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Armagh: St. Patrick and the Gargoyles

Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | Views [333]

ARMAGH IS ST. PATRICK COUNTRY, SECURELY ANCHORING Armagh on the Saint Patrick Trail.  We stopped at the St. Patrick Center in (where else?) Downpatrick only to learn that while much is said, not much is known about the patron saint of Ireland who ... Read more >


Around Londonderry

Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | Views [484]

WE MORE OR LESS PICKED LILLIKOI B&B FROM a hat.  It’s brand new and doesn’t yet have a review on booking. com.  But it will - and ours will be glowing.  It sits on a hill overlooking the River Foyle, less than ten miles ... Read more >


The Giant's Causeway

Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | Views [598]

THE GIANT'S CAUSEWAY IS THE MOST POPULAR attraction along the Causeway Coastal Route.  Aside from the spectacular scenery, it is the only attraction - unless you are a golfer.  The natural beauty and geologic uniqueness of the Giant’... Read more >


The Shankill Murals

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | Views [483]

THE TROUBLES MAY BE IN THE PAST AND A FINAL SETTLEMENT is still a dream.  But activism is alive and well in Belfast and it is most obvious in the murals in West Belfast on Shankill Road.  This isn’t spray-can graffiti or run of the mill ... Read more >


Belfast

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | Views [330]

WE COULD HAVE FLOWN, OF COURSE, BUT THE FERRY to Belfast, including three buses, cost only a third as much as airfare.  Never mind that we spent most of the day in transit or waiting for the next leg.  Not insignificantly the final bus deposited ... Read more >


Photos: Northern Ireland

Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Braveheart, the Bruce and the Queen of Scots

Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 | Views [1177]

THE ROYAL HIGHLAND FAIR HAS EDINBURGH TIED IN KNOTS.  Now I understand why the castle is in such pristine condition.  With only one bridge leading to the city there was no way an invading army could succeed.  It took us two tries and ... Read more >


Scotland's Backroads

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | Views [443]

WITH SIR CLIVE, OUR SatNav, PROGRAMMED FOR SCENIC routes we have been working our way south through the list of sites in our Historic Scotland guide.  Fort George and Elgin Cathedral, Arbroath Abbey and Edzell Castle, Spiney Palace and Duff House, ... Read more >


It's All About Whiskey

Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | Views [355]

JOHN O'GROATS BECKONED LIKE A LODESTONE.  Its name alone would make it interesting enough for a visit; add its location on the windblown NE coast and it’s hard to resist.  It isn’t the northernmost point on the Scottish mainland ... Read more >


Photos: Scotland: The East

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Orkney: The Finale

Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | Views [292]

THE REEL IS AT THE EPICENTER OF TRADITIONAL CELTIC MUSIC in Orkney - not, as I naively thought, a fishing tackle shop - a place where the folks of Kirkwall gather for a beer or fiddle lessons.  Last night we sardined ourselves along with 70 or ... Read more >


Orkney: Act Two

Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | Views [362]

ONE ADVANTAGE OF THIS MORNING’S RAIN - consecutive sunny days would be too much to hope for - was that we had the Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge all to ourselves.  The nasty weather even added to the atmosphere.  While the nearby ... Read more >


Orkney: Act One

Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | Views [352]

THE ORKNEYS ARE NOT KNOWN FOR SUNNY SKIES, which is why today was such a pleasant surprise.  Except for a renegade cloud that delivered ten minutes of rain, the day was spectacular.  Even the 90-minute ferry crossing from Thurso was as smooth ... Read more >


Isle of Skye

Saturday, 7 Jun 2014 | Views [387]

SOME TAKE THE LOW ROAD, SOME TAKE THE HIGH ROAD.  We took the long road to the Isle of Skye, with a detour to Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and a stop in Inverness.  It was another great day for driving, light traffic and sunny skies and we ... Read more >


Photos: Scotland: Isle of Skye and the Orkneys

Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | Photo Gallery


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The Isle of Mull and Iona Abbey

Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | Views [1799]

NOT EVERY HOTEL AND B&B IS LISTED ON BOOKING.COM.  But when we couldn’t get a reservation on the Isle of Mull we decided it was too risky to take a ferry to the island on the chance we could find a place.  Instead we stayed at Oban ... Read more >


Five Castles and the Holy Grail

Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | Views [478]

THERE ARE CASTLES . . . AND THERE ARE CASTLES.  Even the largest, most luxurious were dreary, drafty and cold.  The smaller castles, like Campbell, Doune, Newark, Dumbarton and Dunstaffnage must have been truly nasty places to live, not nearly ... Read more >


Stirling Castle and Inchmahome Priory

Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | Views [1787]

LISTENING TO THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND PODCAST has given us a decent understanding of Scotland’s history, intertwined as it is with England's.  And so often the stories converge around Stirling Castle, sometimes under English control, sometimes ... Read more >


On The Bonnie, Bonnie Banks of Loch Lohman

Sunday, 1 Jun 2014 | Views [482]

WE’VE SET UP TEMPORARILY AT ST. BLANES B&B on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lohman.  We intended to stay only a couple of nights but the location is convenient to so much that we decided to stay a while.  It’s a comfortable ... Read more >


Around Glasgow

Friday, 30 May 2014 | Views [309]

THE PUB AT THE BALBAIRDIE HOTEL WAS HOPPING and a wee taste of whiskey was mighty tempting.  But it was already after ten, it had been a long day and bed was even more enticing.  Our flight to Glasgow was delayed by ten hours and we spent ... Read more >


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