Archive for May, 2021

Dunbar, Scotland

it’s on the east coast and the mighty North Sea is right there. i visited the town on Monday, May 17th but i just had to go back for another look yesterday, Saturday, May 22nd.

last Monday was glorious but on Saturday the wind was up and these enormous waves were crashing in! now i’m from Manitoulin Island and we have the great Lake Huron rolling up on our shores but it’s nothing like the North Sea!

these pictures don’t capture the size of the scene or the sound that goes with it. those 2 waves rolling in must be 10 feet high!

Joe was there and wanted me to snap a photo of him with the wilds going on behind him and one of those big ones came rolling in, hit the rocks and the water flew up in the air about 50 feet! the water came crashing down on Joe and nearly swept him out to sea! (i shot a video of it and i hope he shares it!)

of course i got a laugh out of that but it was about an hour later when i got a little too close to the edge and BOOM! soaked!

ah yes, the town of Dunbar and the North Sea, awesome place to spend a Saturday afternoon! back home on Manitoulin Island it was around 33 C on this day, over here in Dunbar it was maybe 13 C!

i’m not sure how high that sea wall is, 50 feet? but you can see the water that slammed up against it is splashing up over the wall. wowza! what a show. and well worth the trip back to Dunbar. after Joe got himself soaked he started out for town for a look around. i’d already done the look around on Monday so i stayed out there on the rocks with the wind and the waves! i don’t get to see a show like that out where the lighthouse used to be at Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island!

i did shoot a half hour’s worth of videos but the internet here is slow! i’ll wait until i get back home to load the video and hopefully you’ll see just how wild and crazy this awesome show really was!

i wonder what it must be like out there when it’s really storming!

Tourist Action: Scotland (2)

we’re 29 days on the road! 11 of which were spent in that dreaded quarantine but we’ll forget about that and instead remember the beauty scenes in every direction over here!

in Dunfermline on Saturday, May 15th: there is some major old time history in this town! you’ll have to boot up the town name for all the details as there are many!

the Stirling Bridge on May 16th. this 15th century beauty is just down stream from where the wooden bridge used to be.

the skies over Stirling always seem to be filled with such drama! this is the view looking north, from the foot bridge that goes over the tracks at the Stirling train station. the hotel we’re staying at is to the right of the frame.

the east coast at the town of Dunbar, on May 17th. that’s the North Sea out there! it moves quite differently than say the water rolling in at Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island! huge amounts of power down there! spooky to this anishnabe! those cliffs are filled with sea bird nests and so you can imagine what music they make. and that fresh ocean air is quite different. yes. this place needs to be seen again. Dunbar is just past Edinburgh and a measly 17 local bucks to get there from Stirling. one of the locals said they call the place: Sunny Dunny, for the micro climate they have there, and yes it was a beautiful day. and warm for a change! no need for 2 hoodies!

Church of Scotland, town of Dunbar, lawn bowling club out front, North Sea out back.

Church of Scotland, looking north. to the right and about a 15 minute walk north is that wild and rugged coast line. i had to stop at the cemetery and see a few names, didn’t find the two i was looking for!

the Volunteer Arms, an awesome club just up from the harbour and those wild cliffs. and so this artist and artsy friend of mine used a word in a recent email: tipple. i’d not heard the word spoken until i came upon this patio with a few of the very friendly locals up there enjoying an afternoon splash. they saw me approaching, my CANADA hoodie advertising, and one of them shouted down: it be time for a tipple lad? we got to chatting over a Tennent’s er two and i soon learned they had relatives in Grande Prairie. they asked how long would it take to drive from my home to Grande Prairie and I said about week, if you pulled over for the night. that one caused a gasp from everyone about the place. i told them you might as well go all the way to Alaska if you’re up that far. (we’ve driven it a couple of times!)

the Scottish country side flashing past the windows on the way from Dunbar back to Edinburgh on the afternoon of May 17th. lovely scenes out that way and i’ll be sure to go back before we leave for home.

railroad bridge over the river Carron, town of Larbert, May 18th. i’ve been rolling across that bridge going to and from, saw that trail as we rolled past and got to thinking: i’d like to see that up close. it was a pretty dreamy little scene! bird song in every direction!

Larbert Old Church, that’s what they call the place. some of those stones had dates on them going back to 1790! still looking for those 2 names!

back in Stirling, on the walk way over the rail yard, those skies of Stirling! always filled with wild and dramatic clouds!

more to come but i think the boss wants us to report in tomorrow, so our tourist days might be behind us for a little while.

Tourist Action: Scotland

i was hoping to document all of the wonderful scenes along the way, as they happened, but here we are more than a week into freedom and already, 25 days on the road!

since May 5th it all starts right here: Stirling Train Station. our hotel is just to the left of the frame and that walk way is how we get to town, about a 15 minute walk.

the Crow Tavern! ha! not sure where this is but i’m riding the rails on my way to the town of Ayr, saw that and thought hey! i should stop in there for an afternoon splash.

swanky crib in the town of Ayr. i’m on my way from the train station to the beach! sunny and beautiful but gosh darn cool out there! i’m wearing two hoodies and a toque!

there she is: the beach at the town of Ayr, and out there, the Firth of Clyde. just 20 bucks local to ride that train from the town of Stirling to Ayr, round trip, and taking about an hour one way with a stop in Glasgow to switch trains.

it was Pitlochry on Thursday, town of Ayr on Friday. great way to spend an afternoon!

town of Lenzie on Monday. saw this out the window on the way back from Ayr and thought yes, i have to get a closer look. just 14 bucks local cash for the there and back from Stirling. not a pub anywhere to be found!

