is small but you have a lot to discover. There is the prehistoric village of Skara Brae which is very impressive as well as the megalithic stone circle Ring of Brogar dating the bronze age and also the neolithic cairn of Maes Howe where you can still see vikings runic grafittis on the stones. And many more sights like this.
If you tour Scotland don't miss this great place.
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Wow - that sounds fascinating! I am ready to go! biggrin.gif

Thank you very much for the suggestions (I am compiling a list).
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Posted: 04-Jun-2008, 10:22 AM
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QUOTE (A Shrule Egan @ 31-May-2008, 07:24 PM)
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We flew into Edinburgh and stayed one night in a B&B in Falkirk, just outside of the Falkirk Wheel, http://www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk/

After that, we moved onto Aberfoyle and stayed at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Resort, http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/foresthil...tion_hotels.htm and used that as our base to explore each day. It gave us an easy ride into Stirling and also was close enough to reach the Highlands and explore that. We did drive all the way up to Isle of Skye from there but that was a killer ride for just one day. We should have stayed on Skye for the one night and head back the next day.

If you do go to Aberfoyle, stop at the little butcher shop in front of the woolen center outlet. They make the best bridies. Do not stop at the restaurant right before coming into Aberfolyle. It's at the cross roads of Aberfolye and Loch Lomand. The food and service was terrible. Better places in downtown Aberfolyle.

Traveling up the A-82 to reach the Highlands, make sure you stop at The Green Welly in Tyndrum, http://www.scotchwhisky.net/retail/retaile...green_welly.htm . First of all, it's the last place for many miles, before you can make a stop again. You can fill up your car, have lunch and do some shopping there. Fun place.

I have many pictures in the Gallery of the castles and some of the scenery we passed along the way. I have explanations with all the pictures.

Scotland was very expensive but I wouldn't pass up a return trip.

Thank you very much for the suggestions and all the great URLs. I will keep them for reference and hopefully get to see some of the places you've described. I'll also check out the pictures in the Gallery...one can never get enough of beautful Scottish scenery and castles.

mmmmmm....bridies....yummmmm!

Here's a picture of the view we had outside the bedroom of the MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel & Resort in Aberfoyle.

That's absolutely beautiful....
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Finduella -

I have a recipe for Cullen Skink...if you're interested, I could post it on the Scottish recipe forum. I don't know if it will be as good as the one you had from Cullen but it's supposedly authentic. It sounds delicious!

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Hey Guys;
Ihave a recipes also for "Maw Broons' Cullen Skink. " Bluidy Marvellous.


Camac.

If you'd care to - please post it on the recipe forum under Scottish recipes - I'd love to try it!

I'll put the other recipe on there tomorrow too as I don't have it with me.

Yum!

My apologies...I spaced doing this and never posted the recipe. unsure.gif

I will try to get to that very soon.
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QUOTE (Camac @ 31-May-2008, 09:23 AM)
Chapter 3.

Well after six hours of being packed into a Flying Sardine Can I arrived at Glasgow Intern'l Airport at 9:30 in the a.m.. After about ten minutes in Immigration and 0 mins in Customs, they were not on duty and I could have smuggled an Atom Bomb into the country, I exited Arrivals arms full of Duty Free, suitcase in tow,to have my ears assailed by the screams of "DAVID,DAVID" followed by two 60 year old women tackling me while a man thumped my back. Thus I was welcomed by my cousin Alister, his wife Linda, and cousin Moira. Admist the hugs, tears, and kisses I was Home and with my Lost Family. Next was the trip to Dundee on the other side of Scotland. It was an 1 1/2 drive on secondary roads through the Scottish countryside, Glasgow to Stirling then North to Dundee crossing over the Tay on the Highway bridge and into Monofeith the suburb where Alister and Linda have a lovely home, not at all what I expected. The rest of the day was spent unpacking and getting settled in and talking for hours getting to know each other.The next morning I was awakened to a breakfast of Bacon and eggs and Black Pudding and coffee. I was definitely home. I had some duties to perform that first day so with Alister, Linda and Moira set off to fufill them. The first stop was "The Law (extinct volcano in the middle of Dundee) to pay Honour to my Father at the War Memorial perched on the summit. From there we went to the Family plot where my Grandparents and my Fathers' brothers and sisters are buried. Here I left a Plaque that read "Cpl. David Campbell, 2Bn., 48th Tank Regiment. Royal Armoured Corp. 15 May 1944, Deli Ibraham, Algiers.
A True Highland Warrior. From his Loving Scots=Canadian Son, David." So ends chapter 3.

PS. One thing the Scots cannae dae is make coffee.

What a wonderful homecoming! It's always been said that the Scots always welcome their kin with open arms and an open house.

The plaque you left for your Dad is very touching. A true Highland warrior indeed. I am sure he would have appreciated that you did that.
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I am going with my son next year to Scotland then to Ireland; I have a friend I found on CelticRadio guiding me through the Scotland part and it's B&B's all the way through the parts we choose as a must see; Castles are my thing, and you're right, there are a lot in Scotland, so he's accomodating that, plus some absolutely gorgeous landscape; the B&B's I've contacted are very friendly and helpful, I really wish it was more then 2 weeks but will barely manage to take that off from work; I wish it was sooner. He's sent me some utube sites with different destinations that are very cool, helps to pick and choose where I want to go the most!
good nite all!


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