It was many years before That the Spaniards quartered there But the English beat O’Neill And our Irish hopes lay bare   At the mouth of the river Bandon is a small town. What began as a viking trading post over time became a small settlement and finally the walled town of Cionn tSaile – […]

Jet lag: a physiological condition that dramatically affects your sleep pattern and wrecks the first few days of any trip from Australia to Europe as you speed across 10 time zones.  Remedies for this malady range from Tamazepam to “a bit of plain toast and de-fizzed 7-up”. Luckily we arrived in Scotland first this time […]

Glasgow has always been a second home for Karen. A lot of her family are living there. She grew up riding the train to Glasgow for shopping trips and then to attend University. It was the city she moved to for her first job, becoming a Town Mouse for a number of years before moving […]

InverAyr From the Gaelic Ihbhir Air  meaning Mouth of the River Ayr. Nowadays it is simply known as Ayr. The 12th most populous settlement in Scotland with a rich history to show for itself. It became a major marketplace and harbour during the medieval period after King William the Lion ordered a castle to be built between the […]

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain For promis’d joy. Celtic Connections There are lots of benefits to being married to a Scottish person. They share a deep sense of humour and will not say no to any type of adventure. While they […]

  …The only shining light ahead was not the fading sun but that we would not be going straight back to the hotel but somewhere else. Find out in the next post… We were dropped off at the wrong side of the road and as our bus and guide pulled away our destination was revealed […]

Another early morning start for J&K with a 6.30AM pickup. As alluded to in our first Darwin post, one of the key attractions to the city is it’s proximity to a heap of National Parks and wildlife. We decided on a Day Trip to Litchfield Park as it was close enough that we would spend […]