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17 travelers at this place:

  • Day8

    Glamis Castle

    August 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Der Weg war schon super, und eigentlich wollten wir nach "Meikleour Beech Hedge" , den Orthaben wir zwar gefunden aber die größte Buchenhecke der Welt nicht. Angeblich 540m lang und 30m hoch, wir haben sie nicht gesehen 😵. Dafür aber das Geburtsschloss von "Queen Mum" Glamis Castle.
    Sehr schön mit einem sehenswerten Park, Bäume von 1840.

    Dann weiter nach Dundee.
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  • Day12

    Let there be rock

    July 12 in the United Kingdom

    Nach dem Frühstück im Hotel und Loggen eines Caches (um auch in Aberdeen eine digitale Spur zu hinterlassen) brachen wir auf gen Süden mit Ziel Edinburgh.
    Auf dem Weg lagen die Orte Kirriemuir und Forfar, zwei besondere Highlights für Thomas:
    In Forfar wurde Bon Scott, der ehemalige Sänger von AC/DC geboren, in Kirriemuir wuchs er bis zur Emigration seiner Familie nach Australien auf.
    In Kirriemuir wird seiner mit einer Statue (ähnlich der bereits besuchten im Hafen von Fremantle) gedacht, ein Wallfahrtsort für jeden Fan.
    Der Regen blieb uns auch heute treu, so dass der Besuch recht kurz ausfiel.
    Kirriemuir ist ein überraschend großer, netter Ort mit vielen schönen Häusern in der hier üblichen Bauweise. Dort wird auch dem Autor des Kinderbuches "Peter Pan", J.M. Barrie, gedacht.
    Nach einem kurzen Abstecher nach Forfar ging es weiter zum nächsten Ort mit einem gewissen Kultstatus, Doune Castle.
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  • Day24

    The 'Burn' at Edzell

    November 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    One of our favourite local walks, especially in Autumn. Spotted a heron looking for dinner.

  • Day5

    Pitchitsh Stones in the Rain

    September 8, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Intermittent rain through the night to light rain by morning. By the time we were ready to load up, it was raining pretty hard. We encountered heavy/light intermittent rain until the end of the day when the Sun actually came out for a wee bit. Diane elected to drive again today again.

    Continental breakfast of OJ, instant coffee, brown wonder bread and butter with a yogurt. Enough to get us by until lunch, which we had in Pitlochey at a fish and chips place. A gigantic piece of cod. We must have arrived just before a tour bus unloaded. Okay, but we are just not quite used to fried food, but thought we should at least try once.

    The focus of the day was Pitchtish stones. [https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictish_stone ] We started with one as the little spot in the map outside of Crieff called Fowlis Wester. Raining hard, but still had a chance to examine their replica n the center of a few houses. The original and another stone were in the church but we traveled on due to the rain without venturing inside. The next one was also in the little spot on the map, Dunfallany near Pitlochey. Very interesting stone, but to protect it, it was contained in a shelter with plexiglass. But it was raining so we also had some shelter. It had a commanding view of the red Scottish cows and pastures, but was not in the original location. Then on to Meigle where we paid for a year's membership to the Historical Society of Scotland to cover entry here and to many other interesting future sites under protection by the society. The Meigle museum [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meigle_Sculptured_Stone_Museum] had several in what had been an old shool house until the late 1800's. Very interesting set of stones, some fully intack, others partial pieces. Mound grave in the church grave yard purported to be of King Arthur's Genevierre. Then on to the stone in the ruined church at Essie [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eassie_Stone ]. We travled down the road looking ro the next one in Glamis, but when I made a miss turn into the Glamis Castle at the end of the day, we were encouraged not to visit it since it was on the property of an older man who probably had some type of dementia. With all of our travels, we were a little sad that thest important stone to the local people had been moved from their original placement, somehow robbing them of their spirituality and purpose.

