Westray to Papa WestrayWestray and Papa Westray are two islands part of the Orkney Islands archipelago off the shore of Scotland. This inter-island service is mainly used by students and professors who travel to Papa Westray to study the 60 archeological sites on the island. Other than that, this carrier is also used as an ambulance in times of medical emergency and and for postal delivery as well.
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The city tour starts from Waverley bridge right next to the train station and after 1 hour it drops you back at the same spot. I would have loved to explore this city by walk, but due to limited time in hand we had to settle for the bus ride. After a brief walk around the station area, we reach the station at 8pm and wait for our train back to London which is scheduled for 10pm. It was again an overnight journey for us and we reach London at 6am the next morning.
Old Man of HoyOld Man of Hoy is a sea stack and measures around 450 feet in height. It can be seen on the Scrabster-Stromness Ferry route but we wanted a much better and a closer view. So, we decided to walk. The Sun was out and we got some fantastic views along the way.It's a 5.75 miles (9.25 km) walk and it took us 3.5 hrs including photo stops and a half an hour break at the cliff top. It's a fairly moderate walk. Be sure to carry enough supplies as there are no shops or anything around even at the starting point.We were told by the villagers that they are visited by serious rock climbers who actually climb the 'Old Man of Hoy'. Sounds adventurous and definitely not for me!
Five Sisters of Kintail
Following this, it was a bumpy ride through the valley of the 'Five Sisters of Kintail'. The Scotts somehow seemed to be very picky about where they fought their battles. It is where the Battle of Glenshiel was fought, when Scotland joined forces with Spain against Britain. The British not only won but also killed 400 Spaniards. It is the reason why I didn't really feel like photographing the place.To be truthful, the continuous ride over the past two days had got me exhausted. But the thought of finally making it to the place where the legendary monster Nesse is said to reside, kept me going. We were finally headed towards Lochness. Since it was a long drive from Eilean Donan, Andrew kept us entertained with the various rumours about the monster, that have been doing rounds for aeons now. A particular one was truly amusing.A Scottish highlander once set out to break record of the fastest sailing boat on the lake. Unfortunately a little while into the ride, he died due to a ripple that caused a massive wave to wreck his boat. It is believed that the sound of his motor boat must have disturbed Nesse and so, the monster created the ripple to put an end to the disturbance. Wow :P Isn't that some accusation? Somehow Nesse doesn't seem like a bad monster to me. I think of him as someone like 'Casper-the friendly ghost'. Oh, how I love the tales locals have to tell about a place.Once in Lochness, there isn't much to do, especially if you are not one for expensive cruises sailing at a snail's pace on a never-ending lake. Soon I also got tired of looking for Nesse. Can't really imagine the plight of those who went sailing on a cruise ship, looking for him! While I waited for the others to return, I pampered my sweet-tooth with not just one, but two scoops of fresh Ness ice-cream and relaxed on the shore with my book. It has been my favourite reading place by far! Have you a favourite place for something specific?! I would love to hear :)On the way back, we even stopped to admire Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. This was followed by a quick lunch in Fort William.
Close to the University of Glasgow on West End and off the main Byers Street, Ashton Lane is a hub for restaurants, bars and cafè giving away a bohemian fee to the place. Know for their street parties, upcoming bands playing in the bars and the lively vibe is very popular with students and residents like wise. Very close to the Glasgow subway Ashton lane is a well kept secret of the city away from the bustling street and high rises; it always felt like we were entering a different world altogether. Definitely go to the Governor’s Café known as the Ubiquitous Chip for some Scottish cuisine and the best bloody mary’s in town.
During the last trip to Scotland, we had a lot of really classic fare from pubs and chips shops. Our lunch at Earthy was a really unusual peek into the organic, farm-to-table movement that’s happening in Scotland I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Their salads were some of the best I’ve had anywhere and a nice local cider paired well with the side of soup I also had. On a cold day, it’s the perfect place for a really hearty but healthy meal. I bet it’s a gem in the summer as well.