Day 25 – Edinburgh

She had a morning of sightseeing – Edinburgh Castle, along the King’s Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Palace.  She shopped in the afternoon with the DeLongs.  She walked back along George’s Street.  After dinner she played bridge with Lois, Lib, and Mr. Lewis, with the Dr. and Mr.Thomas looking on.  She drank beer.  She gambled with the Beatons.  She had a whiskey so she felt very happy.

KNOX-John1John Knox – Leader of the Scottish Reformation

 

Day 24 – Monday – July 2 – Loch Awe – Stirling – Edinburgh

On the road again.  From Loch Awe they went to Lochearnhead, stopped and walked around.  Libby took photos of Scottish bicyclists wearing kilts.  Drove through Woodsey hilly country.  like the Trossachs.  Saw the edge of Rob Roy country.  Came down to flatter country.  Stopped at Strathyre Hotel for fair lunch.

At Stirling they walked around the castle which had become a barracks.  Pretty little gardens.  Saw the room where Douglas was stabbed, the William Wallace Monument.  Had a good tea at the Golden Lion – sandwiches, scones, cookies, cakes.  Saw Allyn  from the east.  Stopped at the Fprth Bridge – magnificent span.

Arrived Edinburgh.  Walked down Prince’s Street, attractive things in the windows , people good-looking and well dressed.  Sight-seeing King Arthur’s seat. Holyrood, the Castle.  Strolled back to the hotel.  Played bridge and ate candy.

Old Photograph Station Hotel Strathyre Scotland

Old Station Hotel. Strathyre

 

Stirling Castle    Stirling Castle

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Forth Bridge

 

Day 23 – Loch Awe – Ford – Oban – Loch Feochan – Loch Awe

loch awe hotel  Loch Awe Hotel

loch awe  Loch Awe

Off in the bus again foran editing ride.  They stopped at Ford for lunch.  Weather very pleasant.  She felt lazy.  They had a rather different lunch with fluffy rice pudding with jellying Gorgonzola cheese.

Change of tempo stopping in Oban.  It was more alive after the serenity of the lochs in the Highlands.  People strolling about, sailors.  She had good fruit cake at a nice hotel for tea.

Visited Castle Dunuffinage  ??

Viewed sheep moving along a narrow path high above the black River Awe.

St. Conan’s  Church   LOCHAWE CHURCH

Church of the Campbells – she notes that Mrs. McIntyre who showed them around was darling.  (I can just hear my mother saying this)

She and Lib and Mrs. Duncan walked home – 1/4 mile.  (Home being the Loch Awe Hotel) She saw a double rainbow on the walk home.

Dinner consisted of Scotch broth, fish, haggis, duckling, ice cream.

She went for a walk later and saw motorcycles, bicycles, walkers.  The clouds were like pink lihjys in the sky at 10 o’clock.

 

 

Day 22 – Glasgow and Lochs

(The days were full as they covered a lot of ground)

They headed north from Glasgow up into the Highlands.

 

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From Glasgow they went north to “Beautiful” Loch Lomond.  They were traveling through wide, narrowing, steep hills – which she likens to the Lake Winnepasake area of New Hampshire.  A stop for lunch and then more riding on the narrow twisting roads. Finally reached Loch Awe at 5 p.m.

She and Lib got the props and rehearsed for a play they were going to present at 9 o’clock.  The play was called appropriately “Mary of Argyle”.  The performance – they couldn’t remember their lines and they laughed too much = (so hard they couldn’t speak!)  Afterward they played charades and other games.  They couldn’t go for a  walk later because the hotel had to be locked.