    So on we went to Forfar where we found a nice B&B run by Pat and Bill MacDonald so we could settle for the night [thank goodness for the cell phone and the ablity to google at the end of the day. How much we take that all for granted]. After a nice chat with the owners, we went down to The Stag at the corner for dinner. Lodging was 60 pounds, but at least tonight our room was en suite instead of shared with 2 other rooms and comes with full Scottish breakfast (but we declined the black & white pudding (blood sausage)). Dinner was a steal since we arrived and ordered before 6:30. An appetizer and main or main and dessert was 11 pounds so we had an appetizer of pate and oat biscuits with chutney, beef "pie" (stew) with puff pastry and broccoli and carrots, and a dessert of a type of mouse on top of sponge cake with berries all for 22 pounds.

    Bill is in a tournament with his local club that is down to the semi-finals. Peter was quite jealous: Bill is paying 12 pounds a round as part of his tournamet. Bill mentioned watching groups of most likely Americans today, each of the four in each of 3 parties each with caddies trying to make the best of the rain today, while his club opted to wait for a less rainly day for which to finish the tournament. Bill estimated about $1k each person for the soaking experience.

    More rain in the schedule for tomorrow, but perhaps a break mid-day. Plan is to work our way through more pictish stones (Miffen Museum in Forfar, Aberlemno, and St Vigeans in Anrbroath), iron age high peak forts (White and Brown Caterthun) and other antiquites as we work our way up to Aberdee. Not sure if we will make it all the way to Aberdee or perhaps Stonehaven, but not venturing into a big city unless we absolutely need to do so.
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  • Day6

    More Pitcitsh Stones Near Perth-Arbroath

    September 9, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Room was nice, but the bed a bit hard. Up for breakfast by 8:30. Stout Scottish breakfast with 2 pieces of bacon (ham), 2 of sausage, a fried egg, small tomato--halved and some homemade toast in a rack (cold). French press coffee today! We ate breakfast with another couple about 80 yrs who were from the North coast near Petershead. They had been down for a day to ride their bikes along the canals at Falkirck. They have bikes with electric assist due to their age.We had been warned by the cab driver in Glasgow that the norther dialects were hard for him to understand and we found they were a challenge to us as we were to them.

    We had a bit of a delayed start as we lingered to chat with Pat whislt Bill when off to his tournament about 10am. Pat and Bill have been supporting lodgers for 30 some years, especially in the early years to make ends meet. They also lodged quited a few walkers on the cross country paths until hoof & mouth disease became a problem in the mid-2000's. Now they are helping put a family member through an English college for a year or two. No sign out front, just a website put up by one of the 2 sons. [ http://www.bandb.strathdeveron.co.uk]

    Off we went then to "downtown" forfar to visit the local museum with Pictish stones [ http://www.angus.gov.uk/directory_record/174/meffan_museum_and_art_gallery_forfar]. Nice small museum with several examples of Pitctish stones as well as some Roman artifacts.Then on to Arblemno for more Pictish stones near the old church. Weather was quite nice. At least not raining, so on we went to Arbrorath to see more Pictish stones..

    There are a number of stones at a small cottage across the street from St Vigean's church, visible by appt only. We called about noon and found there would be a tour at 2pm so we were in luck.The other tour was about a 1/2 hour behind us, so we had the small building to ourselves with the docent to start. Good thing, the tour was a bus load of international high school students who had just come from Arbroath Abbey [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbroath_Abbey] .

    We went on to the abbey since we were there and could get in with our Historical pass. A very large abbey [ http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/arbroath/arbroathabbey/] , bigger than most that we had seen in Ireland, but in a poor state of repair due to the Reformation in the 1500's. Never-the-less, still very impressive and only housed about 40 monks. Many of the stones had been harvested to build buildings within Arbroath after the Reformation The docent at St Vigean's also worked at the abbey, and she was able to sell to us a few bits and bobs to bring home.

