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    • Day 9

      Crinan Canal

      June 1 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Der schmale Kanal verbindet zwei Meeresarme im Südwesten. Die Höhendifferenz wird durch 15 von Hand betriebenen Schleusen überwunden. Wir haben Glück und können zusehen wie eine Yacht durchgeschleust wird. Wir übernachten auf dem Parkplatz der 12. Schleuse. Wie fast immer haben wir Gelegenheit einen schönen Spaziergang auf einem Trail zu unternehmen.
      Auf der Weiterfahrt besuchen wir den kleinen Ort Kilmartin.
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      Traveler  Hallo ihr Zwei, danke für die schönen Bilder, es sieht so frisch und grün aus. Toll, möchte auch🥰😊🙏

      Traveler  Die schönsten Modells, eure Hunde🥰

      Traveler  Dankeschön. Wir haben ungewöhnlich schönes Wetter hier. Das gibt auch schöne Fotos.

    • Day 30

      What do photographers do most?

      May 31 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      No, the answer is not drinking champagne and celebrating the shot of the year.
      Correct answer: WAITING!!!
      Waiting for the correct light.For hours! And that's what we're doing at the moment at Dunnottar Castle.
      The waiting procedure makes us photographers incompatible with normal human beings - nobody has patience with us 😳😳😳
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      Traveler  Looking amazing now.what a lovely landscape!

      Vegan EV Travellers  Still too much sun. But yes, the scenery is breathtaking!

      Traveler  Will I see the final shot, would be interesting

      Vegan EV Travellers  Probably end of the year, once I'm back and had time to post process all the photos... Here only phone snaps!

      Traveler  😊

    • Day 29

      Cathedral of St Andrew

      May 30 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Die St Andrew Kathedrale wurde 1158 erbaut 🪨 sie war 119 Meter lang und die grösste je gebaute Kirche in Schottland. Ich staune immer wieder, wie die Menschen zu dieser Zeit so etwas bauen konnten. Da gab es keine Bagger, Baukräne usw. Da war noch Muskelkraft gefragt 💪Read more

      Traveler  Ja genau... Wie konnte früher so gross gebaut werden!?

      Traveler  Leider war es die Muskelkraft von Unterdrückten und Sklaven. Aber dennoch sind es wirklich faszinierende Bauwerke. Sowohl die großen wie die kleineren Gebäude aus den alten Tagen. Vielen Dank, dass du uns teilhaben lässt an deiner Reise.

      Traveler  Sehr gerne. Freut mich wenn es euch allen gefällt, auch wenn ihr nur virtuell dabei sein könnt.

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    • Day 32

      A day of many wee parts

      May 28 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Today had so many different elements I couldn’t settle on what to name it.

      We awoke at 6.50am to a beautiful, cloudless morning. Breakfast, pack up and off with a deadline of 11am to attend the Sterling meeting.
      As it happened, there were two points of interest to briefly visit on our way, and very close to Sterling which lies north east of Glasgow and North West of Edinburgh which was our final destination for today.

      We drove in the direction of Sterling and called in first to see an impressive sculpture by the name of The Kelpies. The Kelpies are not sheep dogs but rather horses - in Scottish mythology they were a beast that possessed the power of 100 normal horses. However, the horses’ heads here standing over 30m tall are based on real life Clydesdale horses which were transformative in the history of this part of Scotland’s landscape and industry in bygone days.
      After a short look around The Kelpies, we headed off about 15 minutes down the road to The Falkirk Wheel which is a particularly impressive piece of Scottish engineering.
      This amazing device was invented to replace about 11 locks in the canal system to allow long river boats to move between the significant difference in height of the canals in this part of Scotland. Nothing happens quickly here, but it all happens with great precision.

      Of course, the first activation of the Falkirk Wheel doesn’t happen until 10am, so we watched this first transfer of boats and then quickly headed off to Sterling Ecclesia, arriving at 10.45am.
      We received a warm welcome and were pleased to meet some of Wendy and Trevor Maher’s children and grandchildren. (Many would remember Wendy and the late Bro. Trevor from Rathmines days.) Loriene had been in contact with Wendy who has remarried, and sadly for us David and Wendy were ‘down south’ visiting David’s family so we didn’t get to see them.
      However, it was lovely to share a ‘Meal A Day’ lunch with the members after the meeting and to become acquainted with many other members of this lovely meeting in addition to the Mahers.
      For those who are keen followers of the Royal family and the recent coronation, you may note that Wendy and Trevor’s grandson Luke (who was chairman for the meeting today) featured prominently in one aspect of the coronation - see the accompanying photos.

