After the Highland Games, it was off to Carnoustie for the 147th Open. We call it the British Open. Since this was the first major golf tournament, here it is simply referred to as the Open. For the next day … Continue reading The (British) Open
After Dundee, we were off to Inverness. Specifically, Tulloch Castle. The drive was supposed to be under three hours, but it took much longer. We had to take a detour to the Inverness Airport to add Jen as a driver at Hertz. The Castle was more of a country estate. So it was a bit disappointing that the Visit Scotland website listed this as a castle. The Castle was built in the 12th century, but much of it has been destroyed over the years. Before dinner, I took a walk in the countryside and enjoyed the bleating sheep in the … Continue reading Castles and Highlands
We were to camp 2 nights in Carnoustie, but one night of lying on the ground with drunken Scots singing into the wee hours, we opted to find a room. We lucked out and found a room in Dundee which is about 11 miles from Carnoustie. After the tournament, we drove into Dundee and checked in. It was a bit late and we were hungry. The only place that was open and nearby was a Mexican restaurant. We served Mexican by a man from Nepal in Scotland. Honestly, I was so tired I don’t remember what I ate, I just … Continue reading Dundee, a surprising city
We travel to see different places and experience different sporting events. Summers in Scotland feature Highland Games. Originally, Highland Games were actually military exercises. Now, the Highland Games are community type festivals to celebrate Scottish heritage and competition. We headed toward Lochearnhead for their Highland Games. The games were held in an open field that must also double as a cow pasture as there were warnings for E.coli. There were a few tents set up like you would find at an arts festival here. We spoke with several of the locals. When they found out we were from the U.S., … Continue reading A Wee Bit of the Highland Games
After St. Andrews, we drove down to Edinburgh. Although numerous people have referred to it to Edinboro. So I don’t know. But what I do know, is that the city has some amazing history. The skyline is dominated by Edinburgh … Continue reading Ediburgh or Edinboro?
The first full day began with the fire alarm going off in the hotel. Most people’s first reaction would by “Oh no! A fire.” Mine? “Oh no! She’s awake.” As frequent readers will note, when Jen is awake, everyone is … Continue reading The Home of Golf
It is always a bit daunting when faced with an entire day of travel which includes a red eye. We left Miami a little before 10 PM on a 8 and 1/2 hour flight. We flew Aer Lingus, an Irish airline. Here are our quick hits: 1. Yes, the airplane cabin decor is various shades of green. Which matched the color of the ocean waters. They were a green that I would expect to see in the Caribbean. 2. Great airline. Roomy seats even in economy that actually recline back. 3. Jen’s seat had a wet spot. Perhaps the prior … Continue reading Getting There: Miami to Dublin