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  • Day12

    The Kelpies

    September 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Chosen by Scottish Canals at the inception of the project, The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 100 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change of our landscapes, endurance of our inland waterways and the strength of our communities. 

    Andy Scott's vision for The Kelpies follows the lineage of the heavy horse of industry and economy, pulling the wagons and ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the structural layout of the area. Retaining The Kelpies as the title for these equine monuments, Andy sought to represent the transformational and sustainably enduring qualities The Helix stands for through the majesty of The Kelpies.Read more

  • Day15

    Heading north

    August 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Departing Glasgow in our zippy Fiat 500 we decided to head north east towards Stirling, en route to a cottage just out of Glenmoriston, where we'd spend the next 5 nights amongst the glens, lochs and munros of the Scottish Highlands.

    First stop was the truly impressive Falkirk Wheel, an elegant rotating boat lift which gently swings boats between the Forth and Clyde canals, lifting boats to a height of 35m (equivalent to 11 traditional boat locks), all in just 15 minutes. Also impressive were 2m high metallic sculptures of horses heads, which we were soon to discover were mere models of the real things. We chanced upon "The Kelpies" , fantastic 30m high horse head sculptures, which overlook significant new developments in Scotland's all-important canal system. Horses have traditionally played a significant role in the region, drawing barges of coal, iron ore and goods from regional centres to key industrial cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    Taking a considerable step back in time we then explored Rough Castle, where part of the Antonine Wall is highly visible amongst the vestiges of this Roman fort. Built around AD140, when Romans invaded Scotland (for the second time), the 60km long earth rampart wall and associated ditches and forts aimed to keep the locals out of what was considered Roman territory.

    As usual we'd planned too much into our day and after a quick wander around the beautifully preserved town of Culross, we headed towards our cottage via the pretty Trossachs region and the utterly awe-inspiring Glencoe area. The cloud and drizzle that had characterised much of our time in Scotland was a perfect complement to the craggy peaks and tumbling waters. Settled into our cosy cottage we made a plan of attack for the next few days. So much to see and so little time!
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  • Day7

    Falkirk Wheel

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Joachim: Heute ging es durch Glasgow weiter nach Falkirk. Zuerst zum "Wheel" und dann zu den "Kelpies"
    1. Das Falkirk Wheel ist das einzige Rotations-Schiffshebewerk der Welt.
    35m hoch und 30m lang, Gesamtlast 600 Tonnen (300 je Seite), Bauzeit 22 Monate, Gesamtkosten 17,5 Millionen Pfund, es soll 120 Jahre halten.
    2. Die Kelpies sind weltweit die höchsten Pferdeskulpturen mit 30 Metern

    Sehr beeindruckend war das Wheel, einfach irre wenn es sich dreht.
    Und mit dem Wetter hatten wir Glück, es war immer wieder trocken, bis dann der große Regen kam.

    Ann: Das Schiffshebewerk war wirklich wahnsinnig toll. Wir hatten das Glück das wir dreimal sehen konnten wie es sich dreht. Aber wie immer eine Souvenir Maile, von T-Shirts über Flaschenöffner zu Bettwäsche und Unterwäsche unglaublich.
    Die Kelpies haben auch eine mystische Bedeutung : Die Pferde kommen schön und prächtig geschmückt zu einem und verführen einen damit man sich auf ihren Rücken setzt und mit ihnen weg reitet. Dann aber schlingen sie ihre kalte und nasse Mähne um einen und reitet ins Wasser um einen zu ertränkten.
    Also man sollte nicht gierig sein.....soweit so gut ...uns erschienen sie heute sehr zahm und gutmütig.
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  • Day9

    Falkirk Wheel

    September 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Great feat of engineering ... Boring boat trip!

  • Day10

    Big horse heads

    September 5, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Kelpies... Lovely underground horses that drag u to hell!

  • Day2

    Falkirk Wheel

    March 26 in the United Kingdom

    Das Schiffshebewerk in Falkirk ist schon was besonderes. Und wir hatten Glück und kamen direkt im Hebevorgang von einem Ausflugsschiff an. Lange haben wir uns aber nicht aufgehalten und sind nach dem schnellen Abendessen zum Campingplatz Mortonhall, südlich von Edinburgh aufgebrochen.

