In a car again. At least it's on the right side of the road. If only the GPS maps were up to date..
We had two nights in Glasgow, and one full day so we jumped on the hop on-hop off bus to do a tour of Glasgow. Boooorrrriiinnnggg! They try to fit in so much stuff that there is no time for the tour guide to insert any humor, and it was a lot of "and the building on the right is where the (some other awesome building) used to stand". We stayed for the whole trip but were very disengaged, yawning, annoying each other to entertain ourselves, etc.
The next day we grabbed our hire car and started to make our way to Isle of Skye, via Fort Williams where we had some lunch and Brad tried his first Fosters! The verdict on Fosters is, "pretty reasonable".... The drive to Isle of Skye was magical. Absolutely beautiful scenery and we were buzzing with excitement. It was raining and had low clouds but amongst the mountainous landscape, it looked mysterious and like something from a movie.
Once we got to our destination, Portree, we went to the pub for a pint, chatted to an old local dude who had lived there for 50 years, and then had some dinner. The next day was going to be an exciting one!
We woke up early to have brekkie, then hit the road to explore the Isle of Skye. We stopped and checked out the Old Man of Storr. It's a two hour trek up see it closer but the ground was really muddy and we only had our runners. We were slipping and sliding all over the shop so we decided to admire it from the road.
I was really excited about seeing Kilt Rock because a few years ago I saw a photo from when my sister-in-law, Toni, visited Scotland. I was in awe when I saw the pictures so it was a must see for me. On the way to Kilt Rock we had a few stops at cliffs overlooking the ocean. After a little umm-ing and arr-ing, we decided to make a trek down the hill to the bottom of one of the cliffs to see an old rock building, waterfall and a fly fisherman up close. It was worth the walk! After the mission back up the hill, not so easy in jeans, we moved on to Kilk Rock and it was just as beautiful as Toni's pictures. Kilt Rock is where a waterfall mets the ocean, falling off a steep cliff face. So happy that I got to see it :o)
We decided to drive to the other side of the island, and return home through the centre. The drive was a little windy road through the mountains and I couldn't help but stop and take too many photos of the sheep chillin' on the side of the road. They're so cute! Brad wasn't too sure about one sheep that looked a little unimpressed with us being so close...
The next day we jumped in the car and began our journey to Inverness, a place where my mums family come from. Via Lochness.... Meh. Inverness is a lovely little town (sorry, city). We missed out on the walking tour so we just tooled around taking pictures and then retired in the pub for a pint and some dinner. Heading to the forest tomorrow to stay in a wood cabin! Woohoo!
Well the wood cabin didn't disappoint! It was very secluded and had a large common area with big comfy lounges, bar and dining room. We arrived at about 2pm, sat down on the lounges with some drinks and didn't move for about 8 hours... We blame the weather. The rain was on, off, on, off. Plus we had lots of blogs to catch up on, and also travel plans to make. We only had one night at the wood cabin and it was certainly a relaxing one.
The next day we made our way to St Andrews, the home of golf! Wow what a beautiful, picturesque place! We went to the Old Course and had a game of putt putt, which Brrraaaaddddd won. It will be the only game that he has and will ever win of putt putt, just sayin'. Hehe It was really cool though and super cheap at £2! Then we went for a walk into town to grab some lunch before going to check out Donald's favorite golf store, picking up some golf souvenirs, walked around St Andrews Cathedral that used to stand on the seaside, and the grave yard that surrounds it. Not a bad place to be buried! It was really beautiful, in a weird graveyard by the sea kinda way. After this we went to find our guest house and were pleasantly surprised at the amazing place that we'd have the pleasure of staying. Reminded me so much of my mums style of decorating and had a bed that was like a cloud! Ahhhh it was sooooo goooodd! We went to the pub for dinner but found the service and atmosphere terrible so we bailed home to make the most of the cloud bed. In the morning, we got up early to go to Edinburgh to pick up Katie for a day trip to Stirling which is just above Edinburgh. We had a few troubles getting into Edinburgh because our GPS wasn't very up to date and took us on the Edinburgh City by-pass, instead of into the city. Needless to say, we were an hour late. By the time we picked up Katie and drove around in circles due to road closures for the fringe festival (should have checked the events calendar...), we saw plenty of Edinburgh City and eventually got to Stirling! Again, the GPS didn't do a very good job of navigating us to the William Wallace monument, and we didn't help by chatting away and not paying attention to the signs, we drove around the base of the hill for about half hour before actually getting to the top. It was well worth it in the end because the view from the top was awesome! William Wallace is the guy that Mel Gibson played in Braveheart. Another movie to add to the list of the many movies that I 'should' have seen by now.
When we got back to the hostel, we all got ready to go out! Katie works at a hostel so we cruised over there to hang out with her co-workers/mates, before hitting the town for an unofficial pub crawl. The next day we went on the free walking tour which was really interesting but went for 3.5 hours which was a bit lengthy in the state that I was in after our big night.... In the evening, we went to see Axis of Awesome who are an Australian comedy act, and we got to meet them after! Before the show, we were sent on a wild goose chase up and down the street, from one door, back to another door, back to the original door, and we did this about three times becore we all chucked the shits. Katie ended up asked a lady who looked like she knew where she was going. A few of us recognized this lady but couldn't quite out our finger on where we knew her... Until one of the Aussie guys from the hostel asked her 'are you that chick that is in those things...?' and she replied, 'yes, I'm an Australian actress and you may recognize me from All Saints and Winners and Losers'. Well that was slightly awkward but we all had a good laugh and she was really cool. We chatted to her after the show and she went to uni with the Axes of Awesome guys so that's how we got to meet them. We still had to google her name after she left, even when she introduced herself to us... Her name is Virginia Gay...so there you go! Haha
Scotland is by far one of the most beautiful places that we've ever been to and would definitely recommend that everyone visit someday. And we loved catching up with Katie in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. Which we hope to go back to someday because we didn't get to see everything...we didn't know there was so much to see!
Isle of Skye Pics
Log Cabin Pics
St Andrews Pics