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  • Day4

    Vom Lake District zum Loch Lomond

    July 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Nachdem wir heute morgen bei strömenden Regen aufgewacht sind, haben wir zwei entschieden, dass wir die geplante Wanderung vertagen und sind erstmal weiter Richtung Schottland gefahren.
    Je länger wir gefahren sind, desto besser wurde das Wetter - heute Abend sitzen wir unter strahlend blauen Himmel direkt mit Blick auf Loch Lomond. Herrlich 👌 besser hätte der Empfang in Schottland nicht sein können :)Read more

  • Day22

    Wallace in Stirling

    November 6 in the United Kingdom

    Getting up in the morning was a breeze, which in my personal experience isn't always how waking up goes. I had my ticket to the Scott monument booked, as well as my ticket to, and back from, Sterling. I decided to just get going, and worry about where I would eat later. Roughly ten steps out the door, my stomach started to grumble. Pushing on, figuring there are plenty of places to eat on the Royal Mile, I saw this cute little cafe. Run by a woman from France, who was very friendly and even offered French classes, I decided on a sausage roll and coffee. It was the perfect on-the-go food, and the caffeine pick me up was delicious. I arrived at my first destination about 20 minutes before my opened, took a few photos, then sat down to read for a bit. Just before they opened I gravitated toward the front. Now because it's winter, and rains a lot in Scotland, they operate on winter hours, meaning they open at ten. When it was ten minutes past their opening time and there was no sign of anyone, I thought maybe it was just a late start to the day. Fortunately I was able to chat with the other people waiting for the attraction to open... which it never did. Having a train departing to my next stop at just past eleven meant that 10:40 was the cut off for waiting, and off I went to get my ticket. The trip to Stirling went very smoothly though and we pulled up to the station around noon. Using my UK mobile phone I was able to navigate to Stirling Castle, only fifteen minutes away, and although uphill, I had plenty of practice from walking all around Edinburgh. I was quite fortunate with my timing too, because right after purchasing my entry ticket there was a free guided tour. One of the most interesting facts I learned was that the castle was occupied by the military until 1964, which isn't that long ago. There was also the Great Hall, that is the largest in the country, with a roof built in a way the resembles a ship. Overall, highly impressive and well worth the trip. To be honest, the historic tapestries alone would have been enough to make it a fantastic trip. After spending a few hours at the castle, and not even seeing all of it, I realized that if I was going to see the Wallace Monument, I'd have to get a move on. Knowing that they would be closed in a little over an hour, I tried in vain to get a taxi though an app, but thinking fast I realized that my Loch Ness tour went there as well. Thinking it would be wise to double check I called up the company, and after confirming that they did make a stop there, asked my name, and politely told me that the tour had be canceled. After getting over my frustration, I decided to just walk back to the train station and see if I could grab a taxi to the monument. A short drive later and we were pulling up to the entrance, positioned at the bottom of a huge hill with the tower looming overhead. There were two ways to get to the top, one was with a shuttle, and the other was walking. My legs may have protested along the accent, but the fun placards and scenic forests made it worth every labored step. For some reason there weren't a lot of people visiting this attraction, which turned out to be a great thing, especially when climbing the narrow staircase to the top; 275 stairs later, and I had made it. The views went on for miles, looking out across fields, homes, and rivers, with the castle I had just visited practically a speck in the distance. No surprise, but at that height, the wind was howling. I made my way down, as well as through the small rooms that held the exhibit, and as soon as I had hit the bottom floor they were about to close up for the day. Going for the lazy method, especially after all those stairs, I took the bus to the main street and then hopped on public transit to take the train back "home." An uneventful ride later, it was too dark to even look out the window, and I found myself back in Edinburgh, and totally ravenous. What good fortune that my guide the day before had given us all coupons for a local restaurant. Somehow the hills in this town get more manageable every day, and a short walk later I was being seated at a table. I had planned to have a quiet dinner just reading my book, but the people at the table next to me had different ideas. I don't even remember how the conversation started, but just after it did we found out that we were from neighboring cities in California. The conversation we had danced from one subject to the next, and was a much better dinner than I could have planned. I even got to try 'sticky toffee pudding' and it's a crying shame we don't have that more readily available. Making it back to the hostel just before eight, and realizing that I didn't have to be up early for a tour the following morning, I decided to join in on the fun and signed up for the pub crawl. It was so much fun, and I met a ton of people; by the end of the night we were one big, merry bunch. Many exchanged phone numbers, and Facebook profiles later, I called it a night. I can't help but think that the canceled tour worked out in my favor.Read more

