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Auburn, CA  95603

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Following are some traditional recipes and holiday suggestions … as we prefer not to rent a car when we travel, destinations and lodgings presented below are readily accessible via public transit. Accommodations are reasonably priced and of good value.

Mince & tatties     Brett’s favorite meal after a long hike across the moors in a wind swept rain.

Stovies     Combined leftovers of previous day’s roast dinner, typically cooked in a beef or chicken stock.   

Haggis     Oatmeal mash boiled with various, often undefined sheep innards, served with Neeps (mashed turnips). We didn’t care for it, but perhaps if more seasoned or peppered it might be to our liking.

Oban, Argyll     Gateway to the (Western) Isles, Oban is a port town with ferries to the Inner & Outer Hebrides. Oban is located at the end of one branch of the West Highland rail line, about 3 hours northwest out of Glasgow’s Queen Street station. (Note:  Train cars separate at Crianlarich with one line branching west to Oban and the other line continuing north to Fort William and Mallaig). Accommodation: Glenburnie Guesthouse located on the Corran Esplanade waterfront, 10 minute walk north of the rail/bus station. Very nice with splendid hosts, Graeme & Allsyon Strachan.

Fort William     Situated at the base of Scotland’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, the town is the northern terminus of the West Highland Way (see Long Distance Walks in Britain & Ireland page), well serviced by bus and ScotRail. It is a full service town with a multitude of stores, from tourist shops to hiking outfitters. Accommodation: Thistlebank B&B (operated by Mrs. MacNicol), Tel: 01397 702700. Unfortunately no website or email, but centrally located on Cameron Road just a few blocks above the city centre.

Inverness     We didn’t spend but one day in Inverness, but it made a wonderful excursion from Fort William. After days of walking, it was a most pleasant 1-1/2 hour bus ride north on the A82 along the west shore of Loch Ness. Nice shops and a beautiful parkway along the River Ness run through the city centre.   

Stirling     We came by Stirling as a last day’s stopover prior to departing Scotland as it is close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. There is an outstanding walking route about the city’s old wall site. A number of the Stirling Castle’s buildings were under renovation in 2008, but it is still well worth a visit. Accommodation: Munro Guesthouse on Princes Street in city centre, 5-10 minutes walk from rail/bus station, shops & historic district.

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