Scotland - 2019.05.10


Trip Planning Travel Agent History of Scotland Best Tourist Destinations Photos of Scotland


Trip Planning

Virginia, Chuck, Champagne!
Virginia told me she had relatives in Glasgow Scotland and we might be able to stay with them if we visited Scotland. I suggested we could rent a car and drive all over the country, staying at inns when possible.

She called me on the last day of April, 2018, and told me we had been invited to visit her relatives in Scotland! We have tentative plans to visit them in May of 2019! We will be in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands in November of 2018!

Here we are in Algeria celebrating my 78th birthday on a Mediterranean cruise in February of 2018.

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My Personal Travel Agent - Setting up trips to Morocco, Portugal, Sicily and many other destinations. A top Travel Consultant.

My travel agent suggested the following when I told her we might be going to Scotland.

Scotland is one of the "in" destinations right now. Start following some of the low cost airlines to get advance notice of sales. For some of the flash sales you only have 24 hrs to book and pay but the rates are way really good. You may get a lower airfare to London than to Edinburgh. Then take the train, it's a nice ride about 4½ hours.

Please contact Viviane Tondeur for help in setting up trips and getting the best deals possible. Check her out!

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History of Scotland

Located in northwest Europe, Scotland is one of the four countries that comprise the United Kingdom. Spanning more than 30,000 square miles, it takes up the northern third of Great Britain, and is bordered on the south by England. Surrounded by water, Scotland is bordered by the North Sea on the east, the Atlantic Ocean on the north and west, and the North Channel and the Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, there are 790 islands that make up Scotland. Scotland's waters, which contain some of the largest oil reserves in Europe, are known to be some of the region's richest fishing grounds.

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Top Spots to Visit while in Scotland

This link will detail some of the best and most interesting places one can visit while in Scotland.

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Road Map of Scotland

This link will display the major roads in Scotland and in the lower left cornor are some figures as to the miles to various locations.

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A History of Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall (Latin: Vallum Aelium), also called the Roman Wall, Picts' Wall, or Vallum Hadriani in Latin, was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 in the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire, immediately north of which were the lands of the northern Ancient Britons, including the Picts.

It had a stone base and a stone wall. There were milecastles with two turrets in between. There was a fort about every five Roman miles. From north to south, the wall comprised a ditch, wall, military way and vallum, another ditch with adjoining mounds. It is thought the milecastles were staffed with static garrisons, whereas the forts had fighting garrisons of infantry and cavalry. In addition to the wall's defensive military role, its gates may have been customs posts.

A significant portion of the wall still stands and can be followed on foot along the adjoining Hadrian's Wall Path. The largest Roman artefact anywhere, it runs a total of 73 miles (117.5 kilometres) in northern England. Regarded as a British cultural icon, Hadrian's Wall is one of Britain's major ancient tourist attractions. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. In comparison, the Antonine wall, thought by some to be based on Hadrian's wall (the Gillam hypothesis), was not declared a World Heritage site until 2008.

It is a common misconception that Hadrian's Wall marks the boundary between England and Scotland. In fact Hadrian's Wall lies entirely within England and has never formed the Anglo-Scottish border. While it is less than 0.6 miles (1.0 km) south of the border with Scotland in the west at Bowness-on-Solway, in the east it is as much as 68 miles (109 km) away.

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Chance Meeting on Easter Island - 1999 - Patricia from Glasgow

I first traveled to the tip of Chile, boarded a ship and sailed to Argentina and the Patagonia Park. After that I stopped in Santiago to visit friends for a few days Easter Island so I figured as long as I was in Santiago and so close, 2,000 miles, I might as well go to Easter Island!

I didn't realize that Patricia M. Malcolm, who lives at Jordanhill in Glasgow - G149NL - Scotland - United Kingdom, was on the same trip to the tip of South America and ended up on the same flight from Santiago after the Tierra del Fuego cruise finished.

She over heard I was going to Easter Island and told my new friend from Beverly Hills, we met on the cruise, that she wanted it to be a surprise as we might both end up on Easter Island, She found out I was staying at the Hotel Okai and wanted to surprise me there.

As fate would have it, her Lan Chile airline seat was right behind me, we both were surprised! So we had five days to go around the island and we have kept in touch for 20 years!

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Globus Bus Tour of Scotland

We decided it was better to take a tour the first week we were in Scotland. Then we could rent a car and see things closer to Glasgow or just visit the local sites.

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 Day 1 of the Globus Tour of Scotland

    ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

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 Day 2

    GLASGOW. LOCH LOMOND & STIRLING EXCURSION

Beautiful Loch Lomond is your first destination today, and a [LF] CRUISE past pretty islands brings you from Luss to the picturesque village of Balmaha. Then, enjoy a guided tour of a WHISKY DISTILLERY, where you hear about the ancient art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart-warming liquor. Next, visit STIRLING CASTLE, a great symbol of Scottish independence and favored residence of Scotland’s kings and queens. Back in vibrant Glasgow, an orientation drive takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares built by wealthy tobacco barons. (B)

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 Day 3

    GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–GLENFINNAN–ISLE OF SKYE

A day of striking scenery. Follow dramatic mountain ranges and idyllic lochs as you proceed via the awe-inspiring expanse of Rannoch Moor, scenic Glen Coe, Fort William, and the “Road to the Isles” to Glenfinnan. Take photographs of the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter films. At Mallaig, board your FERRY for the crossing to the Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and famous for its dramatic landscapes. Before dinner tonight, why not join an optional excursion to the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, followed by a drink at a local pub? (B,D) buildings, and elegant Georgian squares built by wealthy tobacco barons. (B)

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 Day 4

   ISLE OF SKYE–CULLODEN MOOR–TOMINTOUL–ABERDEEN

Return to the mainland this morning and trace the shores of Loch Ness on your way to the CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, where you hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, enjoy more spectacular Highland scenery as you drive into the Cairngorms National Park to stop at Tomintoul, the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, before arriving at your overnight destination—Aberdeen. (B,D)

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 Day 5

   ABERDEEN–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH

In contrast to the valleys and rolling hills of the past days, today you’ll travel along the s hores of the North Sea and through rich, fertile, and wide-open farmland to Perth for a special visit to SCONE PALACE, the stately home of the Earl and Countess of Mansfield. During your welcome over [LF] COFFEE and SHORTBREAD, hear about the crowning of Scottish kings, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, then join your guide on a private tour of the Murray family home. Plenty of time later to explore the palace grounds. On to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, has given us the rules of golfing. A fun inclusion is the opportunity to hit a few balls at the [LF] ST. ANDREWS GOLF PRACTICE CENTRE. Cross the mighty Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh and tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

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 Day 6

   EDINBURGH

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Scottish capital at your own pace. Later, a unique experience: board the former [LF] ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this exceptional evening. For departure numbers 0728 through 0818, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B,D)

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 Day 7 - End of Globus Tour

   EDINBURGH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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