Scotland Driving Tour
We head up North and have ups and downs.
Winters Chilling Tales # 110
Day 215 – 225
We begin our Scottish tour in Glasgow.
We found a great little two bedroom house in a public housing estate. As we drove into the area we thought we had made a mistake but once we got inside we felt set. We decided to use this as our base because it was a two storey house with a brand new washing machine and great big kitchen. There was also great wifi and so we did heaps of school work. The girls are far behind with their school work so we need to settle for a bit to try and get them caught up.
On the first day Summer noticed her computer was acting really strange and got some alerts that it had been compromised. She spent the next few hours on the phone with some online help desk in India trying to fix it. We had to fork out money for their services, nearly 200 AUD and the phone calls probably cost close to the that as well. It was almost inevitable but we were hoping that it wouldn’t happen. We had a bad virus, a trojan, that had infected our laptop that we use to do everything while all other technology is used for schoolwork. Not a great start to our Scotland leg but we decided to just focus on the girls schoolwork and site seeing. (this post is evidence that we are now using the computer)
From our base in Glasgow we were able to tour the town easily, get over to Edinburgh in only 45 minutes and tour the Scottish Highlands.
Every stretch of road North was lined with green rolling hills, truly amazing.
We also caught up with some friends from Australia. We had a nice meal in an old pub that used to cater for all the golfers at what is claimed to be the oldest golf course in the world.
We tried to extend our stay in Glasgow because we had a sport event to attend with Mick. However, it was the Bank Holiday long weekend and everything in Glasgow was either booked out or ridiculously expensive (including the place we were in).
We eventually found something further South. It turned out to be a large haunted house in Preswick for two nights. Legend has it that Clarke Gable and Elvis Presley stayed here during the war as it was close to the Airport.
Both our Scottish fathers are Rangers supporters but Mick is a Celtic supporter and he arranged tickets to a game. The weather was perfect and we had pretty good seats.
At half-time Summer turns to Mick and says, ‘I am so confused, isn’t Celtic Irish?’. Mick explains the history of the clubs creation and Irish roots. It was interesting that we were sitting at a Celtic game with Irish flags waving everywhere but were in in Scotland.
Best thing was a young Aussie (Rogic) currently playing for Celtic and he even scored a goal. The crowd was pretty fanatical. The singing and chanting just went on for the whole game. For the record Celtic won 3-0. After the game we were able to go up to the members area and have a couple of pints. It was pretty good full of history and we even had the Scottish league trophy on display.
We then headed up to Dundee to try and find some of my family in the North East of Scotland. This didn’t go as well as expected as I only had an address. We just turned up and ‘Uncle Cameron’ had just come home from playing golf so was a little taken back.
We had a small chat but left pretty quickly. He looked as though we were strangers coming to rob him and probably had a few sleepless nights after we left. Oops sorry Uncle Cameron.
It just so happens that Dundee is half hour drive from St Andrews so I squeezed in another item on my bucket list, Old Course St Andrew’s, TICK.
Pretty happy got to walk on the hollow turf, walked up the 1st and back down the 18th took a photo on the famous Swilken Bridge, the kids even managed to try and fish for some golf balls out of the stream. Don’t know how that came about but got a good photo of them and Summer with the bridge in the background.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a round in , it is pretty expensive and I require both my arms and legs to complete our trip around the world. Maybe one day I will play it.
On our way back toward England we stayed one last night in Edinburgh. This was our best opportunity to spend our Scottish notes. We didn’t realise that each bank in Scotland makes their own notes, we had been told some places back in the England don’t accept the notes from Scotland.
I booked our place and made two mistakes, shared bathroom and paid wifi…oops. Then it rained pretty much the whole time so we just paid a fee and did some school work with the kids.
We then ran across a park to a pub for dinner and was told that they wouldn’t serve us because kids are not allowed to be in the pub after 2000. We were pretty annoyed and so the manager let us eat there. Our walk back to the hotel and it poured with rain on us.
It was such a funny way to spend our last night and time in Scotland because we had nothing but good weather and great memories but this final night was not like all the days and nights before.
But overall our driving tour of Scotland was awesome, the scenery, the people, the cows, the whole lot.
Next we head down into England and then back over to Europe one last time.