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    • Day 3

      Bowling to Dumbarton

      May 8 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      We started the day with a visit to Robert Burns' mausoleum in the grounds of St Michael's church in Dumfries. The mausoleum is quite out of place in the cemetery as it's the only thing painted white.

      We drove on the minor road towards Glasgow, then joined the motorway to skirt the city, heading to the northern bank of the Clyde River.

      First stop was the linear village of Bowling, hemmed in between the mountains and the River Clyde, with a harbour and locks leading to the Forth and Clyde Canal. The canal opened in 1790 and provided a route for the seagoing vessels between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. This allowed navigation from the port of Glasgow on the west coast to Edinburgh on the east coast.

      After coffee and cake at the lock we continued to Dumbarton, our stop for the night. We visited Dumbarton Castle, which sits upon Dumbarton Rock, a natural fortress overlooking the River Clyde. The castle last saw action during World War 2, when anti-aircraft guns were placed there to protect the nearby shipyards from German bombing.
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    • Day 103

      The dome, a storm and Detelina

      August 2, 2023 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Today the sky is ominous, it could be a bit darker but not much and Detelina and I made a date to meet at the Dome restaurant at 12 noon. Later I got a message to say she was running late but I should order some tea and enjoy the ambiance of the place.

      I wasn't prepared for such a beautiful beautiful environment I believe Georgian all wood panelling, Gold and chandeliers, soft jazz music, waiters and waitresses in black waistcoats, trousers and white shirts and ties, white table cloths on tables, elegant, oh so elegant. Everything thought of here.

      A lovely woman took my soaking wet poncho and jacket while another led me through to our table. My what opulence! It certainly was a beautiful space to sit and reflect, catch up on myself after battling a severe gale force wind and rain to get here! Honestly people were being blown around the streets, taking cover under what arches they could find while I battled on determined to get to the restaurant.

      I was totally impressed when Detelina finally arrived how she commanded attention immediately. Dressed in a cream lace high necked, waisted dress with lace sleeves, and cream classic high heels she was a vision to behold. We were immediately stormed by waiters and she played the part like a queen. I had taken some flowers for her which she absolutely loved and got the attention of one of the waitresses to "please put my flowers in water for me until I go". I think the waitress was a bit taken back, but, after a slight pause said "ofcourse and would you like to order now?" to which Detelina replied, looking at myself " No, I think we'd like to catch up for a little while, thank you". "I'll come back in ten minutes, will that be OK" said the nonplussed waitress.

      I could only gawp at the absolute sense of entitlement Detelina portrayed. I would never have asked a wait staff to look after my flowers. I may have asked for more time to look at a menu, but Detelina gave the overall impression that she was in charge!! A very commanding young woman.

      The same thing happened after each course as well. After our soup course a waiter approached us again looking beseechingly at Detelina and giving her great eye contact, asking if we wanted coffee! Detelina looked at me quizzically then turning back to him replied "we'll wait until after dessert, thank you". He thought we were finished! Indeed one waiter took our cutlery away after the soup course, which took us an hour to complete!! When a waiter brought our main out he was puzzled as to where our cutlery was. Another hour went by as we ate our delicious roasted stuffed aubergine, chatting excitedly and trying to cover every single aspect of life since we last met four years ago.

      Eventually main course finished, the waitress asked if we would like coffee when Detelina enquired as to a dessert menu. Dessert ordered along with coffees, Detelina asked for a delay again as we sipped our water and chatted incessently over the next fifteen minutes. Our delicious vegan dessert and coffee over, we were beginning to slow down our conversation and contemplate the journey home. Detelina insisted on walking me to my bus and we hovered under her umbrella arm in arm to Princes St and my bus.

      We had forgotten the flowers! Later Detelina messaged to say she had remembered when she was half way home on the bus, got off the bus and went back to the restaurant in that storming Edinburgh day to fetch them. She attracted far too much attention on her way with an armful of flowers, but had enjoyed our day very much, as did I. A great memory.
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    • Day 96

      Auchentoshan, Glasgow Scottland

      August 12, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Founded by Irish refugees in 1825 on the outskirts of Glasgow, Auchentoshan is one of the last active distilleries in the Lowlands. In common with other Lowland (and Irish) whiskies, Auchentoshan malt whisky is distilled three times (as opposed to most Scottish malt whisky, which is distilled twice). This triple-distillation has the effect of softening the flavour and body of the end product. If you don't like Scotch because it's to harsh and tastes peaty, this distillery is for you. Softer mild flavors are what distinguish many Scotchs from the lowlands of Scottland and they are to more of our liking. Our tour guide called this a breakfast scotch, so there you go.

