Ainslie's Travel Adventures

Ainslie Waldron

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Aug 31st
The East Neuk of Fife

The East Neuk of Fife

Our next home exchange was a wee country cottage in the East Newk of Fife.  Near St Andrews, an old university town in the Kingdom of Fife.  We had a great time meeting up with my family and visiting the many quaint fishing villages along the east newk.  We also had a great night with the neighbours to the cottage who showed us amazing Scottish hospitality.  We visited the famous Wemyss Ware pottery and watched local potters at work.
 
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Aug 31st
Iceland

Iceland

A two and a half hour flight from Edinburgh took us to the amazing islands of Iceland in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Despite its name, the weather here during our visit was bright, warm and sunny.  Similar in some ways to the Orkney islands in that it could be windy, there was a lot fishing and there were hardly any trees.
Iceland is mostly volcanic and some of the lava filled areas make you feel like you are walking on the moon.
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Aug 13th
Look out Otters Crossing

Look out Otters Crossing

Never seen a road sign like this before.  I suppose I have never been in Otter country either.  Still in Orkney, braving the winds and enjoying the Orkney Show today.  The locals know to wear their welly boots as the mud is very thick.  Trousers now in washing machine Had a great day out viewing the local cattle and sampling the local oatcakes, cheeses, whisky and beer.  Ye canny whack it!
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Aug 11th
Orkney Adventures

Orkney Adventures

After driving to the northern most tip of the Scottish mainland at John O Groats, we took a ferry to The Orkney islands which are situated to the north.  The smooth ferry crossing arrived at St Margaret’s Hope on Orkney and we the short distance to our newest home exchange, an ex WWII radar bunker, now converted with a very comfortable and cosy modern house on top with all mod cons. It’s a lot of fun exploring the various old rooms downstairs in the house, the original WWII... > Read more

Aug 6th
Home exchange from Hell - Not

Home exchange from Hell - Not

I am in the third home exchange of this trip to Scotland and every home has been a delight to live in.  Very comfortable and fairly luxurious.  I am in Orkney at the moment.  The Orkney islands are located north of the northern most point of Scotland.  We visited John O Groats yesterday on our way here.
This house has lovely views of the North Sea.  The pic is of the kitchen to give you an idea of the standard of home we have been living in - for free. Yes, for... > Read more

Aug 1st
Glasgow

Glasgow

Visiting Glasgow is always a lot of laughs.  The Glaswegian sense of humour is renowned.  We visited the People’s Palace where we saw Billy Connelly’s original Banana Welly Boots he used in his routines as well viewing some great old comedy favourites such as Francy and Josey, Stanley Baxter and Rab C Nesbit, all famous Scottish comedians.
We visited my cousin’s allotment down by the river Clyde.  The ingenuous uses that were made of old pallets, baths,... > Read more
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