Final thoughts on Scottish pubs, before I turn my attention to how I get to the Aberdeenshire pubs by public transport. When I first spent significant time visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2000 (cheap Ryanair to Prestwick), Caledonian Deuchars was ubiquitous and clearly being drunk in decent volumes. It had the sort of growing reputation… Continue reading DUE A DEUCHARS ?
I’ve just completed my day’s 26 and a bit walk around Edinburgh, which as well as confirming it and Glasgow as world-class cities allowed me to do a quick comparison between their respective pubs. Both cities have about 25 pubs in the current Beer Guide, those allocations reflecting tourist numbers and population. In… Continue reading ALECHEMY
There was much criticism of the sustainability of Millennium funded projects (Earth Project and the Public primary exhibits) but they certainly produced a range of cultural developments that got me exploring industrial towns throughout from 2000 on. It has sometimes seemed to me that in Scotland new cultural attractions have been hogged by it’s big… Continue reading FALKIRK REBORN
Just had a superb walk around Kelvingrove Park and the Museum, housed in as great a Victorian building as you’ll see. Kelvingrove My wife forced me into a lunchtime trip to the Brewdog across the road despite my best efforts, and the flight of their stronger beers again proved her instincts right. I’ve seen… Continue reading No.1 BREWDOG FAN
I’ve had a great day re-aquainting myself with central Glasgow for the first time in 10 years. I can’t see any dramatic changes in the shops, restaurant and pub scene, certainly of the scale seen in Stockport, Cambridge or Shoreditch, but saw for the first time some stunning architecture, particularly around Kelvingrove. Byres Road… Continue reading PERFECT BEER IN GLASGOW
Today the family walked the 7 mile Cow Hill circuit around the hills south of Fort William, which frankly gave some of the best views you’ll get in the UK. The Highlands are an expensive short break; the Premier Inn is the most expensive hotel I’ve stayed in, which may say much about me. Worth… Continue reading THE £1 PINT
A fairly uncomfortable and expensive coach trip from Fort William to Inverness has undeniably magical scenery. I was expecting less magic from Inverness in terms of its 6 Good Beer Guide pubs, but they surprised me with some decent halves of local beer in very pubby surroundings. In a very small Old Town area… Continue reading SPOONS NOT BEST FOR BEER SHOCK