June - July 2012
  • Day17

    Whisky and Ale!

    July 15, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 50 °F

    "How have you enjoyed the whisky and ale?" we've been asked several times. The answer is that we've enjoyed them a lot! Over the course of two weeks, we got to sample five different single malts and fifteen different local ales, almost all cask conditioned, and all made even better by being served at the proper temperature.

    Michele's favorite whisky was the Oban 14 (Oban), because it wasn't too smokey/peatey. Dan's favorite was the Talisker 10 (Isle of Skye), because it was more so. We also got to sample Jura 10 (Isle of Jura), Glenkinchie 12 (just south of Edinburgh), and Tomatin 12 (just south of Inverness).

    For ales, the clear winner was Inveralmond Brewery's Lia Fail, followed by the close contingent of Oban Bay Brewery's Skelpt Lug, Isle of Skye Brewery's Black Cuillen, and Caledonian 80. All three Bellhaven ales--Best, St. Andrews, and 80--also hit the spot, as did Cairngorm Brewery's Nessie's Monster Mash and Highland Brewing Company's Dark Munro. These are all beers on the darker and sweeter side, but we also had two good Pale Ales, including Edinburgh's Innis and Gunn Original and Inveralmond's Ossian.

    Scotland is definitely worth the trip for any whisky and ale lover, that's for sure!
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  • Day17

    Scottish Fare!

    July 15, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 50 °F

    We did our best to sample as much of the local cuisine as we could, and we did pretty well! We were able to enjoy everything, from North Sea and North Atlantic seafood to the traditional full Scottish breakfast, to more modern Scottish twists on Mediterranean. Fortunately, we were able to capture (with the handy Evernote Food app) some of these, which you can find by following this link <https://www.evernote.com/pub/dan_boisvert/scotland--pubsandrestaurants>. (You should be able to view these without creating an Evernote account.)

    Unfortunately, we failed to capture two of our best dining experiences, one at Mithas, a fascinating fine-dining Indian restaurant we attended with the other participants and partners from the Hybrid Conference, another at The Reverie, a deliciously fun pub restaurant, also in Edinburgh. But click on the links, and you'll see some of the reasons our trip was so tasty!
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  • Day16

    Back Home in Charlotte

    July 14, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

    We're now back home in Charlotte. What a wonderful two-week Anniversary trip, made eminently possible by a great group of philosopher organizers in Edinburgh who put together the Hybrid Theories in Metaethics Conference. Michele and I are very grateful!

    When we've settled a bit back into our Charlotte routines, we'll post a few more "recap" or "topic" posts, especially for all of the great food and beverage (!), for anyone who may be interested.Read more

  • Day15

    Edinburgh Rd 2-Our Last Day in Scotland!

    July 13, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 54 °F

    We end our trip by returning to Edinburgh to spend one last day viewing the more important historic sites along The Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is actually 1.2 miles, with Edinburgh Castle on one end and the Holyrood Palace (the Queen's Edinburgh home) at the other. Below are some shots of The Castle and some of its views, along with several of The Palace. But the most interesting parts of The Royal Mile are actually along The Mile. (More pics from the mile will be in the next post.) While Michele finished up her shopping, Dan decided to a walk a bit more to see some of the views from Holyrood Park, Arthur's Seat, and the Salisbury Crags. It was a wonderful way to complete our trip!

    We're off to pack for tomorrow's trip back to North Carolina!
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  • Day14

    St. Andrews!

    July 12, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    It's hard to know where to begin with St. Andrews. We weren't prepared for all of this. There was of course the very, very old St. Andrews Cathedral and Castle. It was inspiring strolling the grounds of the University of St. Andrews, the third oldest University in the English-speaking world and established 600 years ago in 1413. For those who don't know, St. Andrews is home to the first golf course in the world, "The Old Course." Here is a shot of the 18th green during tournament play yesterday, with the West Sands (of "Chariots of Fire" fame) in the background, along with a shot of the R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club), home of the World Governing Body for Golf. And not to be forgotten, the quaint area surrounding Market Street, with its shops and eateries.

    We have one more day of our journey, which we'll be spending back in Edinburgh tomorrow before heading back to North Carolina on Saturday.
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  • Day14

    Even more of the Scottish Countryside

    July 12, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

    On our way to St. Andrews this morning, we stopped in the wonderfully likeable town of Pitlochry. After St. Andrews (which is highlighted in the next post), we made it to our final B&B, back in Edinburgh.

  • Day13

    Inverness and Culloden Battlefield

    July 11, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    We made our way into Inverness yesterday morning, by way of Loch Ness, but Nessie didn't feel like making an appearance. (Sorry about that.) So we headed on into the city to another wonderful B&B. We enjoyed the city, along with its used bookstore, historic main street, and more wonderful pubs. This morning, we toured Culloden Battlefield. Here are a few photos, but you can read more about the historic battle here <https://www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Culloden/> if you're so inclined. Tomorrow, we're off to Edinburgh, by way of Pitlochery and St. Andrews!Read more

  • Day11

    Oh, Colorful Skye!

    July 9, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 52 °F

    We then spent the morning in the harbor town of Portree, then went for a drive along the Trotternish Peninsula, the northermost part of the Isle of Skye, where we took a pic of Old Man of Storr, Kiltrock, and some island "wildlife." Of course, we finished up with our first full tour of a distillery, Talisker.

    We've come to the end of our time along the Western Islands. Tomorrow, we're headed East to Inverness for more about Scottish history.
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  • Day10

    The Isle of Skye

    July 8, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

    Wow, after a night of much needed rest at our B&B on the Isle of Skye, it was another amazing day of scenery, Scottish history, food, and whisky! Here are a few photos of the B&B, along with Dan's first "Full Scottish Breakfast." Can you tell we loved this place?