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Nov 25, 2021 - 5:11:51 AM
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Just on a ferry after a few great days away in Scotland. It was a deer hunting trip but I enjoy the catching up with old friends just as much as the hunt. This place is really remote by U.K. standards and it’s great to get together, hunt, drink a few beers, talk BS and take the pxxs out of one another mercilessly. I’m heading home now with my batteries fully charged and my liver begging me for a breaksmiley








Nov 25, 2021 - 5:31:33 AM
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DC5

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But did you get any deer?

And if it's a secret coast, why do they have a sign up telling everyone?

Edited by - DC5 on 11/25/2021 05:32:21

Nov 25, 2021 - 5:53:32 AM
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slammer

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3379 posts since 12/30/2008

Atta Boy Jonty!!! That territory looks so different than anything we have here.
Glad you had a great time . I would donate my liver to you, but mine probably looks like Swiss cheese!!!
Slammer!!!

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:11:05 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by DC5

But did you get any deer?

And if it's a secret coast, why do they have a sign up telling everyone?


I did Dave, the hunting gods were kind to me.  I had a couple and my friends have had a few too. I've one in the back of the truck and we also had enough to butcher one to share with the people who help us out with accommodation etc up there.   I do chuckle every time I pass that road sign!! There's on in the south too - for 'The Secret Nuclear Bunker'- go figure 

Nov 25, 2021 - 6:35:06 AM
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lazyarcher

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7125 posts since 4/19/2004

A deer hunt in Scotland would be a dream hunt for me!!
My family (fathers side) are from Scotland. Grandpas family owned the Atholl Arms in Dunkeld for a while. Gramma was from Aberfeldy but raised in the Loch Lomand area. I hope to get over some day in retirement. Is it difficult for a Canadian to hunt?

Nov 25, 2021 - 8:33:05 AM
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Looks gorgeous! Next time I go to Scotland for golf I think I'll try and sneak my BAR 30-06 into my golf bag!smiley  If they question me I'll tell them I am shooting gophers!

Nov 25, 2021 - 9:15:59 AM

Paul R

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15149 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by DC5

But did you get any deer?

And if it's a secret coast, why do they have a sign up telling everyone?


Great minds think alike - first thing I thought when I saw the sign, too.

Around here there are road signs warning of hidden driveways. If they go to all the trouble to hide them , why does the municipality spoil things by posting a sign? Or "watch for children" signs. So that we can run over them when we see them?

Nov 25, 2021 - 12:13:29 PM

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Originally posted by lazyarcher

Is it difficult for a Canadian to hunt?


Not at all, especially if said Canadian let's me know when he's coming over.  You'd have to leave your bow at home I'm afraid as it's not legal for hunting here but if you ever ventured over to visit your ancestral roots, you would be more than welcome as my guest to come and see if you could bag yourself a Scottish Red or Roe deer.  

Nov 25, 2021 - 12:16:51 PM

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Originally posted by BanjoLink

Looks gorgeous! Next time I go to Scotland for golf I think I'll try and sneak my BAR 30-06 into my golf bag!smiley  If they question me I'll tell them I am shooting gophers!


To be honest, I could have done with that yesterday for the one that got away smiley.  Pack something a little more conservative, and don't expect the Gleneagles hotel smiley

Nov 25, 2021 - 12:34:26 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by slammer

Atta Boy Jonty!!! That territory looks so different than anything we have here.
Glad you had a great time . I would donate my liver to you, but mine probably looks like Swiss cheese!!!
Slammer!!!


He he he - I appreciate sentiments at least Dale smiley

Nov 25, 2021 - 1:08:51 PM

41 posts since 11/9/2021

I Love Scotland. I've been there 3x, once in 1989 on tour with a bluegrass band for 3 weeks, once in 1999 for a week on business outside Glasgow ( which turned into a week of just doing not much of anything) and lastly 6 years ago when my son took me there for 10 days of distilleries and castles by day and jam sessions by night, for my 60th. I'd retire there in a heartbeat, but the mrs has too many health issues for a move that big. I found a beautiful 2 br house w/5 acres outside Drumnadrochit, right on Loch Ness and reasonable too, but the nearest hospital was like 40 miles away. Never realized the hunting could be good there, but the highlands have room for anything, right?

Edited by - wrench13 on 11/25/2021 13:09:46

Nov 25, 2021 - 1:18:27 PM
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chuckv97

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Scotland, Ontario, Canada,,, near where I used to toil in the tobacco fields.




Nov 25, 2021 - 4:44:23 PM
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bubbalouie

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quote:
Originally posted by slammer

Atta Boy Jonty!!! That territory looks so different than anything we have here.
Glad you had a great time . I would donate my liver to you, but mine probably looks like Swiss cheese!!!
Slammer!!!


HehHeh! I had my appendix removed to make more room for mine!

Great Pics Jonty! 

Nov 26, 2021 - 7:34:32 AM
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dat

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31572 posts since 7/26/2006

Have a friend that said when he dies that he is having his liver donated to have golf balls made out of if, unless it’s too hard by then

Nov 26, 2021 - 7:49:26 AM
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Owen

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quote:
Originally posted by wrench13 I found a beautiful 2 br house w/5 acres outside Drumnadrochit, right on Loch Ness and reasonable too, 

Heck, I figure I can do better than that!! 

'Way back this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crathes_Castle was in the family of my granny [Dad's mom]. Surely they'd give a long-lost [and not overly flush with doh-rey-me] relative  a couple of days/nights free lodging???   

A couple of my siblings have checked it out, but so far I haven't been off this continent [Newfieland and Vancouver Island don't count wink ].

