Scotland 2009 Part One

We arrived in a very drizzly Glasgow on September 3rd after flying direct from Calgary with Thomas Cook Travel (We won’t be flying with them again!). Our vacation package included 2 nights accommodations at the Express by Holiday Inn Glasgow City-Riversidewhich was in a fairly good location. Close to St Enoch subway station, St Enoch Shopping Centre, a bunch of restaurants and Central Station. The room was fairly roomy with a comfortable queen size bed and a pull out couch. The hotel served continental breakfast that included toast, cereal, pastries, cheese, fruit, yogurt, juices, coffee/hot chocolate/ mocha.  We were quite happy with the hotel and would recommend it if anyone was looking for a hotel in Glasgow.

Glasgow left a little to be desired – it was fairly dirty and sketchy in quite a few areas. We mentioned this to some Scots throughout our travels and it seemed pretty obvious that very few people actually like the city. Although I wouldn’t recommend anyone visit the city we still had fun!

We ended up going to the Glasgow Science Centre and having quite a bit of fun there. It was a relief to see that there were other adults there without children!

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Tony at the Glasgow Museum

 

On our walk to Kelvingrove Museum we saw some things

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A cool building ( who am I kidding? There was a ton of neat buildings!)

 

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A University or College Campus

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A sketchy path by the river. It looks nicer in the picture than it was. There was tons of garbage strewn about.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum was quite interesting! The best part was that admission was by donation ( a suggested donation of £2.00 was posted). The museum had a variety of exhibits ranging from understanding art to ancient Egypt with a real mummy! One wing had a stuffed elephant that has been there for over 100 years. Some areas were exploratory giving visitors an opportunity to take part in interactive exhibits.  It just so happened that there was an organ performance the day we were there so we had the pleasure of hearing the music as we looked around. We spent about 3 hours going through the whole museum and were very happy we made the trek from the subway.

 

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Check out the huge organ!

After we went to Kelvingrove we went to see the Glasgow Cathedral & Necropolis. The cathedral was built in approximately 1136 and has many different areas within it. The architecture of the building is absolutely beautiful.

 

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Part of the Cathedral as we were walking

 

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A view of the cathedral from the necropolis

 

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The ceiling in the lower church

 

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Floor tiles in the Upper Church House

 

We left the following morning to go back to the airport to pick up our rental car. We ended up waiting in line for our car for over an hour and were extremely anxious to start our drive to the Isle of Skye with the help of our trusty GPS. I cannot stress how helpful the GPS was!

I was slightly relieved that I wasn’t old enough to drive the rental car without paying an extra ‘young driver fee’ so I left all the driving up to Tony.  I think there should be some kind of brochure given to renters on pertinent driving information relating to the country before releasing the rental vehicle. We kinda went with the flow and figured out things as we went, like the “Zigity Zag” as Tony likes to call it. When I noticed that we had keys for a Mercedes I got a bit excited and worried at the same time considering that we were driving on the wrong side of the car & road for the first time and to top it off, it was super foggy and rainy.

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 Tony with our little car known as The Silver Bullet

 

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 The driving conditions through the Cullins

We rented the car from the airport which I thought was super smart because we wouldn’t have to start driving on the wrong side of the road, on the wrong side of the car right away. Well Glasgow International Airport is kinda in the city a bit, we, and by we I mean Tony, had to figure out the driving quick! We were taken through a bunch of roundabouts onto a very narrow highway. For the first hour or so of the trip I was holding onto my holy shit handle for dear life.

As I mentioned above, the GPS is a wonderful thing. Sometimes it does weird things though. We were driving on an ‘A’ road when all of a sudden it told us to take a ‘B’ road right along side a river. For those of you know don’t know the different between an ‘a’ and ‘b’ road the difference is huge! The ‘b’ road was essentially a dirt/ gravel path large enough for about 3/4 of a car. Luckily we didn’t meet many cars along the way. The scariest part was that the river beside us was extremely high and if Tony did anything sketchy we would have been in the river. This road, according to the GPS, was a short cut to bring us back to the same road we were on!

Here’s some pictures I took while we were driving down the ‘b’ road.

 

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The mist was gorgeous. Although it didn’t make for good driving, it looked really nice

 

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A waterfall on the river that we could have been swept away in

 

 

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A cute cottage right after we got off the ‘b’ road

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Driving through the Cullins towards the Isle of Skye

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By this point Tony and I were commenting on how much this area looked like BC with smaller mountains and although it was lovely, it wasn’t what we were expecting. 

I will continue on tomorrow with our time on the Isle of Skye, lunch at the Three Chimney’s Restaurant ( and Tony’s disgusting $8.00 coffee) and moving onto the Whiskey trail.

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