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THISTLE-STOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (8)

Our group left Oban  for Inverary, ( pronounced Inverara) seat of the Campbells and Dukes of Argyll. Marjorie and I weren’t particularly looking forward to the Aberfoyle Wool Show, but the NZ compere not only had us laughing but also recounted some … Continue reading

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THISTLESTOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (7)

In a drizzle of fine rain we arrived at the Queen’s Hotel, Oban, where our room enjoyed views of the bay. The big McBrayne Ferries sailed right past the dining room window,  an ideal spot to share a drink with … Continue reading

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THISTLESTOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (6)

Next morning we set off along the Northern Scottish coastline, admiring the attractive white beaches. Inland we enjoyed the wild countryside,   rocky hills covered in brown heather and scrubby trees . We picked some white heather, said to be lucky, so … Continue reading

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THISTLESTOP TOUR TO BONNIE SCOTLAND (5)

We visited Dunrobin Castle,  built around 1401, probably on the site of a Medieval fort. Replete with paintings and treasures, it is home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. The splendid vistas of the formal gardens, and beyond to the sea, give … Continue reading

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THISTLE STOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (4)

Dinner  at the Thistle Hotel was indeed a Banquet with  Scotland’s longest running stage show. We loved the haunting  renditions of the bagpipe, the violinists, pipers, highland dancers and singers ,  with a lively commentary from one of the stars of … Continue reading

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THISTLE STOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (3 CONTD)

They used to call Edinburgh the Athens of the North due to the Neo Greek Architecture.A French and Flemish influence is also evident , in the pointed towers and stepped roofs called Crow Steps. A seat of learning for artists and … Continue reading

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THISTLE STOP TOUR OF BONNIE SCOTLAND (2 contd)

Everyone enjoyed Morag’s introduction to the history of this ancient land. We learnt of the  mixture of races – Picts, Celts,Romans,English, Irish, Vikings…Possibly the original inhabitants were the Pictish tribes, called Painted Warriors by the Romans, due to the blue … Continue reading

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Thistle Stop Tour Of Bonnie Scotland

One cool, cloudy day in May my cab deposited me at  Victoria  Station, London,  where I boarded our rainbow decorated Tourist Coach. As the 7AM departure time drew near, Morag, the tourist guide,  checked her watch. The last passenger dashed … Continue reading

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