Kippen, Glasgow and onto Dublin

Trip Start May 30, 2008
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Trip End Nov 02, 2008


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Jill and Allans place

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Have had the best time at Jill and Alan's place. Went to a driving range with Rory and Alan and hit a golf ball for the first time in my entire life (wasn't too bad at it, after a few goes), then we met Jill at the local museum. Have been eating delicious family dinners and desserts (mmm, treacle tart and merange), doing some hard core relaxing and reading (everyone must read Shantaram, it's fantastic), and occasionally going for walks in the freezing cold summer weather.

Jill and I are also now experts on Scotch whisky. Alan gave us taste tests of the different single malts (note, the whisky only comes from one brewery and therefore is generally tastier and more expensive) and blends (made from many different whiskys from different distilleries - awful awful stuff). The next day we did a tour of the Glengoyne whisky distillery down the road. The tour was run by the son of the master brewer - Callum - who was a cheeky 19yr old Scot who knew his whisky. Ended with a tasting in the shop, and I've discovered I have quite a taste for 21 yr old single malt.

We also did a lovely walk around Rob Roy (a local Scottish hero)'s grave, and looked over the beautiful loch and surrounding mountains. Saw a few highland ponies and then went on to eat the best scones I've ever had in my life (fresh from the oven, homemade jam and cream, yum!). Went out to dinner that night and tried the local langustines (sort of a cross between prawns and lobsters), then got Rory to dress up in his kilt for me and perform some highland dancing.

Had to say goodbye the next morning, which was sad as I'd had such a great time with the family. Onto Glasgow, which was a bit meh. Did the tourist bus thing because I was lazy, but it was a bit of a mistake. Can you really call a construction site, a new block of apartments or a shopping centre a point of interest? Apparently so, because they all featured as important Glaswegian hotspots on this tour.

Had a much better time wandering around the GOMA, the gallery of modern art and then drinking the biggest coffee I've ever had in my life. Made sure I was at the Prestwick airport with plenty of time to jump aboard my first RyanAir flight (costing me a grand total of 1 penny) which left without any hassles.

Arrived in Dublin, caught the bus to the city to meet Bec and was immediately
taken to the pub and guinnessed up. 7 pints and many chats with her
crew later, we made it home to her place, where I have taken up
residency on her couch.


Am sitting in a cafe absolutely soaked to the skin as the rain is chucking it down outside. But really, it's the first proper rain I've experienced since I've been in the UK, so I'm not complaining (yet). Bec's having a dinner party tonight to introduce me to her social circle - have discovered that entertaining at home is a big thing here because everything's so insanely expensive! Coming from London and Edinburgh I thought I'd be alright, but no. I paid 5 euro for a ham, cheese and tomato toastie last night when I was starving  - ten bucks for a dodgy sandwich!

Now off to do some research for our road trip to Galway on the weekend.
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