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Travelogue: afterweek of the wedding 
5th-Nov-2007 10:13 am
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The trip south with the family during the week after the wedding.

8 October:

Left for points south. Went first to Dunottar, which I've mentioned before. Gram and I went to visit the Dunottar church while the rest hiked up and down. Discovered that there is a stone dedicated to the Covenanters who died in the Whig Vault of Dunottar.

From there, we drove on to Arbroath. We walked around the city center, looking for lunch and landed up in a cafe doing its last week of business. No potatoes. Not even for ready money. ybunny, golfbisquit, and I got a box of chocolates and some candles for Gram, whose birthday it was.

On to Arbroath Abbey and a lovely tour around there. Did a bit of singing in the Baptistry to try out the acoustics. Drove by the House of Dun on the way back to Montrose.

Went back to the B&B (Eskview Farm B&B) and wandered down to the sea to watch the sun go down. Quite chilly compared to recent days.

Went into Montrose for dinner and ended up eating at a mediocre Chinese restaurant.

Sang happy birthday to Gram and then went to bed.

9 October:

Drove on down to St. Andrews. No parking near the castle, so ybunny and I stayed in the car and circled while the rest went to see as much as they were bothered to in the rain.

Then, on to Perth. We drove straight on to Scone Palace and walked through the buildings and saw the Stone of Destiny replica.
Tried to have lunch at the palace cafe, but they were out of potatoes as well. (What is up with that?)

Went back into town to find the place that C had told me about, Manna House. Got there, but too late for lunch. Had a cup of tea and a scone and then the boys had some chips as well.

golfbisquit and I went out to check for info on a violin concert in the evening, but no one was really bothered.

We drove up to check into the B&B (Hazeldene Guest House), but got distracted by mention of the Perth airport. We drove up and golfbisquit wandered around the hangers and got to talk to some guys about flying in Scotland. He also acquired a flight map of some variety.

We went on to the B&B and checked in and started working on what to do about supper. Most of the Americans were sick of the cost of eating out in Scotland, so golfbisquit, ybunny, drjoan, and I went to Morrison's and bought bread, cheese, yogurt, trifle, and fruit to have for supper. We ate in the B&B's breakfast room.

I believe this B&B was the best of the trip.

10 October:

We drove on towards Edinburgh and stopped at Linlithgow and saw the palace there. They've done even more restoration work and it looks better every time I see it.

From there, we checked into the B&B for Edinburgh (Redcraig B&B) and then drove into the Capitol.

After sandwiches, we went to the Castle. After a longish stay there, I gave a bit of a tour of the Mile. From there, we walked to Ann Purna, the vegetarian Indian restaurant, for supper. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

11 October:

We drove back into town and everyone went into Holyrood Palace. It had been so long since golfbisquit and I had been that we hardly remembered being there.

Mrs. D, gramj, and patch_mom went on the bus tour of the city while golfbisquit, drjoan, ybunny, and myself hiked Arthur's Seat.

We got some tips from dreema and decided to drive on to Stirling to see that castle as well.

Gram and I ended up seeing the castle on our own while everyone else went on the guided tour.

From there, we drove back into Edinburgh and ate at David Bann. Brilliant, as always. I'd never have put potatoes and chocolate together, but it really worked.

12 October:

Took Mrs. D, gramj, and patch_mom on to the airport.

golfbisquit, drjoan, ybunny, and I headed back North. The golfing two wanted to try to play one of the other courses at St. Andrews.
When we got to St. Andrews, they were able to score a tee time on the New Course.

ybunny and I went into St. Andrews castle, as our three day pass was still working and then wandered around the town while they golfed. We got some food and met them as they finished the 18th hole.

We drove back to Aberdeen and sorted out some of the clutter in the flat and ybunny and I finished up packing for honeymoon.

The rest of the photos from the week are here.
5th-Nov-2007 11:15 am (UTC)
These photos make me really miss Scotland and wish I could go back!
5th-Nov-2007 11:50 am (UTC)
It is beautiful. I'm always happy to be living here. :)
5th-Nov-2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for not only sharing David Bann with me but also paying for dinner. That's three times you fed me. You are far too good to me. :)

Looks like a fabulous trip!

I hope you get better soon.
5th-Nov-2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh my. The landscape is absolutely stunning, particularly the one on the photo from October 11th. Actually my friends and I wanted to visit Scotland after graduation, but due to lack of money and time we have to restrict to South West England. *sighs*
5th-Nov-2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Beautiful photo of Dunottar! I wish it were going to be open when we could get to it! :-( Maybe we need to rearrange when we go where.

Arbroath is on our list...

The B&B in Perth sounds great; and that has some nearby castles... Hmmm, possibly a change in plans....
6th-Nov-2007 10:49 am (UTC)
Is it just the day of the week? I know I've been to Dunottar in January, but that was two years ago...

Perth: Scone was brilliant, and I'd like to get to Blair Castle at some point. It would take a bit of a long day to go to Blair and back to Perth, I think.

So exciting that you're getting married soon! :)
6th-Nov-2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
It's the day of the week; we can rejigger the schedule so as to get there.

Some castles are just closed during the winter, like Elcho near Perth or Lochleven to the south; others are just open fewer days, like Dunottar and Blair Castle.

Scone: I'd love to see that too! Now I even now how to say it right! :-) My sailing instructor made sure that I understood it was only the *town* (and stone) that are pronounced "skOOn", that the food is "skan" (and that none of them are "skown"...)

I am very excited about the wedding, and NJS is VERY excited! Now to get the last items in order....
6th-Nov-2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Wonderful photos!!!

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