      We chose this distillery because Emily and Dave had a bottle of Auchentoshan at home. A bartender at a whiskey bar in Lowell called "The Keep" recommended it to us when we said we didn't like the peaty taste of Scotch. When we found out the distillery was on our path we had to visit.
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    • Day 12

      Scotland, Loch Lomond

      April 25 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 41 °F

      Leaving Glasgow heading up to Isle of Skye. Through Trossachs Ntl Park, driving along Loc Lomond. Stopped at lower end of loch where most of our group took boat tour up lake. We are at the upper end awaiting their arrival. Serene, cool, sunny nice walking and hiking trails.
      P.S. take Ireland and Scotland off your list of places to see unless you come prepared for hills and steps in your walks.
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    • Day 5

      Ziel 5 Bishopton bei Glasgow

      August 23, 2023 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      An einem Country Club mit Stellplatz angekommen und das Nachtlager aufgeschlagen.
      Lias Essen 🥣 gegeben und Nicole hat Wäsche und Essen für uns gemacht.
      Das Wetter passt auch und wir können draußen essen 🥣🤩
      Lias ist nun sehr müde und ich bringe ihn ins Bett. Dann noch etwas an der Bar Chillen und dann auch ab in das Bett 🛌, gute Nacht 😴
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    • Day 108

      East Kilbride with family

      August 7, 2023 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Back to East Kilbride today to visit A. Mrgt and see if I can be of any help. Tucked up in bed, Cindy had stayed the night with her and had had quite a time of it helping A. Margaret who is fiercely independent. I offered to stay the night but Cindy also wanted to stay. Back at Ronnie and Cindy's home for dinner with Erika who is over from Germany for the occasion.Read more

    • Day 8

      Auchentoshan Distillery

      May 8 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Tour durch die Distille, unter der Führung von Gerry, unserem Tourguide, haben wir in einer kleinen Gruppe die Distille besichtigt und dabei viel über den Herstellungsprozess gelernt. So ist Auchentochan, das Wort kommt aus dem Gälischen und bedeutet soviel wie Feld- oder Ackergrenze, die einzige schottische Distille welche mit drei Brennblasen (Stills) in Reihe den Whisky brennt. Das dauert zwar länger, sorgt jedoch für den milden Geschmack.Read more

    • Day 7

      Die plaats van da liedje

      April 6, 2023 in Scotland ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

      Mogggeuuuuuuh, welkom bij wéér een zonnige dag!!!
      Vandaag verlieten we Fort William voor het mooie Balloch, een stad aan de


      Eerst nog effie een theetje gedronken in een kerk omgebouwd tot café/ klimcentrum. Na drie uur op de trein kwamen we dus aan bij de bonnie banks waar we een hele middag in de prachtige omgeving hebben gewandeld.
      Aangezien het zonnetje van de partij was, waren de wijn en een chipje ook van de partij, MAAR EEN GEKKE VOGEL HEEFT ONZE ZAK CHIPS GESTOLEN! Letterlijk, hij vloog ermee weg.

      Ma bon, dan zijn we maar op resto gegaan. En om de dag af te sluiten heeft To zich even uitgeleefd me de henna. (Like and follow to see the results)

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    • Day 5

      Devil's Pulpit

      May 22 in Scotland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Heute geht's auf Camping Tour und am ersten Tag regnet es in Strömen.

      Das hat uns nicht davon abgehalten, beim "Devil's Pulpit" zu halten und nach der Schlucht zu suchen, die es hier geben soll. Ein bisschen konnten wir sie sehen, den richtigen Weg dorthin haben wir jedoch im ganzen Regen und Matsch leider nicht finden können. Umso abenteuerlicher war dieser kleine Ausflug. 😊Read more

    • Day 1

      Stage 1: Milngavie-Drymen

      June 6, 2023 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Heute ging es endlich los....
      Nachdem mich meine heutige Hostess Claire in Milngavie abgesetzt hatte, ging es nach den obligatorischen Eingangsfotos direkt los. Bereits nach 5 Minuten traf ich meinen heutigen Mitwanderer Derek aus Manchester, für seine 66 Jahre extrem fit und flott unterwegs. Wir hatten nette Gespräche und durften dabei nicht die Besichtigung der wunderschönen Landschaft vergessen 😅 Die erste Etappe führte durch die Lowlands, vorbei an Schafen und Kühen und auch an ein paar Seen führte der Weg vorbei. Die Mittagspause bestand aus einem Kaffee (und Tee für den Engländer natürlich 😄) den Rest aßen wir unterwegs. Dadurch waren wir bereits gegen 14 Uhr an unserem heutigen Ziel Drymen angekommen, dort gab es erstmal einen kleinen Snack in einem Cafe. Nun sitze ich in meiner heutigen Unterkunft Kip in the Kirk, eine ehemalige Kirche 😄
      Derek sagte mir, dass Kip in the Kirk übersetzt soviel heißt wie "Nickerchen in der Kirche". Der schottische Akzent ist nochmal ganz anders als das normale Englisch....ich kämpfe mich also sprachlich weiterhin ganz tapfer durch.....😂
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    West Dunbartonshire, WDU, Заходні Дамбартаншыр, Западен Дънбартъншър, Siorrachd Dhùn Bhreatainn an Iar, Západní Dunbartonshire, Gorllewin Swydd Dunbarton, Mendebaldeko Dunbartonshire, دونبارتونشر غربی, Länsi-Dunbartonshire, Comhairle Dhún Breatainn an Iar, Comhairle Dhùn Bhreatainn an Iar, Coontae Dùn Breatainn Heear, Zapadni Dunbartonshire, Dunbartonshire Occidentale, ウェスト・ダンバートンシャー, 웨스트던바턴셔 주, Vakarų Danbartonšyras, ویسٹ ڈنبرٹنشائر, Уэст-Данбартоншир, Wast Dunbartonshire, Західний Данбартоншир, 西鄧巴頓郡

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