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  • Day11

    Ein Leuchturm auf einer Burg

    August 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Kinnaird Head, Lighthouse

    Joachim: Heute morgen waren wir im Leuchtturm Museum und dann den Leuchtturm besichtigen. Einer der ungewöhnlichsten Leuchttürme der Welt. War früher eine Burg und ein Turm ist dann 1787 zum Leuchtturm umgebaut worden. Hatten dort eine Führung die super interessant war. Vorne auf dem Felsen befindet sich auch ein Nebelhorn, Reichweite über 20 Seemeilen.

    Ann: Der Tag heute war wieder sehr beeindruckend, diesmal ganz anderes .....ich wollte als Kind gerne Leuchtturmwärterin werden, heute habe ich verstanden das diese Arbeit sehr viel mehr beinhaltet als ein bisschen Licht machen. Es ist eine sehr harte körperlicher Arbeit, zu der man auch noch viel technisches und handwerkliches geschickt braucht. Außerdem muss man körperlich top fit sein. Alles Vorraussetzungen die ich nicht mit bringe.
    Das Leben auf einem Leuchtturm konnte auch sehr einsam sein und wenn man Pech hatte und das Wetter über Wochen schlecht blieb, musste man schon mal ein bisschen länger bleiben, bis man wieder abgeholt wurde. So haben wir erfahren das auf den Orkney Inseln ein Wärter ganze 14 Wochen ausharren musste ....Essen und vor allem Wasser waren da sehr knapp.
    Ich bleibe dann doch lieber auf dem trockenen und schaue mir die blinkenden Lichter nur an.
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  • Day15


    September 10, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Heute ging es von Inverness nach Fraserburgh. Wir sind den Malt Whiskeytrail gefahren uns haben zahlreiche Destillerien besucht. Darüber hinaus war die Landschaft wieder wunderschön, da wir auch den Cairngorm Nationalpark gestreift haben. Dort waren wir gestern wandern. Leider hat uns das Wetter dort einen Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht, denn unsere maximale Sichtweite betrug 50m und das bei unter 10 Grad.Read more

  • Day24


    August 10, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Mercredi, 10 août 2016
    Pour la première fois, depuis que nous sommes en Ecosse, nous avons 36 heures sans une goutte de pluie. Par contre 5° ce matin, c'est quand même frisquet. Nous suivons le Moray Firth jusqu'à Fraserburgh, point le plus à l'est de l'Ecosse. Portsoy est un joli petit port et Crovie un des minuscules villages de pêcheurs de cette côte. Il a un triste passé, une terrible tempête en janvier 1953 a emporté plus que 100 personnes. Il ne reste plus qu'un petit passage à pied devant les maisons. Pennan, copie conforme, a une route carrossable, avec 17% de descente et un virage en épingle à l'arrivée. Pas besoin d'un dessein, pour comprendre mon inquiétude, non? Eric remonte et se parque comme à Crovie en haut du village. Le seul bistrot ne sert des lunchs que le weekend, tant pis, nous mangeons du fait-maison sur une place de pic-nic à Rosehearty. Pas possible de trouver mieux, seuls au monde face à la mer et accompagnés par des phoques, trop beau! Notre lieu d'étape, Fraserburgh a nettement moins de charme. C'est un grand port de pêche et la ville est toute grise et austère, le tout encore accentué avec la pluie revenue et les magasins qui ferment tous déjà à 17h.Read more

  • Day9

    Stones and Stones to Fraserburgh

    September 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Well, a bit delayed in getting something out for yesterday. We moved up to Fraserberg and then spent most of the time this evening looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Bottom line up front: looskks like we need to delay going to Orkney for a week and we will have to forgo going to Isle of Skye, since we didn't have pre-arranged booking.

    Well, the bed was a bit softer than the night before, so I had a bit more sleep. We are missing our airbed with the 3" topper for our poor arthretic joints. Peter braved the shower in the corner of the raised bathroom Modifications to the existing older hotel required raising the floor for the plumbing in the bath.

    Peter drove today. We ended up going a bit South to check out a couple of sites that we drove past yesterday. Unfortunately, being a Sunday, there were a number of fast cars out enjoying the roads on the way to a car show at a gardening nursery. We were in search of a recumbent stone circle called Sunhoney, but it lookded it was on private property. Instead, we ended up at an older church yard with recombent stone circle in the cemetary, MidmarKirk [ http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/echt/midmarcircle/] . Obviously, modified due to the proximity of the church, it is still impressive to see such large stones carefully placed.

    After Midmar Kirk, we moved down the road to Cullerlie, a stone circle with several carins in the center marking ancient burials [ http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/echt/cullerliecircle/} . Prior to today, we had seen the recubment stone circles, but this stone assembly did not have the recumbrent with the large stones on either side, but instead had stones of equal high surounding the central area with 8 low carins. Also different is the fact that tjhs stone circle was not located on a noll with a commanding view, but instead, was set on realtively flat terrain.

    Then we were off to a "wild" recumbent circle called Kirkton of Bourtie stone circle. This stone circle was located out in the middle of a grain field. Luckily, the field had already been mowed, so we only had to walk over the stubble. Also, since it was "wild", it waf full of overgrowth and not trimed and proper. Never-the-less, still quite impressive up with a good view.