Garngaber Ave, town of Lenzie, looking west. wowza! there are some mighty fine and OLD properties along this stretch of road. check out my youtube channel for a little movie of this place. super swanky cribs on either side of the road and lush!

Scottish country side blazing past the windows, i’m on my way back to Stirling.

oh my goodness lad stay just one hour when you visit the pub and chat up the locals! holy smokes… the No. 2 Baker Street pub is in Stirling, on the way from the train station to the hotel and i thought i would pull over and have an afternoon splash but once those old timers get onto you, they want to hear about it. and they want to hear that wild accent of mine! (me with an accent, ha!) and they like to buy you a drink. oh boy…

the dreamy and big skies of Scotland as seen from the Beefeater diner and bar, in Stirling. the way it is these days is you can go in for a meal but you can’t have a drink with it. if you want a splash you have to sit outside on the patio which at times, can be mighty cool! on this evening though it wasn’t bad. things are supposed to turn around on Monday, we can go into the pub for a splash instead of doing that patio thing.

back in Glasgow on Thursday, George Square. the covid cops are everywhere in this town! rode in for just 8 bucks local cash, return. thought i would enjoy some lunch but you need the mod technology for the trace to gain entry to the diners and pubs and… this old boy doesn’t have the know how with the mod tech so no lunch in Glasgow for this boy!

that kooky scene outside the Gallery of Modern Art, on Queen Street. the Duke of Wellington just can’t seem to get rid of that hat! it was on there in June 2018 and here we are again, May 2021, the dude is still sporting it!

went in for a snoop and saw a 1969 Andy Warhol soup can print! awesome!

the mega crib just outside the Waverley train station, town of Edinburgh, Friday afternoon. i just had to go back and see the Royal Mile and the castle up on the hill. the Royal Mile was a ghost town on Friday at 2 p.m. myself and a few other tourists and that’s it! they’re way more relaxed in Edinburgh compared to Glasgow when it comes to the covid cops, and for the tourist, that’s a good thing! we’re here to enjoy.

i have some fun videos of these trips and i’ll post them to my youtube channel as soon as we have better internet! took about 3 hours to upload that Pitlochry video…

more travel scenes to come! it is Saturday, day is just starting, so we’ll see what fun there is to be had.

Thursday in Pitlochry

the boss cut us some slack so i hit the rails on Thursday and went straight back to the town of Pitlochry! that was our rallying point back in 018 and i sure spent a few hours over at the Coach House playing the waiting game. also spent a few loverly afternoons at the McKay, enjoying their dining.

when we were up there in 018 i took a lot of photos but no movies! not sure what my problem was around that but anyway on Thursday i had the cameras rolling.

i also thought, when rolling out of that town in 018, i’d never see it again!

hey it was COLD up there! no b/s. i had my spring wear and man you needed your winter gear! i walked up and down the streets a few times and caught a chill. in a normal world i’d just pull into one of the little shops and warm up with something but in these times, if you want a splash, you can’t have one in the club! you have to stay on the patio! what is the world coming to? needless to say standing around in the freezing winds with a splash never made any sense to me so it was a short visit to the town of. i did have lunch at the McKay and i’ll say this: the haggis was tasting mighty gamey! the neeps and tatties were awesome but the haggis needed to be followed by something off the red wine list!

2 hours of sightseeing was all i could manage in those frosty climes so it was back on the train and rolling south. up there in Pitlochry there are some mighty high cliff faces, big trees, and big green but just south of there it turns into rolling farmlands, low hills and a lot of sheep! saw some deer, pheasants, swans (one of them was on the nest!) and a bunch of other smaller birds we don’t have in Canada. beauty scenes in all directions, a brand new landscape for this boy. i tried to film the scenes flashing past the windows but the camera kept focusing in on the window itself and not the scenes beyond! darn!

so here is a short vid i made of that fun and frosty adventure!

Wednesday in Stirling

they cut us loose and let us out on Wednesday morning and oh my goodnezz… walking out of there and into sweet freedom was a brand new experience! lovely bus ride from the Glasgow Airport Hotel to the town of Stirling, sunny and beautiful.

looking south across Forthside Way

three types of weather in one afternoon! we had a blaze of sunshine, lovely, an awesome show of clouds rolled in from the west, next thing we knew it was snowing, or hail… and then pounding down rain! all in the space of about 2 hours.

scenes along Barnton Street, Stirling

i love seeing the architecture! and of course chatting it up with the locals (of all ages!)

at the corner of Murray Pl and King Street

so where is everybody? the empty streets of Stirling! wow. this virus scare is everywhere!

and so that evening after a three hour walk about we returned to the hotel patio and settled in for a nightcap. next to us were two lovely Scottish gals, 18 and 21, blond and full of spirit. we got to chatting with them and yes, it was not easy to follow what they were saying and so the younger one said to the older, stop speaking that, you have to speak english or they won’t understand us! what was that language they were speaking? the Gaelic of Scottish?

it was lovely sounding and they were lovely! silly me, how come i didn’t get some pictures? and i’ve said this before, these gals up here are TOUGH! it was a balmy 2 C yesterday and i saw them out there with their mini skirts, fishnets and clodhoppers, cruising past where i was sitting: No. 2 Baker Street.

now we are well aware of the history around this town! at some point we’re going to take a walk over that famous bridge and take a good look around.

here is a short video of those awesome clouds! (and just 2 short hours into FREEDOM!)