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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today we commenced our tour in Fort William (rainy and overcast) then motored down through Glencoe (with brief stop at Visitor Centre) and on to Stirling Castle where the visit was hampered by torrential rain.

After Stirling we went up to Pitlochry to avail of a Distillery Tour at Edradour which lasted about one hour.

After a few selected purchases we moved on to St. Andrews where we spent time inspecting the famous Old Course and taking photos.

Then on to lodgings in Edinburgh.
A long but productive day.


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Scotland Highlands Tour

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Today, our small group commenced Fort William and then proceeded as follows:

-Inverlochy Castle, a magnificent ruin near to Fort William with free entry.

-A scenic view of Fort William from nearby Corpach.

-Glenfinnan, to visit the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie and witness the famous Jacobite Express Steam Train chugging across the viaduct.

-Ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, Skye. A nice mini-cruise in glorious weather with added bonus of impromptu on board entertainment by a small group of young lady traditional Scottish music entertainers.

-Pub lunch at Eilean Iarmain, superb views at waters edge .Also art gallery and Gaelic Whisky shop.

-Visit artist gallery at Broadford, Skye.

-Across Skye Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle (photo opps) and then on up to Castle Urquhart on famous Loch Ness.

-Back to Fort William via Fort Augustus (pub meal) and then on down the Great Glen tracking various lochs in the clear late evening sunlight.

A great day! Watch this space for tomorrow's tour record.


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Lake District and Scotland Tour

Friday, July 24, 2009

Today, our tour group left Oughterside promptly about 9.00am and then visited

Carlisle for shopping and Internet access.

Next we drove to Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall where we explored the fort remains and availed of photo opps.

Next was the long drive north to Scotland and a stop at the heritage village of Luss on Loch Lomond where, again, we availed of photo opps in the sunshine and visited the local church with its Viking era grave marker.

Next, we moved north, first tracking Loch Lomond then on into the Highlands via Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Fort William where we are staying overnight.

Overall, a good day aided by clement weather.

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Day Tour England

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Today, we visited a variety of interesting sites including the ruins of Castle Barnard, the ruins of Egglestone Abbey ,Raby Castle, Ullswater (a lake) and Castlerigg Stone Circle. The stunning Lake District scenery added another dimension.

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England Scotland Tour

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare's School, Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare's Tomb, Stratford Upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Shottery, near Straford Upon Avon

Palmer's Farm, Wilmcote

Mary Arden's House, Wilmcote, near Stratford

16th century farming at Palmer's Farm.

Pigs at Old Farm, near Moreton in Marsh. Excellent B&B in 300 acre organic farm.

Bodleian Library, Oxford

The following images are of Oxford Colleges and associated buildings

Hypocaust System at Chedworth Roman Villa

Roman Mosaic at Chedworth

Dusk at Bourton on the Hill, Cotswolds

15th century barn at Swalcliffe.
Interior of Swalcliffe Barn.
The Castle Inn at Edgehill, famous English civil war battle site.

View from Edgehill
Thatched Cottage near Hidcote Manor

Gardens at Hidcote

Quaint cottage at Chipping Campden

17th century Market Hall at Chipping Campden

Broadway Tower

Chastleton House

Burford Church

English pub at Burford
Old water mill at Lower Slaughter
Village scene at Lower Slaughter
St. Mary's Church at Lower Slaughter
Views of Bourton on the Water

Country scene near Lanacost Priory

Hadrian's Wall at Birdoswald Roman Fort

Views at Rosslyn Chapel

Edinburgh Castle
Royal Mile at Edinburgh
Views inside St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

External view of St.Giles Cathedral

Royal High School, Edinburgh
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
At Swilken Bridge, St. Andrews
Royal and Ancient at St. Andrews

St. Andrew's Cathedral
View of St Andrews with castle
Abernethy Tower
St Rule's Church, St Andrew's
Unusual funghi on tree

Ossian's Hall, near Dunkeld
Bridge at Ossian's Hall

View of river Braan at Ossian's Hall
Living archaeology at the Crannog Centre, Kenmore

Stone circle above Kenmore
Acharn Burn
Falls of Acharn
Croft Moraig stone circle
General Wade's Bridge at Aberfeldy

River Tay at Hilton Hotel, Dunkeld

Edradour Distillery
Derelict Church near Dalwhinnie
Eilean Donan Castle

Rainbow at Broadford, Isle of Skye

Remains of a Broch on Isle of Skye

Views at Quaraing, Isle of Skye

Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye
Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye
Falls near Glencoe
Glenfinnan Monument


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