Great Time in the UK -- but Good to Be Home!

(posted 5/30/2004) - Jon and Pat have returned from a 10-day vacation in the UK. They visited London, Edinburgh, Stirling, Inverness, and toured the high-lands around Glencoe.

It was a great vacation. We flew into Heathrow, took the tube to our hotel and that evening enjoyed the opening performance of Romeo and Juliet at the famed Globe Theatre in old London.

Next day it was off on the 'Flying Scotsman' bullet train to Edinburgh (about 400 miles). We cabbed from the Waverly Station to our hotel, the Ben Doran. After two days enjoying the restaurants and sites of Edinburgh, we rented a Nissan 'Micra' 1.4L and motored up to the high-lands west of Inverness. We stayed for 4 nights at 'The Clansman' hotel which is in the middle of Loch Ness. In the evenings we sat on our balcony and watched the wind-driven waters for signs of 'Nessy.'

We drove all around the Loch (circumnavigating at about 60 miles). The days were long and lovely; sun up is around 3:30AM, sun-down after 10PM in late May. We ate ice-cream in the highlands, at a little place that provided Internet Access to customers while they ate local hand-made confections that are heavenly. The owner complained of the new Wind Farm that his neighbor was installing; we commiserated -- it is too lovely to put up those big 'fans' in the hills and valleys!

Petrol was 83P / Liter ($5+ dollars / gallon), but our little Nissan was a gas miser, so we ended up driving over 500 miles and saw lots of cool sites.

We finally drove back to Edinburgh, taking a beautiful tour through the highlands of Glencoe, to return to the Ben Doran, where we stayed our last 3 days. We took in lots more of the city's sites, ate at one of the premier restaurants there, the Tower, and took a fantastic day tour to CraigMiller Castle, and to Roslyn Chapel.

We've put up 100 pictures which are ordered chronologically, across our stay. Though we've not yet created descriptions and titles for any of the snaps, we will eventually create a '25' shot grouping and put it in our family gallery.

To view the photos we've put online, just click on the External site Link for Family Photos on our website, and then click on the Wallaces in UK 2004 link.

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