Trip to Scotland and England 2010

7 Oct, Thursday

13:10 local -- arrived atGlasgow airport after flights from Tampa to Charlotte(1.5 hrs), a four hour layover, flight to Gatwick (7 hrs -- met Dean and Gillian from Houston), a 4 hour layover, flight to Glasgow (1.5 hrs) -- a long day. Noticed two men in kilts at airport . . . more

8 Oct, Friday

Sandra's birthday -- Drove to Girvan through Maidens -- spoke with Jeremy from NZ at Electric brae. . . .more

Oct 9, Saturday

Spent the morning with margaret in Kirkoswald. Drove to Glasgow airport to pick up Christine. Drove from Glasgow to Glencoe on A82 passing along the west bank of Loch Lomond . . .more

Oct 10, Sunday

Drove from Glencoe to Portree on Isle of Skye, via Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh . . .more

Oct 11, Monday

Drove from Portree, Isle of Skye to Wick, Caithness via Loch Ness. . .dinner at MacKay's Hotel . . . poised for tour of airfield, etc. in am . . . more

Oct 12,  Tuesday

Breakfast at B&B, drove by Wick airfield, then to John O'Groats and Pt. Duncansby  . . .more

Oct 13, Wednesday

In Nairn for the day spending a second night here. Drove to Culloden . . . more

Oct 14, Thursday

We drove from Nairn to Arbroath . . . more

Oct 15, Friday

In Arbroath and then Scottish Country Dancing at Broughty Ferry . . .more

Oct 16, Saturday

Drove from Monifieth to Troon in Ayrshire via Edinburgh . . . more

Oct 17, Sunday

Visited some areas of Ayr where I had lived as a child and that Christine could remember from a trip long ago . . .more

Oct 18, Monday

Today was mostly a day of travel . . . more

Oct 19, Tuesday

On this day I visited my cousins Jean and Patrick Reid in Milton Keynes and then drove . . .more

Oct 20, Wednesday

This was a day of a lot of driving -- from the Old Wordon area of Bedfordshire to Barnstaple in Devon. But I did have a . . .more

Oct 21, Thursday

Drove from Barnstaple to Tavistock. Long drive. No photos

Oct 22, Friday

Visited Nicola Chaffe at the Marjon College and then drove to Holt to visit with Margaret and Ray . . .more

Oct 23, Saturday

Spent some time with Ray and Margaret. Visited Mary and Ken Northover. Drove to Blandford Forum and spent the night a The Crown Hotel on West Street. No photos.

Oct 24, Sunday

Took some photos of West St. in Blandford Forum where John Good is listed as living in 1841 with the Meatyard family . . . moreDrove to Basingstoke. Visited with the Huttons who used to do farm B&B. Then spent several hours with niece Lyn telling her about her grandmother. Stayed at another nearby B&B. no photos.

Oct 25, Monday

Started out by visiting George Rust who told me about a war memorial  for Canadian airmen near Heathrow . . .more

Oct 26, Tuesday

Drove from East Grinstead near Gatwick airport to a farm B&B at Ilcombe near Charing, Kent. On the way stopped at Smarsden where Thomas Hyder married Mary Hodges 27 Dec 1784.  . . . more

Oct 27, Wednesday

Visited Hothfield Church, then Charing Church, met with Hyder descendants . . . .more

Oct 28, Thursday

My last day in the UK prior to flying out on the morning of the 29th. Left the farm B&B at Ilcombe and drove to Fairlight near Hastings to visit Janet and Ivan . . . more