  • Day2

    Eisenbahmuseum Bo'ness

    March 26 in the United Kingdom

    Nach dem ersten Tanken und Einkaufen ging es von Broxburn nach Bo'ness. Es ist ein nettes Eisenbahnmuseum der Scottish Steam Railway, wo zumindest Eisenbahnfreunde auf ihre Kosten kommen. Die Kinder konnten aber auch elektrisch Weichen stellen und waren nicht gelangweilt.

  • Day30

    Day 30: Daryl's Arrival and Stirling

    May 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Set my alarm the previous night but it didn't go off this morning...whoops, might have set it an hour too late there..(turns out I hadn't changed the time from Paris so it was one hour out!)

    So Alison knocked on my door at 5 to 7 so I had o jump out of bed and get clothes on. (we had planned to leave at 7!) We checked the arrival time and it turned out he had already landed, about half an hour early, so we decided, screw it. We would just drive. We moved the witches hat from the previous night and told David to watch it, and get Emma to help. (it had survived the night so we thought great!!)

    So off we went, debating the merits of parking until we got there, and realised we might just drop me to collect Daryl ad the car in he drop off zone, which was only £1. We discussed it, but it was going to be too difficult to find each other again that way. This we realised as we went n, so we hanged our plan to deal with a heavy fee in the arrival section. U till we actually drove in the drop off section and realised we could stay there for an hour for £7 (instead of that much for 21mins)! Done. 

    It took us a bit to find the car centre. It was no longer inside the airport, and because no one drives the airport, parks, and then hires a car, there were no signs useful for us!!

    Eventually we found it, and Daryl waiting for us. So exciting to see the wee bugger! ;)

    So we got a car. NOT the Fiat 500 I really wanted (and booked), they 'upgraded' us to the Hyundai i20. Eh. I wanted a damn fiat, and I will now have to go home and test drive one to see how it goes. 

    Anyway, we got it fine, and Alison went back to collect our car, and we went to get the new one. We then met eat there around the series of roundabouts leading to the airport. 

    By the time we got home, someone had pinched (and either taken with them or hidden extremely well) and we had lost our spot. Thankfully we found two spots and where able to stop for a bit at home. This meant Daryl could have a shower which was probably one of the best for him!! What with a long trip, arriving first thing in the morning as well as carrying an unidentified lump next your balls. 

    So with Emma taking my seat in the Citroen and Daryl and I in the little car, we drove off towards Stirling and our first stop, the Kelpies. They were quite impressive. Unfortunately I can't recall how many individual glass plates I heard there were in each of the Kelpies heads. No one really understood exactly what was going on. The Kelpies where impressive but there were no information boards or anything to explain exactly what they were, why they were there or anything. After looking at a book in the shop I think they may be a mythical creature of the canal and are there to protect it(?).

    There was also a gorgeous little spaniel which I think we all patted at some point, or at least the women of the group! He just flopped over when I tried to pat him :)

    We got back in the car to head to the Ferris wheel lock. We tried to get breakfast here, there was nothing at the Kelpies, and it was now 1145am. Our timing was amazing because Thu had just stopped breakfast and didn't start lunch until 12!! We saw a tour boat start to get ready to have go through the wheel lock itself. We trooped outside to watch it from a better angle. It takes the power of just 12 kettles to run, and five minutes to get through. Daryl and I went and sat on a bench, faj and Alison sat on a bench also. Emma stood almost underneath it, and David walked around to see it from the other end of the pool of water and a little further away. He probably and the best view, or all and I who were facing the side of it. It was quite fast for such a structure and used gyro technology to hold the boats. 

    We went back in for lunch after watching it. Daryl and I decided to share. We had mac and Galloway cheddar. Hesse as well as a Cajun chicken and cheese toasty. It was actually really tasty! I also had a black cherry and raspberry fizzy drink that was weird but somehow tasty at the same time. And a little medicine like in flavour.