    This was a busy day with the next recubant circle up the road called Aikey Brae [ http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/deer/aikeybrae/] , a medium walk up past a field of what loked like turnips to a recubent circle just South of a small tight wood. Each recombent circle has the recumbent and the attendents situationed to face towards the S-SW. The standing stoned are not all still standing or in observance, but if they exist, then they are usually graded with the tallest closest to the recumbent trio.

    We deicded to change the gendra for a while and moved on to the Old Deer ruined Cistercian abbey [ http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/deer/deerabbey/] . Now many of the walls were still standing, and smaller than what we saw in Ireland.Then on to the last site of the day, the White Cow Carin [ http://leshamilton.co.uk/megaliths/whitecow.htm, & http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/5199/white_cow_wood.html} across the road from Louden Wood. Recombent Circle By the time we arrived, it was already 3:30 so we couldn't do both and we opted for the White Cow. It was a bit of a walk out to the sight. No longer possible to drive out to be close. We ened up not quite remembering where it was on the road sigh at the beginning, so we walked by it a bit. But was quite nice when we walaked back and finally found it. About 5:30 by the time we arrived back to the car. So then on to Fraserberg, the closest larger city in the area.

    We were lucky and the hotel was only 39 pounds for the night with Sunday dinner specials in the pub. We had stopped at a &B down the road, pretty threadbear for the 60 pounds with shared bath, Only 4 B&B and one hotel in town. Salton Inn is situated one the town square near the fishing docks.

    The hotel has recently been updated and our room on the 3rd floor is quite modern and so much better than the hotel the previous night. I had a lamb shank with mash and veggies a large glass of wine, Peter a blue cheese burger with a beer all for less than 12 pounds. A good place to spend the time to look forward to the next porton of the trip and to plann the next steps.
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  • Day9

    Another Day Around Fraserburgh

    September 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 33 °C

    After the disappointing efforts to find lodging at the Orkneys and the Isle of Skye last evening, we opted to spend the moring working out the best itenerary plans we could whille we had internet and a comfortable hotel. In the end we opted to stay another night at the Saltoun Inn, with a 50% increase in the tarrif since it was not the weekend. 

    Breakfast in the pub/cafe of eggs Benedict this morning with filtered coffee! Tasted so much better than the pots of instant we had been drinking at the other places. We were able to secure lodging on the Orkneys for next Monday for 3 days. We will move off to Loch Ness tomorrow to stay at a place near Urquart Castle that has been recommended by friends to have some of the best food in Scotland. Then we will move down SW to Kilmartin Glenn with dozens of archeological sites before we head up to the Orkneys on Sunday.

    After arranging the bookings, we finally started out to find more stone circles. However, when we arrived at the car in the parking lot, we found a 60 pound ticket on the windshield. Evidently, we were only allowed an hour of grace in front of the hotel and should have parked in a different location. A kindly lady walked us through the ticket and showed us that if we paid it withing 24 hours, the fee was only 20 pounds!  There goes a nice dinner or bottle of wine!  Diane tried to log into the website to pay the fee, but since the US cards require signature, she was unsuccessful. After quite a bit of effort in the early evening, we were finally able to pay the reduced rate fee. 

    The first stone circle we tried to find was another "wild" one, but was on priviate property out in grain fields, which we opted not to slog out to find. Then on to Masies Cairen [ https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/memsie-cairn/history/] , a very large pile of rocks like we had seen in Ireland. The sign post said that there had been more in this area, but that the rock had been used for other purposes. Cobbles a bit larger than softball size, all pretty uniform in size. A burial beaker and a broken sword had been found in the interior upon escavation.  

    Then on to Strichen for another recumbant circle. A walk of about 900m brought us up to a knoll with a good view and a nice stone circle. Evidently, it had been distroyed and then reconstructed, but it was nice never-the-less. Nearby was a circular tower that was an old Dovecot for the local estate. There is a large house down the hill and a large farm complex. An older house was in ruins just to the Northwest of the newer house, which we at first thought was a type of factory until Diane found it on an old survey map on-line identifying that it was the original house.

    By the time we were back to the car, it was time to venture back to the hotel for a drink. We walked the main street to see if there was any other place to eat, but pickings were slim and we ended back at our hotel.

    Musing...Lighting in the Hotel Rooms:  Up until this hotel, we have found the rooms to be very frugally lit...actually quite dim and difficult in which to try to read or do anything in the evenings. This hotel, however, was quite well lit in addtion to being more updated. Looks like the remodeling must have been in 2014 from the certification sticker in the elevator. The rooms were also electrified such that it required the room key in a slot to turn on the lights. During the past 2 years, Diane has only seen two stateside hotels with the same features. 

    More Musing....Stone Houses: Most if not all of the houses seem to be cut out of the same type of brown-grey stone. Brown-grey stone and black/grey slate roofs everywhere are a bit depressing. Diane thinks that is why there are multiple planters of begonias, petunas and nastursums planted around the city centers and homes. But must also mean that the stone masons can stay in demand. We do see some new home developments being built here and there, so that is a good sign. Like stateside, however, the newer homes are quite larger in size and are on the outskirts of town. We looked at a relator listing window and found the costs to be quite high by our standards for this little town. 
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Fraserburgh, A Bhruaich, A' Bhruaich, Freizerburgas, Faithlie, Фрейзербург, 弗雷泽堡

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