D&J Scotland Whisky Tour 2009 travel blog


We woke up today to another windy, partly cloudy morning. We had a good breakfast in the breakfast room, then finished packing up our stuff. After checking out, we walked about 15 minutes to the train station. I don’t think I’ll bring my rolling duffle bag to somewhere with streets that are bumpy or cobbled anymore, because it just tends to tip over too often, particularly in the middle of an intersection!

We caught our train at 11:04 am going to Glasgow via Edinburgh. It rained part of the way, but I was still able to get a good view of the ruin of Bamburg Castle on the coast when we passed by it. There was a Russian family in the aisle across from us, and it was interesting to hear them speak. The boy was also reading a book in Russian – the first time I’ve seen a Cyrillic book.

We got into Glasgow at about 3:00 pm, and the station was definitely busier than when we left, I guess because it was a Saturday and families were traveling for the weekend. I wasn’t exactly sure of what train we needed to catch to get to our place for the night, the Barrisdale Guest House, so after buying our ticket at a self-service machine, we tried to find a route map, with no success. We finally found some information in the ticket office.

It was quite a hike to get to our train, through the station, down some stairs, then down some more stairs, but we finally found our platform, and only had to wait about 15 minutes for our train, which starts off underground like a subway, then becomes an over-ground train in the outlying parts of Glasgow.

We got off at Jordanhill station and, thanks to Google maps, I was able to recognize where we were, and knew exactly how to get to the B&B, which was essentially right around the corner and up a hill, in a residential area with tall, Victorian houses, all conjoined.

We met the owner of the B&B, Ron, who was very friendly, with a broad Scots accent. He showed us to our room on the second floor of the house. The room was very large with a high ceiling, and is bright and airy, with a bay window overlooking a treed boulevard in front of the house. We also have an ensuite bathroom with a shower.

We relaxed for a while in the room, and I finished my diary for the previous day, while Doug read his book. Around 6:00 pm we decided to head to the ‘local’ (i.e. neighbourhood pub) for dinner. It was near where we caught the train, and is a modern restaurant/bar, with some pub-like touches (e.g. video lottery terminals, a long bar with a wide selection of draft beers, etc.)

We had a pint of draft, and waited for our supper. I had vegetarian green Thai curry with jasmine rice and naan bread. The meal was good, and just spicy enough.

After dinner, we walked back to the B&B, and just relaxed in our room and watched a bit of television before we turned out the light.



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