Scotland Recap – Part five

I’m pretty sure this will be the last part of the massive recap. You can read parts onedeux, three and four before moving on. Or not. You’re a grown ass person, right?

Driving from Elgin to Pitlochry

Elgin – Hunting for Whisky

Elgin is the proud locale of Gordon & MacPhail. From their website:

Located in the north-east of Scotland in the heart of the world famous whisky producing region of Speyside, Gordon and MacPhail is an independent family owned and managed firm which has been bottling Single Malt Whiskies for over 115 years.

Since they bottle their own Whisky, the potential for finding some extra-special, maybe even unique item was pretty strong. So we decided to swing by their store before driving out to the Craighorns and Dalwhinnie Distillery. The store opened at 9:00, and we got there at 9:01. Unfortunately, laws in Scotland forbid shops to sell alcohol before 10:00, so we had an hour to kill. (more…)

Scotland Recap – Part four

You can read parts one, deux, and three before moving on. Hopefully, this is the very last part, as I don’t want to turn this into the Wheel of Time. 🙂

Driving from Skye to Inverness

portree_portSaying goodbye to Portree. The hotels were crap, but the port was beautiful.

The drive from Skye to Inverness was pleasant, the landscapes are magnificent and the Scots, even though they drive like mad men, are very courteous drivers.

passing_placesOnly picture taken of a passing place. This is on a 60mph road.

Loch Ness Cruise

Of course, we couldn’t visit Scotland without doing something on or around Loch Ness. We decided to take a short hour cruise on the Loch, and it was very cool.

We’re on a boat, motherf*ckers!
Loch_Ness_Cruise2Great shot illustrating the weather in Scotland. Sunny where we are, raining in the background.
Urquhart_CastleThe cruise took us near Urquhart Castle.


Scotland Recap – Part three

Part one is here, and part deux is there. You know what to do.

Driving to the Caslte

Around 5:15am we made our way down the stairs and were met outside by our host Gibson. He got up at the crack of dawn just to say goodbye to us. We had to get up really early to be on the 6:00 am ferry, because even though our place was booked on the ferry, the bad weather of the previous days possibly meant that there was going to be a lot of people hoping to get on the ferry. We got there with plenty of time to spare, and settled in for the two hour tour.


Still feeling the aftermath of last night’s party.


Scotland Recap – Part one

Flying in

Transport from home to airport almost uneventful. Almost, because we witnessed a car hit two pedestrians! The kids were crossing the street between stopped cars and never looked the right way. To top it off, they started yelling at the driver, and then just walked away. I think they were flying pretty high – even before being hit. We made it to the airport on time and even had the chance to enjoy the Maple Leaf lounge (More on that in the next paragraph).

Plane ride to London (Heathrow) uneventful. Left 30 minutes late, got there on time – damn winds! The fun began when we tried to access the Maple Leaf Lounge at Heathrow. Since we were landing at terminal 3, but flying out from terminal 1, we weren’t permitted to use the Maple Leaf Lounge located in terminal 3 – even though we were assured in Ottawa that our access was valid for each layover until we reached our final destination. That was 90$ out the window. We waited 6 hours un the general area. Oh well. Our friends landed 30 minutes after us and were permitted to use the Maple Leaf Lounge. They met us in the general area a couple of hours later. Everybody was tired and slightly cranky, so not much conversation was had.

Flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh was bumpy near arrival, because of strong winds – or what we thought at that time were strong winds! Waited for the luggage (everyone got theirs) and took a taxi to the B&B. Taxi driver recommended we drank Belhaven’s Best, and while in Pitlochry that we visit the “Creensvew” (Which turned out to be the “Queen’s view”).

Edinburgh, day one

Day one was really just a half day. Or was it? Even though  we landed in Edinburgh (pronounced more like “head-in-bra”) around 2PM, we still managed to climb a freakin’ volcano before the afternoon was over, thanks to LovelyWife.

the_volcanoLovelyWife convinced us to climb this. We climbed this.


Look how happy she is. We’re thinking about pushing her off the cliff. (Not really)

We then wondered for a little while around town, walking up the Royal Mile – which is about 1.12 mile when you factor in the conversion – and finally settled on The Beehive for our first real Pub experience. The food was okay, but I think the fact that we were kinda dead tired affected our appreciation a wee bit. 😉 We walked back to our B&B, and crashed for the night a few minutes before my BFF called to ask if I could go play outside with him, and we went for a few pints at the Cask & Barrel. 😉 First night in Scotland: success. (more…)

Fully Regenerated!

Here we go again. 😉

I’m back at work, fully regenerated. Here’s a recap of my 4-day weekend.

Saturday: Got up at 8:00, took a shower and gave a lift to the airport to the Beaster. Drove back home and spent the rest day Twittering and Stumbling Upon stuff. Killed a bottle of Dalwhinnie Distiller’s Edition. Wow, that was productive. 😉

Sunday: Got up at 1:15, read some blogs, commented on some blogs, watched some PVR’d shows. Went back to bed at 3:00. Started the day at 7:00, took a shower and went grocery shopping with the family. We hunted for a bit for a guitar Hero World Tour kit, without success. Since my D&D game got cancelled, spent the rest of the day reading, Twittering and Stumbling Upon stuff, until we discovered that the kids had headlice. Went to the clinic, bought some Nix and proceeded to wash everything we own, shampoo the kids. I shaved my son’s head – LovelyWife was a little mad but my son was so happy! Went to bed around 22:30.

Monday: Woke up at 2:00. Watched some TV, read some blogs and went back to bed at 4:45. Got up at 6:45, took the kids to school and dropped the car at the body shop for repairs. Came back home at 7:30 and spent 7 hours cleaning the house. Remind me not to take time off when I’m all by myself and i have no car to go anywhere. But the house is beautiful now! Picked-up the car at 15:00, drove back home and cleaned some more. LovelyWife came home around 16:30 and complained that I left a garbage bag near the door at 16:31. Took a shower. Read and Twittered. Went to bed around 22:00.

Tuesday: Once again, woke up at 1:45 (stuffed nose). Watched some TV, PVR’d stuff and read some blogs. Went back to bed around 4:40. At 5:20 I shut off the Blackberry alarm and went back to sleep. Got up at 9:45, had breakfast and took a shower. Went shopping with LovelyWife at 10:30. We didn’t buy anything. Went to see Eagle Eye (meh) and had some fries at the theater. Came home, picked up the kids from school and had dinner. Kids had a letter telling us that they have headlice at school. Letter was dated last Thursday. Good to know. Third round of head checks revealed no critters in kids hair. Watched hockey game (Mtl won 4-0).

It’s now 22:17 and I’m debating if I should just go to bed or peak at my work e-mail. 😉 I think I’ll be cool and just go to bed.

And that my friends, is the life of a Rockstar.