Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018
Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scotland. Show all posts

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

5 and 6 October 2019 - More photos from our Newtonmore Trip

 
Belatedly - here are some more pictures from our weekend in Newtonmore, starting with the view from Room 26, now being refurbished, on Saturday morning.
 
My original posting is .
 
We started with the Aviemore parkrun. Here is Gayle, on a recce.
 
 
Posing before the start.
 
 
Posing at the finish. Sue is just about in shot!
 
 
Preparing for the assault on Cruben Beag.
 
 
There wasn't a path, though we met a chap, 'cjo', who was nearing the end of an anticlockwise circuit around this ring of hills. Good views.
 
 
 
A deer fence looked as if it would present a tricky obstacle, until we found a crossing place where it had blown down.
 
 
A fine little summit - Cruben Beag, 590 metres.
 
 
 
Here's the route - 4.3 km, 350 metres ascent, taking 2 hours including breaks.
 
 
'Touch Not The Cat But a Glove', say the Macphersons, whose 'cairn' is situated beside the road back to Newtonmore.
 
 
 
 
Sunday (original posting ) was forecast to be dire weather, so we went for an 8 km run to Kingussie and back with Mick and Gayle.
 
 
A visit to the Highland Folk Museum followed.
 
 
 
 
The next picture shows the interior of the C18th building shown in the picture below it.
 
 
 
Here's part of the 18th Century township.
 
 
 
This pond was apparently used for curling, back in the 1700s.
 
 
At the other end of the large museum site, a number of buildings etc transport the visitors into a 1930s environment.
 
 
 
 
This is the 'best' side of this old car, an Austin Seven?, so it needs a fair amount of restoration.
 
 
As does this Fordson tractor...
 
 
 
Enough said - this museum is full of 'work in progress', but the restoration projects have already borne fruit, and they are continuing apace. Well done to all concerned.
 

I'm not sure whether this bike, very like one I used to have, is an employee's or an exhibit!
 
 
Well, that's it from this trip - click on any of the pictures for better resolution and access to a slideshow.

Friday, 25 October 2019

1 to 4 October 2019 - some photos from Edinburgh

 
This got posted prematurely, but I'll try to update it to convey what I originally intended!
 
There are about 40 pictures here, and nearly 160 in a Dropbox album . I've also inserted links to the original postings.
 
Day 1 - original posting .
 
We drove up to Edinburgh and took advantage of the fine day to climb Arthur's Seat.
 
Descent took us past Holyrood.
 
 
We strolled up and down 'The Royal Mile'.
 
 
Here's the route we took, as far as the Thai restaurant.
 
 
Day 2 - original posting
 
There's a major construction site in the city centre.
 
 
We visited the National Monument and the Nelson Monument.
 
 
 
A Portuguese Cannon sits just below the National Monument.
 
 
 
An 11 km stroll took us past this sculpture in the Water of Leith, to the harbour area at Leith for lunch.
 
 
We'd booked to go on the Royal Yacht Britannia, and very interesting that was too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here's our 11 km walking route.
 
 
Day 3 - original posting .
 
We started with a visit to the Castle.
 
 
This is part of the prison.
 
 
There's a massive cannon - Mons Meg.
 
 
The Great Hall is quite magnificent.
 
 
 
 
Military statues and a huge War Memorial feature in the castle's grounds.
 
 
Back in the streets of Edinburgh, we came across homage to Chris Hoy, Olympic cyclist.
 

Mercat Tours led us under ground, to a fairly recently discovered network of passages that were closed off for many years due to insanitary conditions and other problems. An interesting tour - recommended.
 
 
Some of the previous inhabitants remain where they expired. Huge rats scurried around looking for more food...
 
 
Our evening was spent at 21212, Paul Kitching's successor to 'Juniper', in Altrincham, still sadly missed. He and Katie have been in Edinburgh for over ten years now.
 
We savoured a superb meal. Original posting .
 
 
 
 
 
Day 4 - original posting .
 
A visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens proved most enjoyable. There were lots of interesting plants in the extensive glass houses.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autumn crocuses were doing well outside.
 
 
Sue posed under a pagoda just before it started to rain, and we headed off to the TGO Challengers' reunion in Newtonmore.
 

For a full 160 ish pictures, click on this  for a Dropbox album.
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