Scotland

2015 July Glasgow

Just spent a great couple of days in Glasgow – an incredibly interesting city that at one time was one of the wealthiest in the world.  Glasgow was at the epicentre of the industrial revolution and exported goods, talent, and capital around the world in the late 1800’s. It also gave rise to the modern labour movement and it’s citizens… Read the rest “2015 July Glasgow”

2015 July Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glasgow

The drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glasgow along the A82 took about 5 hours – although the road is divided, it is very narrow and there are no passing lanes. Traffic was extremely heavy as it is the main connector road with this part of Scotland.  We stopped just before Fort William to see a very moving Commando Memorial.  … Read the rest “2015 July Drive from Kyle of Lochalsh to Glasgow”

2015 July Drive from Loch Maree to Kyle of Lochalsh

Another spectacular day of driving down the west coast of the Scottish highlands – the scenery was dramatic at every turn.  The roads and weather was such that, to quote Jim Morrison, I had to keep “my hands on the wheel and eyes on the road” when moving – another very stormy day on narrow, winding roads. For obvious reasons… Read the rest “2015 July Drive from Loch Maree to Kyle of Lochalsh”

2015 July – NW Scotland. Drive from Gills Bay to Loch Maree

Yesterday was a long drive under challenging weather conditions – we arrived in Gills Bay at 8:30 after departing St. Margarets Hope in Orkney an hour earlier.  We then drove west along the coastal highway towards Cape Wrath, the far NW corner of mainland UK, before turning south at Durness towards Laxford Bridge.  The roads were single lane (the width… Read the rest “2015 July – NW Scotland. Drive from Gills Bay to Loch Maree”

2015 July Orkney

Just spent two fantastic days in the main island in the Orkneys where we were spoiled by my second cousin, Marilyn. Its about a one hour ferry ride over from Gills Bay on the mainland to St. Margaret’s Hope on the main island and then a half hour drive to the largest town called Kirkwall.  The drive in from St.… Read the rest “2015 July Orkney”