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 Post subject: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:04 am 
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We are off again next Saturday, we shall be based in Oban.
It doesn't seem 5 mins. since we were going to meet up with Marg there last year.

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:39 am 
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I bet you're looking forward to that, Arthur! :D I'll send best vibes for good weather for you.
I haven't been to Scotland since 1999, and have never been to Oban.


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:06 am 
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My wife worked in a hotel in Oban when she was doing her 'OE'.

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:20 am 
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Have a good time, Arfa, it is a lovely part of the country.

We stayed at Tyndrum a few years ago and visited Oban, Mull and Iona.

I know you've been to Iona before because you posted photos (as I did, too :wink: ).

I look forward to seeing your photos of this trip. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:45 am 
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Have a smashing time Arfa [b]dont forget us shortbread)[/b]


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:08 pm 
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Scotland is a beautiful country, weather not so good, it is too changeable.
Did we enjoy it, we did the break and being waited on, but we didn't enjoy all this rush rush that there is with our coach holiday.
It did seem as though we were trying to cram too much in each day, like we travelled a distance to take a coffee break, then another place just to buy lunch.
For instance one trip I was really looking forward too, was Iona Abbey, only to find that we only had 15 minutes to look round it, which really was a shame.
Truth is we are getting old, and it really isn't for oldies travelling long distances just to have a holiday, next time not so far.

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:37 am 
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Yes, these organised coach trips do tend to give you the bum's rush. :roll: That's outrageous that you only had 15 mins at Iona Abbey! I like to do my own thing most of the time.

I've looked at some of these coach holidays, because they're cheaper, but I always end up thinking that I'd spend more time sitting in the coach than actually having a holiday! I went up to the Lake District once, when I lived in Cov, and it took 5 hours there & 5 hours back!! Never again - I had a flat bum at the end of the day!! :lol:

Still....your break was better than a slap in the face with a wet kipper! :P


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:35 pm 
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It was nice, the mistake the coach company made, was to try to go to two places in one day.
Looking at another on the Isle of Wight.

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:30 pm 
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Good for you Arfa!!! Sounds like a great idea.

I had another question about taking trips after you posted this:

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Truth is we are getting old, and it really isn't for oldies travelling long distances just to have a holiday, next time not so far.


Is there any possibility that a set of your kids/grandchildren could accompany you on one for the more strenuous holidays? The reason I ask is this. My folks found it very had to travel once they hit their seventies (course we took many, many holidays together before that) & eighties. They'd bring us along (we paid for our share/or did sweat equity & extras...or food) and we'd handle all the luggage, shopping, driving & accessed any special needs.

That's how we got to take the wonderful cruise all over the Meditterrean, Israel, Turkey, Crete, Naples, Rome, the Vatican, Rhodes and Cyprus. (We also accompanied them to Hawaii several times and we all had so much fun...well until Rex made us take him to the grocery store & he demaned a roast beef and read all the labels - EEKSS)

We got the Phyllix into the Vatican by elevator & found wheelchair access & got to see the Sistine Chapel. Course we were supposed to have dumped the wheelchair before then, but then the guards couldn't have a proper "cow" in their costumes made of over 140 pieces...laffing so hard.

Just a thot. Thanx, I enjoyed that trip down lovely memory lane. xoxox


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:23 am 
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When doing these coach trips Linda, we never have to lift our cases, it is all done for us.
It was 11.5 hours on the coach which isn't nice at all, very tiring.
You have a tendency to drop to sleep on the coach, and your head drops and rolls about, giving you a bad neck.
Shorter journeys of a maximum of 5.5 hours is more to my liking.
I forgot I hadn't shown you any photographs.

This yacht pulled in to the bay overnight

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The view from our hotel window

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The Caledonian ferry The Isle of Mull leaves the bay on a regular journey to Mull

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The Duke of Argyll's Castle at Inverary, he is head of the Clan Campbell

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The war memorial on the banks of Loch Fynne at Inverary

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This is a picture of the Kilchurn Castle, one of many castles in Scotland.
I just caught this as a shower came across Loch Awe, you can just see a low rainbow forming.

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In Inverary there are two famous boats moored there as a museum one at the front is Vital Spark, and the larger one the Artic Penguin a 1911 steel ship.
Sadly they are so closely moored that you can't get a picture of each.

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Inverary was the best day of all, and it is well worth a visit if you go to the West Coast of Scotland

You can read about the Vital Spark Here



Arfa


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:16 am 
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Good pics Arfa!

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
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Love 'em!!
xox


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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:25 pm 
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Smashing photos, Arfa. :D

They reminded me of our trip - particularly Inverary Castle.

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 Post subject: Re: Scotland Coach Tour
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:24 am 
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Arfa, I may not have made myself clear. There are unlimited trips (coaches are everywhere, but you aren't ever going to be your own driver) that are available to you that will thrill your soul.

You don't sound all that happy about the Scotland ways.

I was not suggesting that you sign up for another one, but rather asking you to step outside the box and "see" something that you wanted to see all yer life.

It may be a cultural collision, but for sure, for sure...you can go anywhere, with a little help from your friends or children. We done it and it was fun.

Otherwise it be an exercize in ingratitude, futility and frustration.


Just saying...having been around some.
xoxox


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