Friday, June 16, 2023

2023 England and Scotland - Day #24 - To Stirling

Sleeping fairly late, we had breakfast the hotel (three egg omelets). Although Sharon liked the bed, the shower and the quiet, this is my least favorite hotel on the trip so far.

Packing up the room and loading the car, we headed back to St. Andrews. The road that I had used the previous night was closed so I had to take a longer route back to the city.

Sharon had booked a walking tour. We spent about an hour and a half exploring the city. The stops included the R&A Old Course, the castle, the Catholic Cathedral destroyed during the reformation, the Black Friars Chapel also destroyed during the reformation and the West Port city gate.

After the tour, Sharon and I shopped in the pro shop at the R&A Old Course. The city was very busy. It turns out that it was graduation weekend for the university. Sharon noted that this was probably why they had a hard time finding a hotel.

We had a quick lunch at the One Under Bar in the Rusacks Hotel. Sharon and I both had a One Uder Cobb Salad.

After lunch, we headed towards Stirling. We made a stop at the Kelpies. Part of the program at the Loch Ness Centre talked about mythical Scottish creatures, including the Kelpies. A water kelpie is a shape-shifting spirit inhabiting lochs in Scottish folklore. It is usually described as a black horse-like creature able to adopt human form.

We made a second stop at the Falkirk Wheel. The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland. It connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

We finally got to Stirling about 5:30 pm. At some point, I need to write more about driving over the last week. It has been an adventure.

We are staying two nights at the Victoria Square. This is a very nice hotel. We have a large room overlooking the park in the front.

We finished the day with dinner at the hotel. The food was very good. It could end up as the best meal of the trip. I had a fantastic scallop starter, while Sharon had a beet salad. Tom, Sharon and I all had lamb.

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