Day 32 – Singapore

Slowly acclimatising our body clocks back to Australian time, we had a sleep in ’til 9am.

Today we took the bus to Gardens by the Bay. Absolutely beautiful.

The following 4 photos the flowers were made from LEGO.

We did the flower dome and the cloud dome. So many beautiful flowers and gardens.

Lunch back in the city and some more shopping (I know, I’m running out of suitcase roomπŸ˜©πŸ€¨πŸ€«πŸ˜‚).

Our run of dramas on the last day of each country continued when Doug lost his premiership winning Richmond cap at Singapore airport.

Thankfully he found it at ‘lost and found’, and after a tree full of paperwork it was returned to him.

We flew out at 10.40pm and landed in Melbourne at 8am today, which is Sunday, not Saturday πŸ€”πŸ˜©πŸ˜‚.

Home sweet home 🏠

Day 31 – Glasgow to Singapore

Thank goodness we got up early to head to the airport.

How many people know that Glasgow has 2 international airports? We didn’t, and neither did the satnav. After a few phone calls and some correct programming we made it to the airport on time, phew!!!

We landed briefly in Dubai before continuing to Singapore. From Glasgow’s 15 degrees to Singapore’s 33 degrees, phew πŸ˜….

We checked in to our hotel then went swimming and exploring. A brief thunderstorm cooled things down for a bit and the air conditioning was very welcome to sleep under.

Day 30 – Glasgow

A shopping morning today trying to finish off the last minute gifts and souvenirs.

Lunch at the Grant Arms Hotel and then Doug went in search of a barber and Isabel, Shaz and I hopped on the ‘hop on hop off’ bus for a tour of Glasgow landmarks.

We hopped off at the Riverside Museum to look at the amazing displays of transport over the years. Wonderful memories were brought back when I found a dragster. I had one as a kid and rode it everywhere.

Back on the bus for more landmark viewing and then back to our hotel.

For our last night in Glasgow and in Scotland we dined out at the Crystal Palace hotel. Delicious Pub grub with chandeliers.

As our last day in France was enhanced with our 4 hour roadside breakdown, so our last night in Scotland was enhanced with a 10pm fire alarm where we were all evacuated into the street. Thank goodness it was a false alarm.

Day 29 – Glencoe to Glasgow

We had a lazy morning swimming, having breakfast and packing slowly. I do not want to leave this place, it is so picturesque and restful.

But…..

We headed south through Glen Coe

and then decided to take a back track along the Glen Orchy river. The views are amazing (thank goodness Doug was driving as I would have been stopping every kilometre or so to take a photograph).

And another Castle across Loch Awe.

We arrived in Inveraray for lunch at the pub and to sadly find out that the Argyll wildlife park we had planned to see had closed down, 12 years ago!!!? When I was researching this trip I am sure I read about it in the past 6 – 12 months. Anyway we made use of the extra time and visited Inveraray castle instead. Another beautiful castle with luxurious furniture inside.

On the road again towards Glasgow we drove alongside Loch Lomond, so of course we had to sing the song. We stopped at Firkin Point to get some photos.

We arrived an hour later than we planned in Glasgow due to the satnav getting us lost, twice. First to the wrong address (2 streets with the same name) and trying to send us up one way streets, grrrrr.

Finally checked in and settled in with a drambuie (my new favourite drink) and a delicious meal.

Day 28 – Inverness to Glencoe and The Jacobite Train

Up and away early this morning on our way to Glencoe.

We finally saw Highland Coos (cows), standing in a paddock just off the road. They were facing away from us so Doug mooed at them in a Scottish way πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ and they turned around to look at him. They are just so cute.

We arrive at the Glencoe Isles hotel to check in and have lunch. What a stunning hotel with glorious views.

Back to Fort William to board the Jacobite train to Mallaig. We took the afternoon steam train journey which takes us over the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter movies. In Mallaig we had an hour or so to look around this coastal village and do some shopping. There was lots of spectacular scenery to admire on the train trip. We arrived back at Fort William at 8.15pm and then drove the 20 minutes back to Glencoe.

It is daylight here until almost 11pm and the sun rises about 5am. After returning so late we enjoyed a picnic on the floor admiring the amazing view from our room.

Day 27 – Isle of Skye

We caught the Highland Experience bus tour this morning that would take us to the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness.

Leaving Inverness at 9am we drove past spectacular scenery, accentuated by the commentary from our bus driver Ritchie.

Our first stop was at Achnasheen, with a wonderful view from the top of the railway bridge.

Then on to Kyle of Lochalsh for a cuppa and a walk around. We saw jellyfish off the jetty.

From here we headed across the Skye bridge to the Isle of Skye with the Skye boat song playing on the radio. Skye is the biggest Island of the Inner Hebrides. Bonnie Prince Charlie was hidden on the Isle of Skye after the battle at Culloden.

Our next stop was the “fairy bridge” at Sligachan. There is a legend that if you dip your face in the water under the bridge for 7 seconds you will be blessed with eternal youth. If anyone doesn’t recognise me when I get back, it worked.πŸ˜›

We stopped for lunch and a shop at Portree and then headed back across the Skye bridge.

Isabel and I explored Eilean Donan Castle, a fully restored castle dating from the 13th century. One of the upstairs guides told Isabel the history of the castle and showed us the secret spy holes in the great hall. Eilean Donan Castle is built on an island surrounded by 3 lochs.

From here we went to Invermoriston to the bridge and falls. The old bridge was built in 1813 and the new bridge was built in 1933. It was very picturesque.

Our last stop was at Urquhart Castle that overlooks Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle was built in the 13th to 16th century, not long after finishing it the Scots burnt it to stop the English from having it.

The tallest tower you can see is called Grant tower as it was built by clan Grant.

Day 26 – Grantown to Inverness

After a walk around Grantown-on-Spey

we headed off to the Glen Fiddich distillery. We did the tour and learnt a lot about whisky making. We enjoyed a tasting at the end (except the designated driver (and Isabel)).

After a delicious meal at the Rothes Station Hotel we continued on in the rain to our destination for today, Inverness.

Not much detouring today as it rained all afternoon. I took advantage of the rainy day to catch up on the laundry as we were out of clean socks.