The Killearn Hotel
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These last few days we have spent catching up with an old school friend of Ron's, Alisdair Flemming and his wife Barbara. We've enjoyed lovely meals in the Old Mill and Kippin Inn as well as a tour of Glengoyne distillery. Before the distillery tour we had a lovely walk up the hill behind the distillery, called the Dumgoyne, which is part of the Campsie range. It was ...
... were on the canal towpath there was nearly always something to distract us from our painful feet. The highlight was the Falkirk Wheel. Built in 2000 with Millenium money, it was designed to replace 10 locks that had fallen into disrepair, so that the Union Canal could be reconnected to the Forth and Clyde canal. In addition they wanted something that was "spectacular" to attract tourism. Well they certainly managed that. I am sure my photos don't really do ...
... with me but will download them when I get home. We have been on a train that was practically vertical, a cable car, then George and I went on the skyway which is like another cable car which has a glass bottom and takes u over cliffs, valleys and waterfalls, and at 270 metres is the highest one in Oz. Hell yes!! I am getting so brave I will be doing parachute jumps next---not!! We had a wee lunch complete with Aussie wine, yes we could taste the oakiness on the palate and the hint ...
... were not becoming evident, it clearly only took one day of things going very wrong to convince me to leave.
I booked a ticket to London and paid for my ticket over three days – an amusing outcome of the very low cash withdrawals which are allowed from ATMs across Africa and the fact that the travel agency did not have an EFTPOS machine (seems totally reasonable). It made me very nervous that my paperwork consisted of two sentences on a post-it note until the day ...
A very quick entry to say I am having internet trouble. It keeps timing out on me. This is the first time I have reached travel pod, so I am sharing it now and then will try to add the diary entries I have been saving.
The weather has cooled, but almost dressed for winter - five layers on the top, two on the legs I ventured out. Actually the mild blustery wind was just perfect for taking in the countryside. A lot of walking was done wandering ...