- posted 10 years ago
Well, I'm home from the Ireland - Scotland trip and dead tired. We
had a lovely time and I got to see loads of new stuff and well
remembered stuff from our Ireland trip eight years ago. Had nice
weather, all things considered. A bit cold and damp when we got to Co.
Donegal but that's to be expected and we had brought a sweater for those
days. We saw lots and lots of dry stacked stone walls and fields of
grazing sheep, of course and loved seeing all of it.
Poor DH did not have fun driving on the other side of the road while
in Ireland. He was so exhausted by the end of the day that he decided
it was time to join the "old folks" and take bus tours! Of course, we
were touring all over Ireland -- from Dublin, through Waterford then a
visit to Bunratty Castle, over to Limerick then on to Galway up to
Belleek and finally to Dunfanaghy (way at the northernmost coast of Co.
Donegal)then back to Dublin -- that we really did need to have a car. I
bought loads of woolen stuff and tacky tourist-y stuff and was a great
boost to the Irish economy, I'm sure. It was while we were in
Dunfanaghy that DH realized the digital camera was not working properly
-- some photos were OK and then some were all wonky and he had no idea
why! We had to take videos from then on. Saw absolutely NOTHING even
remotely related to needlework except for yarns which I bought several
skeins of. Regardless, we had a great time but were quite glad to
return the rental car and hie off to Scotland.
Scotland was a surprise -- almost cloudless the whole time!!! Now
it never got horribly warm -- stayed in the mid 70's F on the warmest
days but with all that direct sun (I DO NOT do well in direct sun) I was
quite happy to get back to the air conditioned hotel room! Of course,
the locals were in "hog heaven" laying about on any available patch of
grass or empty bench with limbs exposed, just soaking up the sunshine
:-). They looked at MOI with my visor and sunglasses like I was maybe
from another country or something LOLOL!
In Scotland we stayed eight days in Glasgow at the Radisson. I
mention the hotel because it had an ICE MACHINE :-). Except for staying
at the Airport Hilton in Dublin, we had to beg glasses of ice from the
hotel pubs in Ireland so that I could have my diet soda done proper :-).
Having an ice machine just a few doors from our room was sheer bliss
for MOI. DH attended his engineering conference all day Monday through
Wednesday and I got to do the Hop-on Hop-off Bus and see all the lovely
things 'round about Glasgow those days. I will have to say, I helped
out the Scottish economy nicely while shopping up and down Buchanan then
Suchiehall!! Thursday was just a half day for him and we did the Hop-on
Bus during the afternoon.
Friday was an ALL DAY tour (as in twelve full hours) on a loaded
bus. Of course, this meant that DH got to actually look at what was
passing by outside the window and he was much happier. We went to Loch
Lomond and Loch Ness (no, didn't get to see the real Nessie) and then
drove down through Stirling & Perth and then back to Glasgow. I can't
remember what all we say but it was beautiful and we got to see lots of
fine heiland coos, too!
Saturday was another tour bus trip but this time we were in a 19
passenger van so it was much more comfy. We saw a lot of the smaller
lochs east of Loch Lomond, etc. and stopped at a number of beautiful
spots to visit the loo, take photos and stretch our legs. We visited
and toured the Glenturrett Distillery, Scotland's oldest distillery --
they produce The Famous Grouse blended whiskey which is apparently well
know to scotch whiskey drinkers. anyway, we got to sample several
different whiskeys they produce :-) :-) :-). I'm not a scotch whiskey
drinker but some of that stuff wasn't all that bad. DSonIL *IS* a
scotch drinker so I got him a bottle of the stuff that is only available
for purchase there at the distillery. From there we stopped several
times along the way to Stirling Castle -- which we didn't go through but
DID get to take some lovely photos. From there we headed back to
Glasgow and were only gone about eight hours before we returned to the
hotel loaded down with our bags of tourist tchatchkis.
Saturday we walked ti Queen Street Train Station and took the train
to Edinburgh to see The Castle. We did the Hop-on bus again as it is
relatively inexpensive all things considered. We got off at The Castle
and walked all about the place. It is quite lovely and big, too! I
again bought lots of souvenirs which Dh promptly left on the tour bus!
I was NOT a happy camper but I just kept my mouth shut -- hard to
believe, I know.
The next day was yesterday -- Sunday and we returned home. It's a
long flight when you have to go from Scotland to Amsterdam and then to
Atlanta!!! We left the hotel at 10:00 AM Glasgow time and walked into
our house at about 11:30 PM. With the 6 hour time difference that's a
grand total of 17 1/2 hours of travel time. Today I am doing laundry
and then more laundry! It's good to be home and to sleep in my own bed
and SEE MY KITTIES. All in all a wonderful trip and I don't leave again
until the middle of July to go back to the cabin. CiaoMeow >^;;^<
PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^< (RCTQ Queen of Kitties)
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