Do's on the westcoast
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My brother in law, you know the one (Ton), invited me once to a bungalow resort in Scotland, to share a part of the world where we mainlanders normally not will visit: The west coast in the south of Scotland.
Our first trip was short, we flew from Weeze to Prestwick.
Prestwick is an airport that is comfortingly close, just 20 miles. Both Ryanair and Transavia flew, Ryanair was the cheaper and Weeze is near to my home. On Prestwick you can rent cars or take the train to Glasgow or Ayr, the station is connected to the airport.
We were collected, shown around the countryside and to conclude our day we had our dinner at Tilly's, a small local restaurant with a simple but tasty kitchen.
The next day we visited Coleen Castle (Scotts make it more difficult by writing Culzean Castle), a trip that made perfectly clear that you would want a Scottish Heritage card. The garden is beautiful and inside you will find rooms like they were in the old days. To get the attention of children, a Lego man/woman is hidden in every room, they have to find them -it works-. A special treat are the old smuggler caves on sea level, were in old times contraband was stored. The Al Steward song: Lord Grenville http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQlPhkv0kZk ever goes through my head when I think of those caves.
We made a long walk around the rocks, where brooms were blooming, a great site. (my home broom was thornless, these weren't as a found out the hard way) When you are near the coast, you can see the sea, and often the isle of Arran, or the Ailsa Craig (a.
Back in our bungalow (equipped with complete kitchen), we had a mystic pizza, had some family talk and went to bed early.
The next day my family said goodbye early and ran off to Harwich, we enjoyed a nice breakfast, took the bus to Ayr, then the train to the airport where we arrived quite in time for our plane home. There I found my battery was flat, but that is another story:)
British rail has so much personnel, 3 people for every job it seems, but there is so much dirt on the stations and on the tracks. you would want a 4:1 ratio :S (this is a sour smile: even with a 10 to 1 ratio it will stay dirty if nobody starts cleaning-up)