As I mentioned before I left, in March I went to Scotland for a week with my friend Tanya and my husband. I had not gotten around to blogging about the trip, since it was no epic bicycling adventure. In fact, quite the opposite: we traveled all around Scotland via rental car with the express purpose of visiting as many whisky distilleries as possible. We were successful. :-)
We flew into Glasgow and immediately picked up the car and set out for the countryside, traveling to a different town every day, staying at a different B&B every night. I would not necessarily recommend this itinerary for a week’s trip because driving time was much longer than estimated (and scary! with being on the left and curvy roads and cliffs and all) but we got to see a lot of this beautiful country and meet lots of very friendly residents.
Slowed down a bit by a flat tire…
And now prepare for gobs of photographs, showing our daily adventures. I hope no one still has dial-up internet! (All photos by me, unless I’m in them.)
Day 1: Oban
Every B&B we stayed at served breakfast, of course. The menu never changed: always the traditional Scottish breakfast.
I was happy to see that in addition to tea every place served delicious french-press coffee.
Day 2: Isle of Skye
I think sheep are so funny and awesome and I was thrilled to see them everywhere in Scotland. The sheep roam entirely free on the Isle of Skye, since the only way off is a bridge, and the shepherds separate them at the end of the season based on color markings on their wool. The result is a bunch of punk-rock sheep wandering around, with hot pink and bright blue and neon green tufts sticking up.
Ratagan Pass for a beautiful view.
Day 3: Dufftown
B&B: Morven House
Distillery: Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Glen Grant
This B&B had the coolest house cat.
Day 4: Pitlochry
Distillery: Macallan, Dalwhinnie
Macallan is my favorite distillery and I brought back two bottles: a special edition 1876 replica and a 22 year. Yum!
Queen’s View for the most beautiful view.
Castle whose name I cannot remember with beautiful but scary peacocks wandering around.
Day 5: On the road to Edinburgh
A hike at the Falls of Bruar, which my fear of heights made nerve-wracking, but the views were worth it.
Day 6: Edinburgh
It rained pretty much the entire time, which we took as a sign to spend most of the day poking around used book stores and drinking in pubs.
My Lululemon rain trench came in handy.
While in Edinburgh, we were thrilled to meet up with Jennifer both nights, a fab woman and LGRAB reader whom I hung out with when she visited Chicago two years ago. So handy to have a local to bring us to the best restaurants and bars! :-)
Day 7: Glasgow
After Glasgow, we flew to Dublin for 2 days/3 nights. I’ll post about that part of the trip separately.
The single malt whisky I brought home with me!
Half of these bottles are empty by now. :-)
Other trips we’ve taken over the years:
St. Petersburg, Russia (with some interesting bicyclists)
London, England (with cycling infrastructure)
Paris, France (with Velib and bicycling around Versailles)
NYC, New York
San Diego, CA (twice!)
And we’re very excited about our planned trip to London/Paris/Amsterdam next month!