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    • Day6

      A check on Dennis's bucket list.

      August 21, 2018 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

      Our day began with a visit to the Crannog Centre, where we were able to go inside a reconstruction of an ancient home built on Loch Tay. The reconstruction is based
      on underwater archeological finds retrieved from the lake that demonstrate the skill and engineering knowledge required to build these large, dry and cozy structures more than 2500 years ago.

      The next stop was for a walk to a waterfall through the beautiful forest at the Hermitage. The forest and vegetation here is very much like western Oregon. We had lunch and free time for strolling and shopping in Dunkeld, before a drive to Aberfeldy for a tour and tasting of Dewar's malted whisky (we in the USA call it Scotch, but here it is just whisky - spelled without an "e").

      Back to home base in Kenmore for dinner (sea bass for Myj, venison for Dennis) and a presentation by Gillie McNab all about bagpipes, including her own history as one of the first women in an official pipe band. She was quite colorful and entertaining. We were offered the chance to play the pipes ourselves. Those who tried found it not only takes good breath, but coordination to blow and squeeze in the right rhythm, and that was with Gillie fingering the tune. Dennis was the most successful, producing enough sound for a whole tune, while marching and even saluting. Of course, we always knew he was full of hot air!
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      A natural!


      I always knew he was a blowhard!

    • Day5

      Charming Culross and St. Andrews

      August 20, 2018 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

      We left Edinburgh this morning via coach in the capable hands of our driver, Colin. Although there are only 26 of us, the coach has seats for 50, so we can spread out. A mention about traffic in Edinburgh, and the villages we've visited so far: because many of the roads in the city and villages predate cars, they are narrow and winding. Nevertheless, cars tool right along. Colin has done an amazing job navigating our large motorcoach in tight spaces. Dennis is quite impressed! Also, pedestrians do NOT have right-of-way, so crossing the road on foot can be a risky adventure!

      We crossed the Firth of Forth, with views of the three bridges, then on to our first stop in the tiny village of Culross. The "palace" there is an interesting example of a 17th century home (for the wealthy, at least). A number of scenes from the Outlander series were filmed here.

      Next was a stop in St. Andrews, famous as the home of golf. The Auld Course is beautiful, but we spent our time after lunch wandering the medieval streets up to the ruins of the thousand year old cathedral, once the largest church in Scotland.

      We arrived at our home for the next two nights, the Kenmore Inn, dating to 1572 and billed as the oldest hotel in Scotland, in time to relax with our tour companions before dinner. The weather was pleasant enough to sit outside. Following an excellent dinner of Scottish salmon, we had a lovely walk to the Kenmore castle before dark (which comes later since we are far north).
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      Lots of interesting things to see!

    • Day13

      Scottish Crannog Centre

      August 5, 2017 in Scotland ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Scottish Crannog Centre und 6std eisenzeitlicher Erlebnismarkt in Kenmore am Loch Tay
      Living History fair : Pfahlhaus, Wolle spinnen, Feuer machen, Zinn gießen, Getreide mahlen, Brot backen, Seil aus Nesselfaser, Eisenerz schmelzen
      Kinder erlangen Heritage Hero Explorer Award durch Sticker sammeln 🏅😅
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    • Day12

      River Tay Forest Trail

      August 4, 2017 in Scotland ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Heute weit gefahren, am Loch Lomond vorbeigeschlängelt, fast bis zurück nach Blair. Parkplatz für die Nacht im Wald bei Kenmore gefunden. Nette Frau schwatzt mit uns uns schenkt uns Tomaten. Beim Spaziergang tolle Hausruine und Pferde 🐴 im Wiesengrund besichtigt.Read more

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