    By now, it was 4pm and we could see there were thicker clouds and darkness approaching. So we opted for finding a place to stay since it was Friday night. We initially tried for a place that overlooked the North Sea and a golf course, but it was full. The owner directed us back into town and on our second try, we found a small room (en-suite) in a very historic building (1745) [ http://www.harbournights.co.uk].

    We went off to a local pub recommended by Bill, the owner, for dinner as lunch was a shared cup of coffee and a few Walkers shortbread biscuits at the abbey. Seafood paella and a lasanga with a bottle of wine. They also had an early bird special, but selection was more limited than the night before and we didn't need the calories. We sat next to a family of a mid-20's gal and Mom and Grandma who were having a meal before the youngest went off to college in Aberdeen to study occupational therapy. Grandmom was from Cork, with daughter here and 2 sons in the States. Interesting to eaves drop and hear the Mom tell the Daugherty that when she was young and first working, she was sorting tulip or daffodil bulbs.

    We worked on the next stops last eve and started to have a panic as it seemed like there was not enough time to see everything without rushing already. But by morning, we realised that we had shorted ourselves by a week of the trip. So not so bad. Looking ahead, it looks like 3 days of better weather, so it will be a good day to the up to the 2 iron age defensive forts near Brechin before heading north further to Aberdeenire, Our theme for the past 2 days has been Pictish stones, but we are now starting to move into more stone circles and whiskey tasting areas before we get to Inverness.
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  • Day3

    18.07. Glamis castle

    July 18, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Glamis Castle, oder der Tag des hüpfenden Zwerchfells .

    Glamis Castle - das Schloss in dem Queen mum lebte, auf dem Sofa sass - Carlotta sitzt vor Stolz auf genau diesem, und von wo man hervorragend die wenig bekleideten Earls betrachten kann. Viele der mehr oder weniger gut ausehenden Männer in der langen Ahnengalerie ließen sich tatsächlich ihren meist komischen Kopf auf einen adoniskörper malen - nackt, erstaunlich - die Königsfamilie hatte eine wirklich exhibitionnistische Ader und nutzen einfach Pinselshop statt Photoshop, Vortäuschung falscher Tatsachen.

    Mit einer ähnlichen Begeisterung wie gestern sind die Kinder im Schloss unterwegs - aber diesmal - gottseidank - ohne Detektivauftrag - wesentlich entspannter. Weniger enspannend ist für Vincent aber sein Schluckauf. Anfänglich, im Auto, befreit uns das ja von seinen planbaren coolen Sprüchen - kommt also nicht ganz ungelegen - im Laufe des Tages breitet sich aber mein mütterliches Mitleid aus. So oft, wie Vincent empfohlen wird, die Luft anzuhalten und am besten bis 700 zu zählen - mehrfach hintereinander - stimmen mich besorgt und ängstlich, dass er in Kürze evtl. seine Gesichtsfarbe ändert. Vielleicht helfen ja auch unzählige Liter Wasser, ohne Pause in kleinen Schlucken - nix - dann einfach alles essen, was irgendwie in diesem Auto zu finden ist , wieder nix, vielleicht ja mal ohne zu schlucken, oder schnell, oder langsam ,halt irgendwie- am besten einfach alles in Kombination . Den Vorschlag, er soll einfach an was schönes denken, vermeide ich - keine Ahnung warum - naja, er ist ein Teenager!!!

    Der Spaziergang durch den wunderschönen Schlossgarten mit "Langemgesichtzwerchfellvincent" und "ich hab HungerundDurst" Noah und Amon unterstützen die Stimmung total - und das Lauftempo - Uli läuft irgendwie extra langsam und ich versuche , das Tempo wieder unbemerkt anzuziehen - schließlich habe ich ja noch immer einen Zwerchfellpatienten im Schlepptau.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Angus, ANS, أنغس, Вобласць Ангус, Ангъс, Aonghas, Ангус, آنگوس, Comhairle Aonghais, アンガス, 앵거스 주, Angusia, Angusas, اینگس, 安格斯

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