Craig and Marilyn (Page 2)

 

To Continue this Saga.  On the Saturday we headed for the Castlegate Market

INFO for tour guides: First check there is a market that day! ha ha it all worked out though as we drove down King Street to show them where my dad was born….we arrive at the University of Aberdeen (1495) it was a show day for possible students.

Scotland's National Animal The UNICORN stands proudly at Aberdeen University
Scotland’s National Animal The UNICORN stands proudly at Aberdeen University.

 

 

 

 

The Mascot for Aberdeen University ANGUS the Bull. With Marilyn ( not the Mascot for UVic)
The Mascot for Aberdeen University ANGUS the Bull. With Marilyn ( not the Mascot for UVic). Sasha remembers being a Therapet at this fine University. The program Paws for Stress was first initiated at Aberdeen University.     

University-of-Aberdeen-Logo

Then it was off to Balmoral Castle.  Although the Queen was not at home for tea  Craig and Marilyn enjoyed the immaculate grounds. We met a young man from Vancouver, Stuart. His summer  job is at Balmoral acting as a tour guide, and added a splash of his colourful Canuck Accent. So nice to see a young Canadian  at the Castle.

NOt a Horse Drawn cart for tourists but a trailer pulled by a British Stalwart....A Land Rover
Not a Horse Drawn cart for tourists but a trailer pulled by a British Stalwart….A Land Rover
Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Castle

What to do after a magnificent Castle? Why naturally a Royal Whisky Distillery. No photos were allowed inside the distillery except for the tasting rooms.

Scots wa hae...SLANGE is Marilyn about to BRUISE The whisky???
Scots wa hae…SLANGE is Marilyn about to BRUISE The whisky???

Our HOST for the Tour was Eric a  man from Mauritius. Who was a fountain of Information with regard to Distilleries.

 Slange Eric
Slange Eric

On the Sunday it was Up Early head out just after 9am. Return just before 11pm. 262 Highland Miles. What a lovely day Superb Scenery and a trip to Culloden.

WHat a Fierce Battle took Place that Fateful Day
WHat a Fierce Battle took Place that Fateful Day
WHat a Fierce Battle took Place that Fateful Day
WHat a Fierce Battle took Place that Fateful Day
 Walk the Battlefields
Walk the Battlefields
Clan Gravestones are everywhere.
Clan Gravestones and Markers  are everywhere.

After Culloden we decided to surprise Marilyn a Hard Core Fan of Outlander:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsHb_6zTQwo

2 miles from Culloden are the 5000 year old Clava Cairns.

Not sure if they were here on that Sunday?
Not sure if they were here on that Sunday?

But Marilyn certainly was:

 CLAVA CAIRNS
CLAVA CAIRNS
Which stone was singing????
Which stone was singing????
Right in the Middle
Right in the Middle

After we left the ancient stone circles we headed NE to the coastal route to Fraserburgh for our Supper.

The Famous Wine Tower where theLaird Fraser  locked up his daughter because she wished to marry a fisherman..She died when she jumped from the window onto the rocks below.

The Famous Wine Tower where theLaird Fraser locked up his daughter because she wished to marry a fisherman..She died when she jumped from the window onto the rocks below. See the Red Paint which marks the spot she landed.

At long last Supper, Guess what Marilyn Had? Both Craig and I had a standard Pub Meal. Marilyn had ………………

Haggis, Neeps n Tatties with a Pint of Devils Brew the Maxwell Clan is starting to show through.
Haggis, Neeps n Tatties with a Pint of Devils Brew the Maxwell Clan is starting to show through.

I drove Craig and Marilyn to Aberdeen train Station to continue their Journey  via Edinburgh, then the Borders. To Be Continued…

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Welcome to Bonnie Scotland Craig and Marilyn (page 1)

What to offer my guests for their FIRST meal in Scotland? Haggis n Neeps, Cullen Skink hmmmm decisions decisions.

What better than a Haggis n Mealie Pudding accompanied by Ostrich Steaks.
What better than a Haggis n Mealie Pudding accompanied by Ostrich Steaks.

Both Craig and Marilyn emptied their plates before I told them, what we had for supper. VERDICT Ostrich is Tender.

Now the tour guiding begins for Sasha and I. C&M visited Crathes Castle

http://www.nts.org.uk/hire-a-venue/crathes-castle/

Catching up on their Jet Lag coutesy of West Jet. Next day feeling refreshed and full of Vim and Vinegar it was off to my Favourite Ruin Dunnottar Castle. The steps  number 266 down and the same on return no place for a weary traveller.

A great view but deceiving?
A great view but deceiving?

The following pics need no words, down then up, then down, then back up again.

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Is Craig Counting the Steps??

 

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Part way down Great View
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Starting up the other side
Marilyn and Craig dots at the Bottom
Marilyn and Craig dots at the Bottom.
Returning duo
Returning duo having a breather.

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A great  visit but a weary one….http://www.dunnottarcastle.co.uk/location.cfm

Continued later……………………………..

LATER:  Both Craig and Marilyn thoroughly enjoyed their first ever bowl of Cullen Skink  no not SkUnk Skink. A hearty delicious Smoked fish Chowder with tatties n ingins.

Where to next? well Craig the Golfer wanted to see The Donald’s Golf course in Aberdeen so off we went.

The Donald's Sign Post
The Donald’s Sign Post
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Whatever do you mean? Prices are not that bad a round of Golf in any weather will cost you only £ 215.. my car did not cost me that much?

FYI. The menu in the restaurant  £ 13.00 for macaroni and cheese ( I wonder if they use:

Canada's Favourite
Canada’s Favourite or at least mine.

It was really wonderful to play tour guide with these guys and believe it or not I saw many places I had never been to before. I will now attempt another page or you will be scrolling to China. see Page 2