Here Comes The Rain Again.

It seems somehow appropriate to use this song title from Scottish-born Annie Lennox, given that we awoke to whipping rain and howling winds. We had survived the night, and at no point did I awake to hear Mary shouting “Auntie Em, Auntie Em”, although it was almost windy enough to lift the Ben Loyal Hotel…

The Storm is Upon Us

We awoke this morning (Wednesday September 19th) to overcast skies and an eerie calm.  We’ve been waiting for Storm Ali to arrive in the Scottish Highlands and according to the news today’s the day.  But as we stepped outside to cross the courtyard for breakfast, there was no wind, no rain, just grey-black sky.  We…

North Coast 500 Adventure Begins

Today (Tuesday September 18th) is the day that we will really begin to experience the North Coast 500, the “tourism route” I wrote about yesterday.  We’re hoping that the grey skies, steady rain and low cloud ceiling will not detract from our journey, and we are prepared for just about anything as the storm alerts…

I Like Haggis

I bet you never expected to see a blog entitled “I like haggis”, or even encounter someone who claims to like haggis, but this morning I dared to try it for the first time. I guess if you’re going to lose your “haggis virginity”, Scotland is the place to do it. And, I really did…

“Whiskey is Liquid Sunshine”

With an appropriate nod to George Bernard Shaw, I thought that the title of today’s blog needed to make some reference to whiskey, since this is the day we are heading into the Speyside region of Scotland, home to more than half the distilleries in Scotland. Truth be told, I am not a Whiskey drinker,…

Fun? Let Me Count (Dracula) The Ways

Okay, okay.  I know I am known for my bad puns, and Mary says its a “Grandpa thing”, but what else could the title of today’s blog be?  I mean, we’re paying a visit to the castle that helped inspire Bram Stoker to write his Gothic Horror novel, Dracula.  Come on. Our day (Saturday September…

Slowing the Pace a Bit

Today (Friday September 14) marked the beginning of our 3rd week on the road, and we were feeling a little sluggish towards the end of the day yesterday, so we decided to dial it back a bit. If you read yesterday’s post, I hinted that we might take a break from full Scottish breakfasts today…

Traveling in a Straight Line? Not Us!

Today is Thursday September 13th, and we are starting to leave the Borders,  and Central Scotland  well behind us.  As our journey takes us further north, we will be zigzagging back and forth in order to try and see as much as we can along the way. In what seems to be a recurring pattern,…

A Day of Discovery

I think that no matter where I am, or what I’m doing, September 11th is forever etched in my mind as a day we witnessed unthinkable horror.  Perhaps it is my generation’s Pearl Harbor. I just know that at some point on this day, every year since 2001, I have remembered how stunned and speechless…

Rerouting….

For anyone who has and uses GPS in their vehicles, you’ll likely be familiar with the sound of a Siri-like voice (or in our case “Sid”) chanting “rerouting” at you, when you deviate from her chosen course. On this day, (Monday September 10th), we didn’t need any help from Sid to tell us that some…

A Day of (almost) Complete Rest

As I noted in yesterday’s blog (Saturday September 8th), Mary and I had “hit a wall” from the pace we had been keeping, and we had decided to take our foot off the gas for a day.  That meant that today (Sunday the 9th) we slept until well past 8 AM (a rarity for us),…