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Photo Review Celebrity Refection May 16th, 2019 Scotland, Ireland & Iceland

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Day 4

We awoke to some serious rain storms, but decided to put our Historic Scotland passes to good use & visit Edinburgh Castle.  One plus of the early hour combined with the stormy weather was that we pretty much had the place (& the tour guide) to ourselves DSCN0172.thumb.jpg.65155c0d16492e49d9673479783f98a4.jpg

 

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One of the most fascinating facts to me, was that American sailers were held prisoner here during the U.S. Revolutionary War, & they left behind graffiti 

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As you can see, by the time we were ready to leave, the bus crowds were beginning to arrive:

 

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love, love your pics!  By the way could you give me your favorite seat numbers on the Air New Zealand to LHR

Norma

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12 minutes ago, h20cruzer said:

love, love your pics!  By the way could you give me your favorite seat numbers on the Air New Zealand to LHR

Norma

 

Hi Norma, we had seats 23 A & B,  hope this helps!

 

We walked over to Holyrood Palace, but the rain was really starting in, so we headed back & stopped at a cute pub for a snack,  discovered that we really, really liked chicken pate with oatcakes!  

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After, we headed back to the hotel, Steve took a little nap, & I went to the exec. lounge for a little afternoon tea (which really meant a gin & tonic :)

 

We bundled up & headed out to walk to the Scran & Scallie,  how cold was it?  This is how Steve dressed & he was still freezing!

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sights along the way:

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amazing meal:

 

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Day 5,  we really took it easy, my camera had been wonky for days & it kept loosing dates & times :(  we decided to just walk in whatever direction we felt like, wandering through the back alleys   & "Closes"  we actually went to bed pretty early because the next day was driving day!  First of all, we'd never driven on the left, but we watched lots of driver perspective videos on you tube, how hard could it be?  

 

Day 6 through 

Well, getting out of town was not easy!  we had gps, but still, there were so many turns to make, it truly was trial by fire!  We discovered some interesting differences between Scottish highways & California ones (in other words, we almost killed ourselves & those around us)  

 

I'm going to attempt to upload a video, but I'm not sure if it will work or not

 

 

 

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Days 6-11

Rather than do a detailed day by day of our driving trip through the Highlands,  I'm going to just touch on the highlights with some photos, suffice it to say, it's one of the most gorgeous places I've ever visited, we absolutely did not have anywhere near the amount of time that I'd have liked.   Brief summary: lots of castle stops!  Major camera trouble! Hairy Coos! Sheep! Views, Views, & more Views!  We spent the first night in Ft. William,  passing through Loch Lomond with many stops along the way....  stayed at small bed and breakfast that evening, & did a lovely hike into the very small nearby town of Corpach for dinner...  it actually snowed in the hills that evening! The next two nights were spent on the Isle of Skye (we took the ferry over, & bridge on the way out...could have easily spent a month on Skye, we stayed at the Cullin Hills Hotel, which I can't recommend enough!  Skye was all about day hiking for us, & we were lucky enough to hit beautiful weather.   Next we headed to Inverness, with our major stops being Eilean Donan & Urqhart Castle (Loch Ness!  Rain!)  After Inverness, we visited Pitlochry, & then Stirling & finally spent one more night in Edinburgh before flying to Dublin for our pre cruise stay.DSCN0249.thumb.jpeg.4c503f25869aa2295d3c601e2d771991.jpeg

 

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View from the B&B in Corpach:

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Wow- gorgeous pictures and great commentary !!! Will be heading to Edinburgh in early October for 5 days between 2 Med cruises oops actually 1 Med and 1 TA). Thanks for posting.

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48 minutes ago, mason525 said:

Wow- gorgeous pictures and great commentary !!! Will be heading to Edinburgh in early October for 5 days between 2 Med cruises oops actually 1 Med and 1 TA). Thanks for posting.

 

thank you & you're welcome :)    Edinburgh was just lovely!

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