Port for Glasgow.
August 18, 2007
We were in our cabin, getting ready for
the day, when the faint strains of bagpipe music came to our
ears. Karen said, "Where is THAT coming from?" and opened
the balcony sliding glass door. The lovely sound got
louder. We rushed out onto the balcony (after putting on
coats and shoes because of the rain).
There at the
door to the cruise terminal stood a lone piper, welcoming us to
the port. Fantastic! Lots of passengers were hanging
over their balcony rails -- and up on deck 15 as well.
When the song ended, we all clapped. He played for quite
awhile. We felt very much welcomed.
Endless green fields, as seen from the bus...
Zooming through the countryside on the bus...
It was raining. Not just misty drizzle, but real
rain. Luckily, we both have excellent rain coats with hoods, so we
were good to go. It made Karen very homesick for Seattle!
Here are hardy kayakers on Lock Lomond.
Here we're on the pier in the village of Luss on Loch
Lomond. Karen is always intrigued by interesting signage. See blowup
of sign on the right.
The gardens were awfully pretty in Luss.
This is the beach.
I think this is a trampoline with a protective fence
around it. We see these a lot at home.
Lou always had plenty of rain proof jackets, but not a
one with a hood, so he would always get his head wet, while Karen stayed
completely dry in her yellow rain coat. So for Christmas, Karen got
Lou an excellent rain coat from Lands End, item 62850, Men's Regular
Packable GORE-TEX ® Jacket. What an awesome
raincoat. Now his head is dry.
We rushed through the village to get to the tea house and
have a cuppa and a giant scone. Yum.
We all carried a lot of rain onto the bus with us, and
the driver had the heater blasting, so it was like walking into a steam room
to get back on board the bus.
Can you tell that our sparse lawn in North Carolina
weighs heavy on our consciences? When we see a nice lawn, we are drawn
Our tour guide did not really want to stop at this scenic
overlook, as if the rain were any reason not to enjoy ever bit of the
I think that this is when the camera got VERY WET because
it was raining pretty hard and we had no umbrella to hold over it as Lou
took these pictures. Shortly after this, Mr. Camera refused to work
and just displayed an error message.
This is called the "Rest and Be Thankful"
stop because it comes after an arduous uphill journey,
and you rest here and be thankful that the hard part is over.
Are we lost?! You can see our bus driver seeking enlightenment by consulting the
Since Mr. Camera was on strike, you'll just have to
imagine the rest of our day!
We went to Inveraray Castle,
which is more a "lovely manor house" than a fortress. It was
very nice, especially the armory which contained a ton of weapons all hung
on the walls in a decorative manner.
We had a very nice lunch at the Inveraray
Hotel and then wandered a bit around Inveraray
in the rain. Lou joined Karen in a small souvenir
shop, and we bought a bunch of stuff. Gotta embrace our Scottish clan
identity, even though we don't know how a Scot ever snuck into the family
tree. Karen got a wool scarf with the "hunting tartan" that matches
On the way home, we took a ferry across Loch
Eck and that REALLY made Karen homesick for Seattle.
Again, most people stayed on the bus, but we jumped off to get a better view
and feel the wind and rain (and visit the bathroom and collect another
fascinating sample of toilet paper).
Excursion : Inveraray Castle & Loch Lomond
|Experience Scotland’s rugged mountains, its glens and its
lochs, on a full-day tour that
includes a visit to Loch Lomond and a romantic castle in the highlands.
WHAT YOU VISIT
Inveraray Castle - One of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival and Scots
architecture, the castle, which dates from 1770, is the seat of the Dukes of
Argyll, head of
the Campbell clan. The highlights of your tour include the collection of
tapestries, and the Armory Hall, which alone contains 1,300 pieces of art,
appointed rooms boasting an exquisite collection of French 18th-century
English china, family artifacts and objects d’art.
Luss - This pretty village sits on the west shore of Loch Lomond. In Gaelic,
plant or herb; the village in spring and summer is a riot of color from
wildflowers. Stroll the village and view the stone cottages, or walk out
onto the pier for a
closer look at Loch Lomond. The loch’s "bonny banks" are famed in song and
Rest and Be Thankful - Pause at this great viewpoint overlooking the
highland glens and
Browse the small stores of Inveraray after your visit to Inveraray Castle,
or shop for
souvenirs at Luss.
Stop for lunch at a country hotel in or around Inveraray.
WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Cross Erskine Bridge with distant views of Glasgow as you travel to Loch
loch’s wide, southern end is dotted with small islands, and its northern end
resemble a fjord. From Loch Lomond, you will drive through Glen Croe and
Kinglas. The road twists and turns through the highlands, offering both
glen views. Descend to Loch Fyne and Inveraray. Return to the ship,
Loch Eck and Holy Loch to Hunters Quay, where you take a ferry across the
and then drive to Greenock.
The drive to Luss takes approximately one hour. The scenic return route is
approximately two hours.
The tour may be reversed.