      While sitting at lunch with Shaun Maher, he was able to give me some tips on the most scenic drive to Edinburgh via St. Andrews which we duly entered into Waze. We bid a fond farewell to our new friends and arrived in St. Andrews with the weather still being picture perfect. I was able to get to play a little golf on the Old Course (again see photos and video for proof for the doubting Thomases out there).
      After putting out on the 18th hole, we briefly visited the vast beach area and then developed car troubles on starting up.
      Multiple orange warning lights came on and the engine was running roughly. Although none of the lights indicated low oil levels, the dipstick wasn’t registering any oil at all 😳. It took 3 visits to service stations before a litre of oil could be purchased and thankfully the rough running and warning lights all disappeared once having provided the little Fiat with this magic elixir.

      We then continued on our circuitous coastal route towards Edinburgh (including diverting off to view the Forth bridges from below before crossing over) and the scenery was worth the extra travel time.
      We finally made it into Edinburgh and to our accommodation right on 7pm and as I am typing this last sentence, the ‘wonder woman’ is placing another beautifully prepared meal on the table!
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      Traveler  What a shame you missed Wendy

      Traveler  Yes it was but great to meet her son and family and her daughter - she remarried Bro David Goodwin who lived in Northamptonshire he has 4 children also, so they go between houses to visit their 8 children and keep them all happy as she says! 😂 so they are away fairly regularly backward and forward xx

    • Day 31

      Lots of Lochs then Glasgow Gallivanting

      May 27 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Zoe and Sean had warned us last night that this could be a busy weekend as it was a public holiday on Monday, so we decided to head off earlyish (8.15am) for our tour of the Lochs and southern highlands north and west of Glasgow.
      The closest (and largest) of the lochs is Loch Lomond, and we followed this up it’s western flank for quite a way before branching off to follow a valley up to the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ pass. We stopped at the viewing area for some morning tea before heading on past some other lochs and quaint towns such as Inverary.
      We arrived at the Chrauchan power station on the banks of Loch Awe with the intention of doing a tour of this rather amazing piece of engineering (a hydro power station 1 km underground).
      We, along with a number of other potential tourists were disappointed to see the sign at their closed facility indicating that tours during their high, summer season run every day- except on weekends!
      So we sat in the carpark for a few minutes and watched a YouTube video on the power station instead.
      The weather was exactly what you might expect of the Scottish highlands- cool, a little breezy, some showers and mist, not the fine weather that the forecast had promised.
      We circled back towards Glasgow via a different route, stopping at Kilchurn castle and then back down the full length of Loch Lomond.
      We found a nice spot by the edge of the lake to sit in the car and have some lunch.
      Here I also took the opportunity to serenade Loss with a solo rendition of the old Scottish song ‘On the Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond’, which she seemed to enjoy immensely (even though she claims she had never heard the song before).
      We could see the ‘steep sides of Ben Lomond’ and the highland hills bathed ‘in soft purple hue’ and as my dulcet tones rang out across the loch, my only disappointment was that it wasn’t recorded.
      Apart from my splendid singing, it was also a beautiful spot to have lunch.

      Fortunately we were on our way back to Glasgow and the traffic was quite light in our direction, but as predicted it was heavy heading the other way.
      We saw a number of hardy Scottish souls camping by the banks of the lochs - even a few swimming in the rather frigid water. Apart from a few kayaks and SUP’s, there was very minimal boating activity observed.
      We got back to Glasgow at about 3.30pm. In all, we passed by at least half a dozen different lochs of varying shapes and sizes.

      Fortified by a coffee at the apartment, we then set off at 4pm to explore Glasgow itself. Cars are very much discouraged within the city precincts, so we decided to do another hop on / off bus tour which worked out well.
      We walked 20 minutes to the nearest pickup point, did a full lap (and a half) of the city to eventually alight at the University. There were a number of points of interest including a big celebration by Celtic soccer fans with noise, colour (green and white), flares and police out in force.
      We walked into the university and found the quite famous cloisters area, headed out to the front of the University which gave a nice view down over the city, and then armed with some extra ‘local info’ from Zoe also found Ashton Place which is a great little restaurant precinct not far away. We probably would have stayed there for dinner but it was getting quite cold out now (although most of the Scots were in short and T-shirts) and we had already bought groceries earlier, so we walked the 25 minutes back to the warmth of our unit - arriving right at 7pm - to enjoy dinner at home and an early night, hopefully.
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      Traveler  “Ye’ll take the high road and I’ll take the low road….” I can’t believe you haven’t sung this Loriene! Maybe it was just s

