One that will not be forgotten
10.10.2012 - 13.10.2012 8 °C
We rented a car in Edinburgh for a week so we could get around the country a little quicker and see as much as we could in our two weeks in the UK. Heres a little map to kind of show our route:
We first headed towards St.Andrews the "home of golf". There are seven golf courses here in total but the original course, the "Old Course" dates back to medieval times,is still used today and is the most frequent venue for the Open Championship. It's also a very big University city with the most recent 'famous' graduate being Prince William. We came across an old cathedral that is now left in ruins but was still breathtaking..
We coudn't get any good pictures of the golf course minus the back of the 18th so I don't really have any to show. We headed north from there towards Inverness, the UK's most northern city. And of course beautiful scenery along the way and a nice sunset that night too. We stopped in a lot of small towns along the way, every town in the whole UK is only ten minutes apart so they all kind of blend in together..Jordan spotted a hobbit house ..
From Inverness we drove south along Loch Ness but we didn't see Nessie just this one
We seen Urquhart Castle which was built in the 13th century, the year not known for sure, but only got a picture from far away because they wanted an arm and a leg to get into it..
We then drove to Fort Augustus where Pete and Shelly live, old co-workers of Jordans. We got there in the afternoon and didn't leave until the next day. We had a great visit with them and their family, they are really amazing people and it was great meeting them! I wish I would have gotten a picture of us! While we were in that town we got to see a boat going through the locks there which was pretty cool as I never fully understood how it worked.
The next day we said our goodbyes and headed towards Portree the biggest town on the Isle of Ske. Its known for its beautiful harbour, fringed with cliffs. We stayed that night at a bed and breakfast right on the harbour called the The Pink Guest House. At this point the weather was turning pretty crappy, quickly, so we just stayed in for the night and relaxed.
The weather didn't let up over the next couple of days which almost added to the authenticity of the Highland trip, rainy overcast weather is definitely more common than not. So the pictures really don't do the scenery justice but you can still get the idea...
The further we went up north the smaller the roads got. Jordan got the short end of the stick having to drive because the roads were single lane with two way traffic, some on the edge of huge cliffs or up against what they call "mountains" no comparison to our Rockies but still quite impressive none the less, and therefore literally couldnt take his eyes off the road. It would have been an amazing trip on a bike because it was tight winding roads and very hilly. We came across a few other castles along the way and some highlands coo's :D. Overall it was an amazing drive well worth it for sure, and we both seem to have a really good feel for the entire country as a whole and not just Edinburgh -their main attraction. We made it back to Edinburgh yesterday and were heading out tomorrow to drive through some of England before the car has to be back on the 18th.