Three Brave Hearts

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tour through Scotland

This blog is documenting the tour through Scotland in August 2006 by three brothers, also known as "Three Brave Hearts".

These brothers belong to the van Heemstra clan, originating from Holland.

Their tour starts on 23rd of August on arrival at Edinburgh airport.

EasyJet airplane landed

Edinburgh Airport

After Customs and Luggage Retrieval, the two brothers from Holland will be welcomed by their brother from Scotland.

Brother from Scotland

The three brothers collect a Rent-a-Car from Easycar Rent and make their way to the Capital of Scotland: Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, Capital of Scotland



-Edinburgh: Arthur Seat, Castle, College of Art

Map of Edinburgh

Arthur Seat

The remains of a volcano that erupted under water during the Carboniferous period, Arthur's Seat is located within Holyrood Park in the centre of Edinburgh. Although only 250m (823 feet) in height, Arthur's Seat is a notable landmark, dominating the city. Known also as the Lion's Head, Arthur's Seat is the highest of a series of peaks which take the form of a crouched lion.

= Lunch =

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle was a prison for sailors from many countries in the 18th and 19th centuries, including crewmen who sailed with John Paul Jones, founder of the American Navy. Their graffiti, handmade ships and other items are on display in the Prisoners of War exhibition.

College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art (eca) has an international reputation as one of the most successful independent art colleges in the UK. We have won that reputation by offering the highest quality of experience for our students, and by providing a learning environment, which is both supportive and challenging. eca is known for its creativity, its co-operative atmosphere and its people; one recent graduate described the College as 'an ideas factory'.

The moving image, in film and television, is an integral part of the modern world. It is a source of information and entertainment, the product of a rich and complex range of aesthetic and technical activities. The teaching programme at Edinburgh College of Art does not focus on any single element of the medium. Instead, it offers you the widest opportunities to work in formats ranging from the established, such as documentary, drama, music video and commercials, to forms such as fine art video and experimental film which seek to define their own creative agenda. The programme is firmly founded on the concept that film, television and video are essentially about communication. You are encouraged to define for yourself what it is that you want to say, to whom you want to say it, and the most effective way of doing so.

= Evening out =



RAC Routeplanner
[09:00]Edinburgh->[12:09]Fort William = 211.4 km (3 hours 9 min)
[14:00]Fort William->[16:47]Uig = 168.5 km (2 hours 47 min)

Map of the West-Highlands with Fort William

Ben Nevis

Loch Morar

Fort William is the largest town in the west Highlands of Scotland and is the commercial centre of Lochaber, an area renowned for magnificent scenery with an important history. We have the highest mountain in the UK - Ben Nevis, and Loch Morar - the deepest loch, with beautiful glens, forests and beaches in between. Fort William and Lochaber offers the modern traveller an enormous choice for recreation, discovery and relaxation. Fort William and Lochaber is the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

The Skye Bridge connects the Isle of Skye to the mainland and Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland side of the bridge is a major transport hub for travellers visiting the island.

Isle of Skye: Uig Bay

In 1877 a great flood, caused by an unusually heavy rainfall, burst the banks of the two rivers which run to the bay. The Conan and Rha joined and the force of the flood swept away the local graveyard and the estate factor's lodge. The caretaker was killed. The pier was built in 1894 and officially opened by King Edward VII in 1902.

Dun Flodigarry Hostel
Flodigarry, Staffin, Isle of Skye

Tel (01470) 552 212

... or see the Map

This is an outstanding hostel with an excellent kitchen, a spectacular view across the sea to the mainland mountains (if not foggy), a large dining/sitting room that could be very sociable, a small lounge with piano and guitar, internet, no TV, outdoor tables (to use when there are no midges), a pub nearby (not cheap), and amazing mountain walks from the hostel door. The owners are friendly and helpful.

[more at BUG Backpackers hostel review]



RAC Routeplanner
[10:00]Uig->[12:25]Applecross = 144.5 km (2 hours 25 min)
[13:30]Applecross->[15:13]Poolewe = 99.3 km (1 hour 43 min)
[16:00]Poolewe->[18:37]Aviemore = 165.5 km (2 hours 37 min)

Driving North-East


Applecross is a mountainous area, approached from the south via the "Bealach nam Bo" (The Pass of the Cattle), which, at 2,054 feet, is one of the highest in Scotland.

