Scotland 2014 Day 5: Dumfries and Robbie Burns
Up and at 'em! We got up and had a great breakfast again, chatting with some young guys, prob a few years younger than us, who were road workers "from The North" (of England). They said they were from "Middlesborough" ("That is SO English", we responded, and got a laugh). We asked them about their hometown and they said, "Yeah, don't bother going there!" Funny fellows though and we wished them well as we headed off to the ferry.
|Farewell from Dot and Don, our epic hosts!|
|Port Ellen Harbour|
|Leaving on the ferry|
Lunchtime arrived and we stopped at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar near Inverary, right on the northern shores of Loch Fyne, and technically in the small hamlet of Cairndow. That place was awesome. Matt got oysters from the Isle of Mull, we got cured venison, "Roasted Turkey" salmon, pull-apart cheese bread and Mull of Kintyre cheddar. The salmon was very unusual - dry cured, hot smoked and kiln roasted, it tasted a lot like roasted turkey rather than fish. It was very different than anything I've ever tasted. We did a quick google to see if venison (deer) is Kosher, and apparently it is by most Rabbi's accounts, so I tried venison for the first time!
|Weird Green Tea Beer|
And then, we drove!
We drove all the way down the coast, past Loch Lomond again, around Glasgow, and alllllll the way to Dumfries. This was quite a drive and we were happy to park and chill in the B&B for the night. Upon arrival, they had a dram of Glen Moray for us, and also we filled up Lee's Ardbeg flask with his special gift from Bruichladdich (we had a little taste cause there was extra) :) Amazing! We then walked to the place where Lee was having his bachelor party, the famous Globe Inn. We were about and hour early, so we wandered High St.
|Here we are, at The Globe!|
|And... this place is a little TOO quiet|
|Well, definitely would have bought these boxers instantaneously if this shop was open|
Robbie Burns is one of Lee's favourite poets, and he's a famous Scotland icon. This was his favourite pub, and there is a lot of Robbie Burns history within those walls. Robbie's room was there where he stayed, and even where his child was born, I believe our tour guide said! A poem was hand-etched into the glass on the window which was super cool. Our guide showed us a "secret room" which was used for after-hours drinking! A tea shop beside The Globe used to have access to this room and they would sneak over after the bar had closed for more drinks. Our tour guide is also the President of the worldwide Robbie Burns society, and proudly discussed how meetings of the society happen there in the secret room.
|Learning about Robbie Burns|
|Poems etched in the glass|
|Secret meeting room|
|Fish and Chips!|
|Man the 2 pound coin sure looks like a Toonie!|
|Other side of 2 pound coin|
And... off to the bar.
|Good times, enjoying this impromptu band!|
We sat down and chilled out for a while and watched the musicians playing at the table -- local people of all ages, just chillin' and playing some awesome tunes. This was exactly the vibe we were hoping for and man this place delivered in spades. Violin, ukelele, guitar, a singer, and an accordion... so epic. I managed to catch a little bit of it on video.
Finally, we were about to head out and some weird guys bought Lee a drink, and then invited us out to sing Karaoke. Would have been fun in other circumstances I'm sure but they were super random and the one dude was definitely approx. one drink away from falling over, so we figured we'd best just head back to the hotel and sleep. Matt and I got to the hotel, crushed the rest of the pull-apart bread from lunch, and slept like kings.
|"Mind yer heid!" Well, this sure explains the night.|