  • Day3

    Whisky, Loch Lomond & die Highlands

    September 8 in the United Kingdom

    Von Glasgow aus machten wir uns auf den Weg in die Highlands. Unser erster Stop war die Glengoyne Distillery. Diese liegt direkt auf der Highland-Grenze. Da sich nur das Lager auf der anderen Straßenseite in den Lowlands befindet und Gährung und Destillation in den Highlands erfolgt, darf sich der Wisky als Original Single Malt Highland Wiskey bezeichnen. Ist aber eigentlich auch egal - er schmeckt echt gut 🥃.
    Danach wollten wir im benachbarten Nationalpark eine kleine Wanderung unternehmen. Doof nur, dass die Straße aufgrund eines Fahrrad-Events gesperrt war. Also verlegten wir unsere Wanderung spontan an das Ufer des Loch Lomonds ✌. Auf unserer letzten Tagesettape fuhren wir durch malerische Landschaften der Highlands nach Fort William zu unserer aktuellen Unterkunft. Die nächsten 2 Tage verbringen wir in einem gemütichen Bed & Breakfast, das etwas abgelegen in den Highlands liegt. Von unserem Schlafzimmer haben wir einen tollen Ausblick auf den Ben Nevis, Schottlands höchstem Berg.
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  • Day11

    Unicorns everywhere!

    August 26 in the United Kingdom

    Sunday already! We left Oban for the drive along the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomand to Stirling. Stirling Castle, royal residence of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary Queen of Scots, was built to rival the sumptuous castles of France in the fifteenth century. The recreations of the 16th century Unicorn Tapestries, and the carved wooden Stirling Heads on the ceiling are amazing.Read more

  • Day1

    West Highland Way

    May 9, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Scotland 5-09 Tuesday Milngavie to Drymen

    First day of the actual hike on the WHW. Got up around 6, showered, and got a quick breakfast at the hotel and wheeled our luggage and packs to the Central Trail Station…. About 2 blocks. Bought train tickets to Milngavie. The train was to leave in about 5 minutes, so we hoofed it downstairs to the below platform and caught the train. We arrived in Milngavie after making a number of stops and then had to wait quite some time for the tour company to pick up the luggage. After that, we started our hike into Milngavie. But first, we needed a hot beverage to ward off the chill (about 40 F). Jeff also needed to buy some contact lens saline. The first pharmacy we tried said they did not carry it because all the other places did…. Strange retail philosophy, but oh well…. We waited for an optometrist shop to open at 9 am, but when they did, they did not carry it either. Finally found another pharmacy that did carry it and Jeff bought two bottles, so we would not have to go through this search again.Read more

  • Day50

    Walking near Callander day 50 Mon 11 Jun

    June 11 in the United Kingdom

    Weak or no internet as we were on the second floor of Invernente bed and breakfast at Callander in Stirling. Baked beans served as part of a Scottish breakfast. Drove to Loch Katrine, paid for parking and walked for 12 km with views from above and along a lake shore road. On the way to the Loch we saw a red squirrel on the road. Later a field mouse with a tiny tail which we have been told is called a Vole. We also saw deer hoof prints in bog mud. From Loch Katrine we drove up Dukes Pass to the 11.5km Three Lochs Forest Drive toll road. Paid the two pounds at the machine and drove past Loch Reoidhte (walked to this one before entering the toll road), Loch Drunkie (had lunch there and also walked on short trails at the picnic area), and Loch Ard. Back to Invernente bed and breakfast Callander in Stirling Scotland. Purchased a bottle of Cava from Catalonia at the local Co-op shop.Read more