      Traveler  😮 sorry…Mark’s rendition you didn’t recognise! 😂. Sending love across the miles 😘

      Traveler  Haha Glenys that’s definitely it, he later played a genuine rendition from Spotify which was much more recognisable! 🤣😂

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    • Day 8


      May 19 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Gleiche Kulisse, andere Szene.
      Den Fotografen hat´s geschmissen und wir mussten unsere Rallyepläne sehr grundsätzlich ändern.
      Glück im Unglück: unmittelbar nach Jochen`s Sturz war ein orthopädischer Chirurg, Tourist aus Indien, zugegen. Er hat es diagnostiziert, gerichtet und stabilisiert. Eine bessere Erstversorgung ist nicht denkbar!Read more

      Traveler  Ohje, gute Besserung

      Traveler  ...na da haste aber was zu erzählen

      Traveler  Oh nein, gute Besserung! Was ist denn kaputt?

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    • Day 9

      Whisky Trail

      May 21 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Wenn man schon mal durch Speyside düst, sollte man natürlich auch über den Whisky Trail fahren und an einer der namhaften Destillerien anhalten. Nachdem wir die Craigellachie Brücke passiert hatten, haben wir uns für Glenfidditch als Zwischenstopp entschieden.Read more

      Traveler  Ohne Whisky kommt man nicht aus dem Land..

      Traveler  Haben ausreichend alkoholhaltige Souvenirs an Bord 😉

      Traveler  … hast du hoffentlich was einpacken lassen?!!!!!

      Traveler  Bin schon sehr gespannt!

    • Day 18


      May 20 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Edinburgh is a place we really liked. It has so much history and interesting streets.

      Our day started with a coach tour of the city with a Scottish guide and then we were off to Edinburgh Castle, one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, having been there since the 12th century.

      We were the first group let in and so had front row spots for a 21 gun salute from the castles cannons given to a visiting dignitary, which was lucky and quite special. The army band played 'Scotland the Brave', which added to the occasion.

      We then explored on our own and saw the Scottish Crown Jewels, known as The Honours. King Charles will be crowned with these in another ceremony in August.

      After a couple of hours in the Castle we walked down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Castle, the official residence of the King in Scotland, where we timed it right for another ceremony for the same bloke we saw at the castle.

      We had a look around Princes Park and some local markets to finish the afternoon.

      Dinner was of course, at another pub. There are plenty to choose from.
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      Traveler  Did you order a kilt Debbie?

      Traveler  No!!

      Traveler  Fabulous place…well done with your timing!

      Traveler  You are doing a fantastic job with photography and commentary. - and I’m enjoying from the lounge👍👍👍😂- Edinburgh Castle looks amazing- thanks.

    • Day 8

      Dolly drives the car 🤩

      May 20 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      … Asked a girl what she wanted to be
      She said, "Baby, can't you see?
      I wanna be famous, a star of the screen"
      But you can do something in between
      … Baby, you can drive my car
      Yes, I'm gonna be a star
      Baby, you can drive my car
      And maybe I'll love you
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      Traveler  Hahah

      DustyRustyPipes  Zu geil 🤩

      Traveler  😂👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

    • Day 8

      The mountains sooo high

      May 19 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Unsere kleine „Oliv“ 🚗 hatte heute zu kämpfen und Sylvie hat sich mit ihr heute richtig gut angefreundet.
      Die Küstenstraße nach Ullapoor ist malerisch und seeehr abwechslungsreich. Wir sind beide noch von gestern todmüde und gehen einfach mal früh schlafen, natürlich im kingsize Bett 🛌 ;0)…
      Guts Nächtle und lasst euch gut zudecken ✨
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      Traveler  Mega

      Traveler  Yeti oder ABC Vorfall?

      Traveler  Ahhh…, ok! 😂

      Traveler  Das macht sooooo Bock auf Touren🫶🏼🙌🏼🚐


    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Scotland, Schottland, Skos, Escòcia, Skotlando, Escocia, Skotlanti, Ecosse, Alba, Scozia, Caledonia, Škotija, Schotland, Skottland, Escócia, Шотландия, 苏格兰

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