Monday, July 17, 2017

St. Andrews, Scotland - July 12

St. Andrews... the day Michael was looking forward to all trip!

First up a stop at the famous bridge on the "Old Course":

We had a bit of time before our tee time to look around St.Andrews. We went to St. Andrews Castle and then St. Andrews Cathedral:

We really could not have asked for a better day! It was absolutely perfect golfing weather! The sun came out just for us :)

We golfed the Eden Course:

Until next time, Scotland!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Edinburgh & Loch Ness - July 9, 10 & 11

We arrived in Edinburgh late in the day on July 9. We had just enough time to walk around and explore a little before it got dark.

The next day we woke up bright and early because we had a long day of driving ahead of us!
First stop, the Kelpies. Just outside of Edinburgh are 2 giant horse heads made of metal. They were huge! It was rainy and windy, so we didn't stay long.

Next up, Stirling Castle, about an hour out of Edinburgh. 

I really wanted to see cows with bangs and this was the only place that we saw them!

4 hours later, after lots of different kinds of scenery and a variety of weather we arrived at Loch Ness.
We drove half way around the lake, went to a Nessie museum and looked at Urquhart castle. It was a very beautiful area!

On our last day in Edinburgh we did a lot of walking! 
We were staying right across from Edinburgh Castle and could see it when we looked out our hotel room window:

The view from the top of Edinburgh Castle, looking down toward our hotel:

Edinburgh Castle:

After we finished going through Edinburgh Castle, we ran down the Royal Mile to make our tea time at the Holyrood Palace Tea Room. We underestimated how long it would take us to get there, so there was some running involved.

We made it! Tired, hungry and ready for tea!

After tea, back up the Royal Mile to the Scotch Whisky Experience:

We did a tour of the Scotch Whisky facility, it was interesting and very informative. 

Michael tasting the different kinds of scotch: 

We walked up and down several streets and went to a bunch of parks.
Looking down across Edinburgh from Calton Hill.

Looking up at the other side of Edinburgh Castle from a park.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dark Hedges, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge & Giant's Causeway - July 8

We woke up in Belfast to a beautiful, sunny day! We were so happy to see the sun!

Our first stop was the dark hedges, a couple hours north of Belfast. A scene in Game of Thrones was filmed here, so it's a popular spot. It was a really beautiful!

Next we drove to the north most part of the island. Northern Ireland is so pretty!

There was a rope bridge - Carrick-a-rede - that went to a tiny island that we crossed. It was a bit scary for me to cross, but the boys had no problem!

Just down the road from the rope bridge was the Giant's Causeway. It was amazing! It's an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns from a volcanic eruption. It was pretty unbelievable!

More scenery on our drive:

One last stop before we went back to Belfast. We stopped at the Bushmills Distillery and went on a tour of their whiskey making facilities. It was actually very interesting and informative!