  • Day12

    Das erste Mal Campingplatz

    July 10 in the United Kingdom

    Oh Gott!!! Wir müssen alle sterben!!!
    Wie soll ich es anders beschreiben?! Nachdem wir genüsslich gespeist und das Pub wieder verlassen haben, brachte uns unser Navi in den Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Nationalpark. Alles schön und gut. Es gab nur ein entscheidenes Problem. In der Zeit von März bis Oktober darf hier nur an ausgesuchten Stellen wild gecampt werden, und diese Stellen haben wir beim besten Willen nicht finden können...und falls doch mal kein Verbotsschild am Wegesrand stand, erlaubten es die Bedingungen einfach nicht 2 Zelte auf einer halbwegs ebenen Fläche aufzubauen. Die Zeit schritt voran und wir kamen an einem Campingplatz vorbei, es war bereits nach 18 Uhr und es begann erneut, wie schon den ganzen Tag, zu nieseln und zu regnen. Also checkten wir auf dem Campingplatz ein, liefen eine Runde mit Baloo, der hier strickt an der Leine sein muss und ich habe mich kurzerhand auf die Duschen gestürzt. Traumhaft!!!
    Morgen wollen wir noch einen letzten Versuch ein Stück weit westlicher und außerhalb des Nationalparks unser Glück versuchen, am Donnerstag dann schon langsam in Richtung England/ Dover fahren. Auf keinen Fall mehr Campingplatz!!! So ist zumindest unser Plan.
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  • Day7

    Loch Lomond

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Joachim: Dann ging es nach Stirling zum Wallace Monument. Allerdings sind wir nicht hinaufgelaufen, Regen, sondern waren einkaufen. Auch interessant.
    Dann wurde es ungemütlich und es goss aus Kübeln. In der Hoffnung es hört irgendwann auf sind wir nach Luss am Loch Lemond, wollten dort auf einen Campingplatz, der war aber nur für Members. Also weiter bis Inveruglas, dort einen Platz bekommen, leider ist vom See nicht viel zu sehen.

    Heute 192km gefahren, insgesamt 1076km und dabei bisher unter 10Liter Verbrauch 👌

    Ann: Auch Sterling haben wir dann nicht mehr besichtigt, der Regen rauschte in Sturzbächen herunter, nichts für Weicheier wir wir. 😉
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  • Day5

    Day 3 Rowandrennan to beinglas bnb.

    July 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today was a hard,difficult day. We commenced at 8-45 and arrived at 18-30, worn out.
    The morning to Inversnaid, 11kms took us just over 4 hrs and the afternoon distance of 10 kms took us 5 hrs.
    We walk the banks of the Loch Lomond up and down on a very rocky and wet path. Quite muddy in parts. The afternoon was the worst. We struggled and some of the rock clambering was dangerous.
    It was quite obvious we would be late arriving and I phoned the BnB to advise. I was quite worried about Shirley for she suggested we should go on a cruise for relaxation. I took her pulse and felt her brow. She was not delirious. Just joking thank goodness.
    The young French couple told us that when they awoke their tent was floating on water, such was the heavy overnight downpour.
    The Scottish rain god is a miserable sod, who takes delight in making sure everyone and thing is drowned in rain. I have profusely apologised to him for the foul remarks I have directed to him, he doesn't listen,
    The youngster were quite surprised and pleased that we made it as they found the going tough. We arrived 1 hour after them.
    Tomorrow they tell us is easier. We shall see.
    One thing is sure we were pleased to see the back of the -::"(?!' Beautiful Loch Lomond.
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