I forgot to add in a couple cool photos from yesterday: two horses (used on the motorway between Edinburgh and Glasgow) and a dragon cloud formation.
Category Archives: 2014 The Keepers of Éire Trip
I’ve spent the last 2 days on a Heart of Scotland tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. Tomorrow we head to Inverness and then we make our way back to Edinburgh on Monday. These last couple of days have been incredible, with bright, warm day one and cloudy and wet day two. Here are a few photos before the tour loaded up for the ferry ride to Skye.
I arrived in Edinburgh in the late afternoon on a twin-prop 80-seater regional aircraft from Dublin. The bummer: I had row 3, and the plane boarded from the rear hatch (finally get up front and I still had to walk the whole length of the plane. Oh well).
Once in town I gave a copy of my novel to Waterstones Edinburgh, then strolled along the gardens back toward my lodging. Check out these photos of Edinburgh Castle and the gardens.
And here is Hamish, the Assistant Manager at the Balmoral Hotel, and I. Hamish explained about the Commonwealth Games that are taking place in Glasgow for the next 10 days, then we chatted about my Scottish ancestors and I told him about my novel and he bought a copy. The Balmoral Hotel is a beautiful place with some lovely choices for beer, oh and food.
I went to one last pub before heading to Scotland tomorrow. I decided on The Brazen Head as it claimed to be the oldest in Ireland. The food was good pub grub and I finally had a Kilkenny (another stout) and ended the night with an Irish coffee and some music. At one point, the room was so crowded there was no space to move, but I took pictures when I could.
I spent most of the late morning and afternoon at the National Museum of Ireland, specifically the archeological building. The two-storey building is well laid out and displays most of Ireland’s treasures, including the Tara Brooch
I’m getting ready for my week-long trip to Scotland starting tomorrow. Two weeks has flown by. One more night at an Irish pub. Ireland has once again given me great pleasure and a sense of coming home. Slainte.
What a spectacular day in Ireland. I spent the morning with the Lia Fail (the Stone of Destiny). The sun was shining and at the Hill of Tara I could see not quite all of Ireland.
Wow, what can I say about the Titanic Experience! Very moving. Of course, I like my friend and fellow critique mate, Marlene Dotterer’s version of the story in her SF/F Shipbuilder: The Time Travel Journals better as Thomas Andrews, the principle architect manages to implement more safety features, and he lives!