    Then we went off to Glengoyne Distillery. We went on the tour, all of us, because Daryl and Emma both hadn't been on one yet. Learnt a couple of different things, as I think you would,d each time, unless you worked there because your brain picks up different things as important each time. This guy said he goes by the adage, and so should we all, that single malts should not have mixers in them. (water is not a mixer I don't think) You can mix what you ant with blended because they are already technical mixed, but single malts don't handle it s well and it shouldnt be done. I can't recall when he said it happened, but at some point they drew lines across the country to determine the regions and Glengoyne happens to be part of the Highlands when it comes to whisky. The line itself is actually the road at this point so it was quite a close call there!! Also I will see if anyone else remembers, probably Daryl will, the importance of the roofing for aeration and if I have got that correct. It had a specific name hat will come to me with he help of Google, and the guide said if we saw one, it was a clear indication of whisky making. 

    Then onto Stirling. We hung out at the house a while, which was a huge place and we all got wonderful rooms (David took the bunk room under protest from Emma, and we let faj take the ensuite room, not that we would have taken it from them but of course Alison offered). No one could be bothered much by dinner but David didn't like take-away so he walked into town and ate at 21 Baker St (or at least that's what mumba told me later). Emma went for a walk and I don't think wanted fish and chips that the rest of us decided on, so she ended up with noodles. Daryl and I went for a walk and brought back fish and chips for us and the parents. I saw haggis fritters on the menu and thought, now is my chance!! Ok ok, it's not like I hadn't had many many chances prior to this one, so maybe I thought, ok I really do have to do this before I leave! We had it with malt vinegar and it was actually quite nice! Shock horror! I actually like haggis. There is said it! Ok, fine, I didn't eat real haggis but I liked what I ate! :) 

    I thought it had a lower intensity flavour than black pudding. And in all honesty, I think it has to be eaten with something, I don't think you can just eat haggis like a sausage. It needs something to almost dilute the flavour. Oatcakes I guess would work... So turns out I could order haggis and be ok!

    FINISH

    Set my alarm the qevious night but it didn't go off this morning...whoops, might have set it an hour too late there..
    So Alison knocked on my door at 5 to 7 so I had o jump out of bed and get clothes on. We checked the arrival time and it turned out he had already landed, about half an hoe early, so we decided, screw it. We would just drive. We moved the witches hat from the previous night and told David to watch it, and get Emma to help. (it ad survived so we thought great!!)

    So off we went, debating the merits of parking until we got there, and realised we might just drop me to collect Daryl ad the car in he drop off zone, which was only £1. We discussed it, but it was going to be too difficult to find each other again that way. This we realised as we went n, so we hanged our plan to deal with a heavy fee in the arrival section. U till we actually drove in the drop off section and realised we could stay there for an hour for £7 (instead of that much for 21mins)! Done.
    It took us a bit to find the car centre. It was no longer inside the airport, and because no one drives the airport, parks, and then ires a car, there were no signs useful for us!!

    Eventually we found it, and Daryl waiting for us. So exciting to see the wee bugger! ;)
    So we got a car. NOT the Fiat 500 I really wanted (and booked), they 'upgraded' us to the Hyundai i20. Eh. I wanted a damn fiat, and I will know have to go home and test drive one to see how it goes.

    Anyway, we got it fine, and Alison went back to collect our car, and we went to get the new one. We then met eat there around the series of roundabouts leading to the airport.

    Daryl had shower
    We left or the Kelpies. Cute dog. Don't understand too much. Perhaps a myth of the canal, and can protect.xt?
    In car to Ferries wheel lock. Try for breakfast at now 1145, stopped breakfast and don't start lunch until 12.
    Outside watch.
    Back in for lunch. Share with d2. Mac ad Galloway cheddar. Cajun chicken and cheese toasty. Yum :) and a black cherry and raspberry fizzy drink that was weird but somehow tasty at he same time. And a little like medicine in flavour.

    Then to Glengoyne Distillery. Tour. Single malts. Don't put mixers in! (Not blended so don't handle it as well.) good for Emma and d2. I learnt a couple more things. Highland malt, line is the road!

    Hen p Stirling. Hang out at the house a wile and decide to walk into town for a bit, then bring home fish and chips. I saw aegis fritters on the menu and thighs, now is my chance!! And with malt vinegar it was actually really quite nice. I thought it tasted like a less intense flavour than black pudding. So that was good fr me! I think it has to be eaten with something. I don't think you can just eat haggis like a sausage. It needs something to almost dilute the flavour. Oatcakes I guess would work... So turns out I could order haggis and be ok!
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