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By ucblockhead (Mon Jul 24, 2017 at 04:22:01 PM EST) (all tags)
We're in Scotland for a trip, and I was a bit nervous because we decided we'd do it by car.  So a few days ago we picked up a rental in Edinburgh.  I'd spent the last month or so stressing about driving on the wrong side.

We get there, and we discover that picking up the car for the drive up to Inverness involves driving through the tourist hell, mega-urban part of Edinburgh.  And it was raining.  Oh, and surprise! it was a stick, not automatic.  I haven't driven an automatic for any significant time in a decade, and now I have to shift with the wrong hand.

It takes me way too wrong to realize that I'm putting it in third, not first, resulting in much stalling.  And then I have to go ask the rental car guy how to put the fucking thing in reverse as it isn't an obvious button or anything.  I'm sure the rental guy thought the idiot American would be limping back to switch cars, but I persevered.  (He was too polite to say...they are quite polite up here I've found)

But we made it out, and made it to our rental in Inverness without any particular trouble, except a GPS that kept trying to send us down a street closed for tourists in at the end of the long drive.  That was two days ago.  Today I was doing the one-lane road up the right side of Loch Ness like a champ.  I may have this down.

I've discovered this trip that the city here is Inver-NESS.  For decades, one of our favorite places to go was InVER-nuss California, spelled the same.

The story so far:

  • I was paranoid and booked long layovers in Heathrow.  It seems customs in Heathrow takes ten minutes for connecting flights.  We spent a miserable few hours there with nothing to do.
  • Old town Edinburgh is tourist hell.
  • Edinburgh castle does not live up to the FOML's castle standards
  • Stirling castle, on the other hand, is awesome.
  • So is Doune castle.  (Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed there, which gets teenager points.)
  • Edinburgh has decent vegetarian food.
  • The Necropolis in Glasgow is no where near as cool as the old Victorian cemeteries in London.  (The boy was upset that it wasn't all overgrown with vines and crap.)
  • Glasgow is probably a nice place to live, but it didn't seem worth visiting.  We have all those stores at home.
  • Downtown Inverness kinda sucks, but once you get onto the paths along the river, it's really nice.
  • If you're going to visit Urquhart castle on Loch Ness, go early, before the (other) tourists get there.
  • We saw dolphins on the "dolphin adventure" tours.  That was cool, but to be honest, I was just happy to be on the fast boat on the ocean.  We shared the boat from a very friendly couple from Swindon ("oh my, Cali-for-nai-a and we're just from Swindon!" said the wife) and an entirely unfriendly couple from somewhere else.  Don't know where because they never talked.  Probably France, or worse, the US.
  • Loch Ness is really pretty once you get away from all the damn people.
  • There sure area a lot of Germans/Italians/Spaniards running around up here.
  • I've been here a week and still haven't had a whisky.  I need to fix that.
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I've been here a week and still haven't had a whis by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jul 24, 2017 at 05:02:18 PM EST

Seriously? Someone should tell the Queen, and make sure someone gets sacked.

Are you planning any trips to Hogwarts?

What have you got against by Herring (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Jul 24, 2017 at 06:28:07 PM EST
people from Swindon?

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

Nothing by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jul 25, 2017 at 12:48:26 AM EST
They were quite nice.  Though they themselves seemed to thing Swindon was rather unappealing to be from.
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Fair point by Herring (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Jul 25, 2017 at 08:02:34 PM EST
It is a bit of a hole.

As a side note, my dad taught Colin Moulding of XTC and knew his dad. I am not sure how much influence Dad's English classes had on the Dukes of Stratosphear output.

You can't inspire people with facts
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