Trip Start May 27, 2008
Trip End Aug 20, 2008

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

We are sitting in a nice pub in Inverness, having a pint and using their wifi.
Lets see, where the heck are we! Oh yes, we are in Inverness.
We left the Isle of Skye on Saturday morning and drove to Inverness. It took us a while to find our house because we loaned TomTom to Mike and Anne for their Edinburgh trip. That was a mistake. After driving around, we realized that we came in from a different direction than we thought. We didn't do anything that afternon, but wait for Mike and Anne to arrive.
On Sunday, Stacy and I went into the city centre and toured around while Mike and Anne did laundry.
On Monday, we drove down to Urquhart Castle and toured it. We then went back to town and caught a boat for an hour tour of Loch Ness. We saw Nessie(see pic!). We then went out to a nice Italian resturant for dinner. After that we went to the Inverness tattoo. That was a full day. On Tuesday morning we boarded a bus for John O' Groats and caught a ferry to the Orkney Islands. It was a 2 1/2 hour bus ride and a 45 minute ferry ride. We then boarded another bus to tour the island. The highlight of the tour was Scara Brae, a viking village uncovered during a storm in the late 1800's. It is 5000 years old. It is really neat. The bottom half of the houses are intact, and they have beds, cupboards, shelves and furniture all made of stone. Kind of reminds me of the Flintstones, without the cars! We also went to a stone circle that was 3000 years old, kind of a smaller Stonehenge. The trip back was a little more interesting, in that there were 5 foot swells and the boat was rocking quite a bit. Needless to say, I spent the trip out on the deck trying not to get sick.
On Wednesday we split up and Stacy and I went to Fort George. It was built in the 1750's and is huge. It covered 42 football fields. We met Mike and Anne later and made spaghetti dinner.
On Thursday we went to the Culloden battlefield, Clava cairns and Cawdor Castle. The battlefield is where Bonnie Prince Charles and the Jacobite army were defeated by the British army. The Cawdor Castle and gardens were really nice.
On Friday morning, Mike and Anne left for Glasgow and again we were left to ourselves. We had a great time with them. It was very nice to have someone that we know to share Scotland with. We did some laundry, went shopping for food and took naps.
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mcgillhanson on

Back from Guatemala
hi Bob,
Glenn, Erika and I just got back from a 9 day mission trip to Guatemala. Wow, you've got some great pictures of Scotland. Sounds like you're having a good time. Lots, and lots of castles. Isle of Skye looks beautiful. Gee, you're going to be coming back soon. Enjoy your last few weeks.

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