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The Border

After enjoying the delights of northern England (well, some), we skipped the border into Scotland. En-route we stopped at a tiny town to catch the Man U vs Arsenal game in a pub.

We spent a couple of days in Edinburgh, a city that has always been on Brent's "to go to" list. We visited a church on the Sunday (admittedly it was partly so we enjoy listening to people speak/sing in Scottish!). It was very friendly, and we did get our dose of Scottish, for example "Wir starndin on the rueck!" (trans: "We're standing on the rock"). We also checked out Edinburgh castle, a massive monument to royal and military history.

From Edinburgh we head northwest, taking a couple of days to get to Oban on the west coast.

Edinburgh Castle.
We passed through some amazing mountain areas and massive lochs (i.e. lakes). We found it frustrating that you can never fully capture the magnificence of nature in megapixels. But then I suppose it's just as well you can't capture it all on screen, otherwise it wouldn't be nearly as magnificent would it?

After exploring some of the coast we head back east to Stirling, mainly to visit Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. Both were interesting and very windy! At the Wallace Monument (tribute to William Wallace) we were literally tossed about by the velocity of the wind and at Stirling Castle Jill's hair went crazy charo and reached for the heavens.

We spent our night in Stirling in a Scottish pub, with a classic manager/landlady who would chatter away in her rich Scottish accent and then leave us half way through a sentence to commence a conversation with someone else. She described our lodging as a "wee room", which sounds quite disconcerting until you remember that Scots put "wee" in front of everything. For example, at the supermarket we were asked "Would you like a wee bag for that?". What do you say?!

 

 

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The Border
The Border
Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Castle.
Brent firing at Edinburgh Castle.
Brent firing at Edinburgh Castle.
Jill at one of many lochs.
Jill at one of many lochs.
Our lovely car.
Our lovely car.
A smokin mountain in the Glencoe …
A smokin' mountain in the Glencoe…
One of many villages at the foot o…
One of many villages at the foot …
One of many ruined castles that do…
One of many ruined castles that d…
The little hamlet of Oban. What is…
The little hamlet of Oban. What i…
At Loch Lomond.
At Loch Lomond.
Freedom!! Brent with William Walla…
Freedom!! Brent with William Wall…
Brent stealing bread from the kitc…
Brent stealing bread from the kit…
Stirling Castle - a hair-raising e…
Stirling Castle - a hair-raising …