We have one more day. Jimmy’s pipe band is playing this afternoon in Glasgow and it’s near our hotel so we can go. Great way to end our trip. Special thanks to all our Scottish friends for an incredible out of this world trip. Look out guys the yanks are coming back!
First night . Edinburgh will take a lot more days than we have. Hmmm another trip in our future? Below Dan and me selfie outside castle. Rene and me at the gates.
then another castle view.
Photos are pretty self explainitory. More photos when I can edit. Today we take a train to New Lanark Mill and meet Jimmy, Sadie, John and Trish. Tomorrow Dan and Rene and I go to Glasgow where Rene will fly off to Dublin. Dan and I will head back to Nashville Sunday to rest! Wow what an adventure!
Tuesday jimmy drove us up to Edinburgh. The countryside is so beautiful. Before we left we walked down to the railroad bridge. At one time it was the largest arched stone bridge. Jimmy played there as a child. If you remember the train scene from the first Mission Impossible movie where Tom Cruise and were fighting on the top of the train, it was that bridge.
We stopped at Rosalyn Chapel, built in 1400’s . An incredible work of art. Not allowed to take photos inside, but you will remember the Da Vinci Code and that book reserve tied interest in the chapel and virtually saved it.
We got into Edinburgh and settled in. Dan and I took a walk later in the evening. It is a huge city with a long history.
we headed off to the ferry for Arran but when we got there the ferry had been cancelled, and so we went to see Ian at McCallum bagpipes. I’m amazed at how they are made. The pipes are made from African Blackwood. In case you don’t recognize Ian he was in the photo with Dan from the party night.
After McCallum we went to Waterside In for lunch, then to Royal Troon golf course. They were getting ready for the British Open. Quite a site. Now when we watch the open we can say we’ve been there.
Our first day in Mauchline, the morning after….the party. We went first to the Burns Monument. Robert Burns was the premier poet of Scotland. Then we headed up to Burnwiel, the place where William Wallace burned the English garrison, the Barns of Ayr.
Next we went to Alloway to the Burns cottage auld kirkalloway.
These are Scottish Bluebells.
Then we went to Dunure for a lunch and to see the castle ruins there.
From there Trump Turnberry, Donal Trump’s golf resort. What a view from there.
Rene and I took the train to Glasgow and spent the night. We met Jimmy at the airport on Saturday morning and picked up Dan. Photo above is the Firth of Clyde on the way to Mauchline. Sadie was waiting for us at home and after a short nap, the friends gathered. I have never been any place where I felt more like family! They played music and sang for hours!
First photo above, Jimmy and Dan at the Firth. Next is Jimmy playing the uilleean (pronounced ilawn) means elbow pipes. They were called war pipes and were banned just like the highland pipes in early twentieth century, but that ban was lifted. Jimmy plays the highland pipes and flutes as well. Then you see Dan, yes that’s Dan and his new best friend Ian! What a party. Those Scots can really enjoy life!
Thats Mike and Mary and me. Mike’s mom is a McIntyre so I guess that makes us cousins!
Im a day behind on the blog, I’ll try to catch up. Jimmy has taken us to such great places that the average tourist would never find! We are so grateful to Jimmy and Sadie for taking care of us while we are here!