You can't get there from here...
4am up and at 'em
4:45am load 'em up and head 'em out
5:45am rental car return
6:15am luggage check-in line
7am (yes 45 minute wait) head for the gate
7:20am board the plane... so much for getting breakfast in the airport. Next stop, Glasgow.
One of the members in our little traveling group is heading home to Uganda after our tour is finished. She has some extra luggage that we need to check-in to our B&B we will be staying in on our last night of the trip. And so the Scottish adventure begins. "Stay to the left", "No that's too far left", "We turn right at the next intersection but stay to the left", and this goes on for twenty minutes until our gps leads us to where it thinks the B&B ought to be. Thank heavens for kind locals. After a few minutes discussion and because of a mass of convoluted one-way streets she says "If you just wait until I've finished walking my dog (an actual Scottie dog) I'll get in my car and lead the way." Then she says "You were only about 100 meters from it just back around the corner but they have block that road off." Not savoring the prospect for going the long way around I piped up with "The suitcases have wheels. Would it be faster if we just walked them over?" And so it was. While they got that solved, I got to walk around in a graveyard to take some photos. Welcome to Scotland!
We found our way out of town and headed to Sterling Castle. When I visited in 2009 there was a group recreating the Unicorn Hunt tapestries that had originally hung in the castle. It was a huge project that had weavers in London and at Sterling Castle working full-time and they expected it to take about 5 years. Every part was recreated using the same materials and methods as the originals had been made. It was extra special to see the finished tapestries.
In various rooms we found costumed guides/actors who shared the history and features of the room as if they had lived in the castle during the peak of its grandeur. There were two servant women gossiping about the various royals and their antics at the castle. These ladies were quite funny. Two of the men actors like to tease the visitors as they shared their areas of specialties. This made the history lessons lots of fun.
From Sterling, which btw is where sterling silver originated, we head towards Balbaggie to find our B&B for the night. Tiny towns with funny names entice us to drive down random roads just to say we had been there but not enough time. It's an early start again in the morning but not at 4am thank goodness.
That was a very kind local. But you would have done the same for her.
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