Edited by - Owen on 11/26/2021 07:54:58

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:21:19 AM
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Hi Owen, we didn't get into Aberdeenshire, we made the grand circle Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness, Dingwall, west to Skye, down to Sterling and back to Edinburgh. Shame, I would have liked to see and tour this one. That bit about the Mesolithic lunar calendar is especially interesting ( history nut here, and my son is a History teacher!) I hope you get the chance to visit it!

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:35:12 AM

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I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life in 1969 when I had choice of duty stations coming out of Navy 'A' school. Had I known then what I know now, I'd have picked Edzell Scotland, and could have spent 2 or more years there. I still hope to visit someday, even though our base was closed years ago.

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:46:28 AM

Buddur

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3102 posts since 10/23/2004

Some beautiful pics. Thanks for posting.

Had a shot of McClellands single malt the other night. Wow was is smooth and tasty. Good stuff.

Nov 26, 2021 - 8:59:17 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by wrench13

I Love Scotland. I've been there 3x, once in 1989 on tour with a bluegrass band for 3 weeks, once in 1999 for a week on business outside Glasgow ( which turned into a week of just doing not much of anything) and lastly 6 years ago when my son took me there for 10 days of distilleries and castles by day and jam sessions by night, for my 60th. I'd retire there in a heartbeat, but the mrs has too many health issues for a move that big. I found a beautiful 2 br house w/5 acres outside Drumnadrochit, right on Loch Ness and reasonable too, but the nearest hospital was like 40 miles away. Never realized the hunting could be good there, but the highlands have room for anything, right?


It's a wonderful place, I have at least a week vacation on the east coast every summer and then maybe 2  trips up to the west coast hunting, or stalking as we call it - you may have read about Sherlock Homes' Deerstalker hat!  The shooting and fishing is fantastic, as is the scenery and for us in the UK, vast wide open spaces.  I would happily retire there tomorrow too.

Nov 26, 2021 - 9:01:39 AM

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Originally posted by Buddur


Had a shot of McClellands single malt the other night. Wow was is smooth and tasty. Good stuff.


I cant drink whisky any more - I had a Scottish friend who was a big fan and had a very generous poring arm.  We'd only see each other once or twice a year and after sitting up into the early hours whilst he kept pouring - i just can't face uit anymore!!

Nov 26, 2021 - 9:12:46 AM
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dat

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Im like that with tequila, after an all nighter back 30 plus years ago, even just the smell of tequila gets to me.
Never match shots with a guy named Big Bob, or probably big anybody, or just don’t try to match shots, pour your own and don’t try to keep up, but I'm a slow learner 

Edited by - dat on 11/26/2021 09:13:23

Nov 26, 2021 - 9:29:22 AM

4016 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by dat

Im like that with tequila, after an all nighter back 30 plus years ago, even just the smell of tequila gets to me.
Never match shots with a guy named Big Bob, or probably big anybody, or just don’t try to match shots, pour your own and don’t try to keep up, but I'm a slow learner 


I'm glad it's not just me smiley

Nov 26, 2021 - 9:56:30 AM

41 posts since 11/9/2021

There used to be a pretty big bluegrass festival in Perth, back in '89. When we played it , we were the hot shot band (?) from the USA, but there were some mighty fine pickers in the local bands too. One band had this midget mandolin player who would run around the stage playing. Good mando too.

Nov 26, 2021 - 11:31:43 AM

12688 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Looks gorgeous! Next time I go to Scotland for golf I think I'll try and sneak my BAR 30-06 into my golf bag!smiley  If they question me I'll tell them I am shooting gophers!


To be honest, I could have done with that yesterday for the one that got away smiley.  Pack something a little more conservative, and don't expect the Gleneagles hotel smiley


My last visit we did not stay at Gleneagle Hotel, but we did stay at the Turnberry Hotel, a real nice hotel in North Berwick, and a nice one I do not remember the name of in Inverness.  We went over at the end of march and my friend Pete Dye (another golf architect) convinced my wife that she would probably not survive the cold weather, so she just knew the Turnberry Hotel would be about 40 degrees (F) in the halls and our room.  When we got there the temp in the rooms much have been 80 degrees and even the chrome bars that the towels were draped over were heated. smiley  Other than than British Air losing out golf clubs and my wifes clothes, everything was splendid!

Nov 26, 2021 - 12:34:02 PM
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DC5

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We stayed 1 or 2 nights in Inverness on our honeymoon. I wanted to move to Scotland, and my bride couldn't wait to get out. We compromised and left the next morning.

Nov 26, 2021 - 12:40:58 PM

4016 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Spaniel
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Looks gorgeous! Next time I go to Scotland for golf I think I'll try and sneak my BAR 30-06 into my golf bag!smiley  If they question me I'll tell them I am shooting gophers!


To be honest, I could have done with that yesterday for the one that got away smiley.  Pack something a little more conservative, and don't expect the Gleneagles hotel smiley


My last visit we did not stay at Gleneagle Hotel, but we did stay at the Turnberry Hotel, a real nice hotel in North Berwick, and a nice one I do not remember the name of in Inverness.  We went over at the end of march and my friend Pete Dye (another golf architect) convinced my wife that she would probably not survive the cold weather, so she just knew the Turnberry Hotel would be about 40 degrees (F) in the halls and our room.  When we got there the temp in the rooms much have been 80 degrees and even the chrome bars that the towels were draped over were heated. smiley  Other than than British Air losing out golf clubs and my wifes clothes, everything was splendid!


I have family in North Berwick - I'll be there for New Year in fact, it's a lovely spot.

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