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... here there was scaffolding all around it. We didn't bother paying to go in, just took a photo through the fence like so many other tourists.
David had been complaining about his hair getting really long and decided to get it cut even though we were going to the cold of the Arctic Circle, it might have helped keep his head warm.
A homemade Christmas dinner was being prepared ...
... distilleries are. Fortunately there was one just a short drive outside Edinburgh in the rolling farmland of East Lothian. Glenkinchie is known as the home of Edinburgh Malt.
We arrived just in time for the last distillery tour of the day. John, our guide, took us through the premises explaining the process of making the whisky from start to finish.
The only part of the process that is no longer carried out onsite is the 'Malting' stage. This ...
... bit of sightseeing.
Heathrow is definitely no Changi, but T5 was not too bad. We had a wander round the shops without the intention of buying anything and then sat around for a bit while Maria tried to have a nap. David was getting hungry by mid morning, the plane breakfast had been served shortly after 4am, so we headed for the pub for a bacon butty smothered in HP sauce and a beer.
Our plane was a bit late in boarding due to the ...
We were heading back North to Melrose today and took the opportunity to go into the Metro Centre in Gateshead en-route. Maria obviously likes just being around shops but there was genuine need today because we still needed to buy a new camera bag. It was massive place and we even managed to get a bit lost in the car park even with a Sat Nav!! In the end we ditched the car within sight of the mall and walked the remaining half kilometre. After walking the length ...
Time to head into the Scottish Highlands to tour the mountains and the castles. I booked a day trip from Edinburgh with Timberbush Tours. Our guide, Marty, was a lot of fun and certainly was very proud of his country and very knowledgeable. And he even wore a kilt!!! I scored the front seat of the bus which I love because you get an excellent view of the drive and usually you can be the first off the bus.
We left ...