Chefs at the Applecross Inn always try to use local produce on their menus, this includes of course the seafood from Applecross Bay itself, Prawns, Squat Lobster, Crab and Lobster, Local Scallops, Oysters, Mussels and Smoked Salmon.

= Lunch =

Gairloch: Whale watching
... we'll pass by this place, but have to do with our own whaly faces ;o)
Click here to listen to the sound of a porpoise (MP3, 473KB)Click her tail to listen to the sound of a porpoise, recorded in Strath Bay, Gairloch (MP3, 473KB)


Poolewe is a very lovely small town with its own market every Tuesday morning, the Poolewe hotel, which serves good dinners and the Bridge Coffee Shop, owned by two lovely people who serve great coffees and cakes during daytimes.

= Teatime =

If time allows we'll visit the Inverewe Gardens near Poolewe. Very beautiful gardens in an unexpected part of Scotland.

Inverewe Gardens

This wonderful sheltered woodland garden on a rocky peninsula in Wester Ross is a particular delight in spring when it is a filled with colour from Rhododendron and Azalea bushes.

Cairngorms National Park

Stay at The Boat House, Deshar Road, Boat of Garten

"Alan and Lynn look forward to welcoming you to The Boat House in the Highland village of Boat of Garten."

Click to enlarge: The Boat House is situated on the main road into the village, 5 miles from Aviemore.

Ideally located... Lying adjacent to the mighty River Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, Boat of Garten lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, centrally located in the Highlands of Scotland. The perfect place from which to explore the Highlands or simply unwind.

= Dinner at our own table =

OPTIONAL: Evening stroll towards Tomintool

Tomintoul (pronounced "Tom-in-T'owl") is a village which is the base camp for climbers and walkers in the area round the rivers Avon and Livet. Nearby, Cromdale and the Ladder Hills foreshadow the Cairngorm Mountains. This is the high, remote Livet countryside that once abounded in illicit distilleries. Tomintoul itself had a good few.

Hear "Tomintoul" pronounced in AU or WAV format

The Glenlivet Distillery, the only distillery allowed to call itself "The Glenlivet"

It is a few miles from the village to the present distillery which is on the edge of forest, close to the Avon but still within the parish of Glenlivet. The Tomintoul distillery was built in the 1960s and is of a modern appearance.



RAC Routeplanner
[10:00]Aviemore->via Dundee->[12:54]St Andrews = 181 km ( 2 hours 54 min)
[15:30]St Andrews->[15:56]Elie = 27.2 km (26 min)
[17:00]Elie->[18:08]Edinburgh = 69.4 km (1 hours 8 min)

After a comfortable sleep in The Boat House, full Scottish or Continental Breakfast is served in the dining room.

= Breakfast =

Dundee, City of Discovery

Upon request, we'll stop at the University of Abertay. The location at which we have developed our computer game SPACEPORT by then. Home of games such as LEMMINGS and GRAND THEFT AUTO.

Perhaps we meet some friends along the way?

Crocodile Dundee

St Andrews: Golf

Home of golf, the old course St. Andrews showing the Swilken burn and centuries old Swilken bridge.

Named after Saint Andrew the Apostle, the Royal Burgh of St Andrews (Scottish Gaelic: Cill Rìmhinn) is a town on the east coast of Fife, Scotland, and the home of golf. It has a population of about 18 000, and stands on the North Sea coast between Edinburgh and Dundee. It is home to Scotland's oldest university, the University of St Andrews.

= Lunch on the Green =

The town has acquired the name of the "home of Golf", partly because the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, exercises legislative authority over the game, and partly because of its beautiful links (acquired by the town in 1894) is the most frequent venue for The Open Championship, the oldest of golf's four major championships. Visitors travel to St Andrews in great numbers for several courses ranked amongst the finest in the world, as well as for the sandy beaches.

Elie: 100ft below ground, secret bunker

South of St Andrews is a place called Elie, near the coast. At first one would not expect anything spectacular to happen in this quiet town with farmer houses. Not unless your Secret Service would have informed you about a particular entrance into the ground.

= Tea (in secret...) =


"Hidden beneath a Scottish Farmhouse, a tunnel leads to Scotland’s Secret Bunker. 24,000 square feet of secret accommodation on two levels, 100 feet underground."

Back in Edinburgh, we'll pass out in a local Pub ;o)

= Wine & Dine =



= Breakfast =

Take-off from Edinburgh Airport after returning the rental car.

Easy (Stelios) does it!

... more detail to follow soon