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Oct 6, 2018 - Aberdeen

Mostly, I'm making this entry so that the route shows up accurately on the map. We made our way to Aberdeen, which was really just a laundry pitstop before heading west. We had dinner and monitored the washer/dryer. OMG...laundry took until 4:00am. Thank goodness Patrick found drying racks in the closets of the Air B&B so that damp things could dry overnight. Will be looking for a laundrymat the next time. Onward...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - Day 28 - a month gone already

We left Inverness this morning and went just up the road to the Culloden Battlefield. Learnt a bit more about the history of Scotland which is very complex. We then made our way over to Aberdeen via The Whiskey Trail - Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Chivas etc distilleries but we didn’t stop - my driver is very conscious about drinking and driving. We arrived in Aberdeen late this afternoon and had a stroll around the shops.

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The PJs On Tour

Aug 24, 2016 - Aberdeen 2 and 1/3

This is a small update to finish my time in Aberdeen, which is why I entitled it Aberdeen 2 and 1/3. As I left Aberdeen this morning, I stopped at the Gordon Highlanders Museum. If you have any kind of interest in military history, this is worth the time to see, but it is not too easy to find. For those so inclined, it is off of route B9119, which is still in Aberdeen. The Highlanders were founded by a guy named...wait for it...Gordon, and I have no idea if he was related to the Gordon's Gin people. The unit fought in beaucoup battles,...

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Aug 23, 2016 - Aberdeen 2

Today was a "glass half full" kind of day. That means I only managed to do 1/2 of my initial plan, but I still enjoyed seeing and learning at each of the two locations, both castles - well sort of castles. Neither is a ruin. So, don't immediately tune out. Drum Castle is a combination 13th century square tower (or keep) and a Jacobean mansion house. In fact, the castle part is the smallest part of the whole edifice. The castle and property were given to the Irving family by King Robert the Bruce in 1323, and remained in their family until...

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Aug 22, 2016 - Aberdeen 1

Arrived at the hotel in Aberdeen sans any stall outs with the car. Oh, I recommend if you are going to do any appreciable amount of driving in Scotland or England, get a diesel vehicle. Apparently their fuel usage is better than a gasoline one. It's fun driving on the left, but I still have to keep attuned to what I am doing versus almost intuitive driving. The first picture came from my Houston friend, Dianne. Comparatively, I am a much better stick shifter since I have six and she only has one!! Oh, for anyone visiting Scotland, I...

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Oct 13, 2015 - Bonny Scotland

Leaving France and Brussels In a previous blog we reported our trip into France commenced with strong winds and torrential rain when we drove along the Cote D’Azur. The so called golden coast was anything but golden and in the rain and flood on the coast that day the death toll is now 20 people. According to the media Cannes received 6.7 inches of rain in two hours. We felt like we drove through that. That is a lot of rain but not unusual for say Northern Australia or the West coast of the NZ South Island. The terrain around the Cote D’Azur...

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Averill and James

May 14, 2015 - A wee bit o' work in Aberdeen

After a wonderful few days in Edinburgh, we picked up a car and headed to Aberdeen. It's been awhile since I've driven on the left (wrong?!) side of the road - especially with a manual transmission. Can't tell you how many times my right hand has hit the window trying to reach for the stick shift! With Karen (at my request) constantly reminding me to "stay left", we made it out of Edinburgh - although we did get to see a few sites multiple, unplanned times, before finally figuring out the correct route! Our first stop was Stirling Castle....

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Aug 22, 2013 - Edinburgh to Aberdeen

Our holiday journal starts again. I was the driver today and let me tell you they all talk about me falling a sleep in a car well I had the 3 of them a sleep , the only trouble being I had no idea where I was going , so I fixed that with a gentle swerve of the car and low and behold we were back on track again. Our venture included a coastal trip from St Andrews to Aberdeen(yabba dabba deen) The weather was very foggy so the view on the great golf course was limited , but none the less a great moment. We lunched at Montrose in a cafe called...

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Borg-Malone Journey

May 8, 2012 - Scotland - Trip to Aberdeen

29th April 2012 (Bed No 26) After breakfast we struck up a conversation with the Scottish receptionist (Mimi), who just happened to be the owner of the hotel and also just happened to be married to an Australian from Melbourne. Before you knew it, we were in deep conversation with her husband Doug. Fifteen minutes later we finally got away. A visit to the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition revealed the legends, historical and natural wonders of the famous lake. I am now convinced that “Nessie” the Loch Ness Monster never existed, but I still...

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Aug 18, 2011 - UK leg completed

From Hull I went via Beverley to Scarborough, a simple enough ride but once again very wet. It's a pleasant resort bisected by a valley. I had some fish and chips before adjourning to The Valley bar, a pub long featured on my website but never before visited. I finished with a long walk over to the cricket ground, home of occasional One Day Internationals, to visit the North Riding Hotel, a renowned real ale bar. Next day I rode to Staithes via Whitby. This day the weather was really bad. The route went along an old railway route, called...

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Reboot Tour 2011

Jul 7, 2011 - Aberdeen

Facebook album - if you are not a Facebook user you can still view the album of photos by clicking/copy pasting on this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150957880725707.759633.746395706&type=1&l=a5443fb827 Thursday – at least it has stopped raining. The racket from the pubs died off around 4am, just before the street cleaners got to work. The WiFi is still off the air, so Tony calls the YHA in Aberdeen. They cannot take a booking over the phone, but they say there will be no problem getting a room. It takes us about 10-15...

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May 26, 2010 - Farming and fishing on the east coast

Farming and fishing: just about sums up this entire coast from Fraserburgh down to Dundee. The landscape is not imposing or majestic, but it's green, fertile and quietly lovely. The fishing towns you go through perhaps have seen better days, but now and again you find a gem and catch a glimpse of the role these places have played in our history. There are also loads of fighter planes. Nowhere else in Scotland have we experienced so many fly-bys. Perhaps they heard we were coming. Heading towards Aberdeen was a culture shock as we hit dual...

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