Arrival in Scotland
We left Newark Thursday evening on time, though it was a little hectic with a gate change after we had all gotten to the original gate. The flight was uneventful and arrived in Glasgow a few minutes early where we met Dave, our driver and guide. He showed us around Glasgow, driving around George Square, the university, the cathedral and infirmary. Best of all, he took us to the city's arboretum, the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The two, 19th century glass houses, numerous specimen trees and blooms everywhere made this a special feature for our arrival. We then drove on to Peebles, about an hour and a half from Glasgow.
We stopped there for lunch, with several of us picking a nice hotel where, in addition to the variety of nice lunches we selected, the waitress prepared a sample of haggis for us to try. It was really quite tasty.
Then it was on to the Macdonald Hotel in Cardrona. Located in an attractive setting, it was nestled in a valley alongside the River Tweed (of fly fishing fame). Sheep dotted the hills and it sported a golf course where at least one of our group hit a bucket of balls before the rains hit.
We had dinner at the hotel before collapsing into our beds. It was a long first day.