GreatScot! Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round – 2nd Outlandish Adventure Day 6

So today started a bit earlier today with a threesome for breakfast. During conversation, we decided that since we only had Lu for a bit longer we would spend the day playing tourist in Glasgow city centre. The best way to do that would utilize the Hop on/Hop Off city tour offered. My mom and I often use these kind of tours when we travel to new cities. It’s a great way to get your bearings in an unfamiliar city and figure out what sites to go back and visit. It also provides transportation between the sites.

Breakfast done, we got our discount vouchers from the concierge desk at the hotel and went down to the convenient bus stop to wait for the tour bus which arrived fairly quickly. With a quick glance up at the sky — it was more sunny than cloudy — we decided we would chance sitting upstairs in the uncovered portion of the double-decker bus. Taking our seats, the bus pulled away and we started our circuit.

After zipping past the first few stops such as the Glasgow Transportation Museum, we alighted at the Kelvingrove Art Museum. Entering and making a donation, we wandered through the galleries looking at the treasures within. We admired the works of the Glasgow Boys as well as Christ of Saint John of the Cross by Salvador Dali. We also listened to a bit of the free organ concert performed on the grand pipe organ in the 2 story atrium.


I think the Kelvingrove needs to update!

After a quick stop in the Kelvingrove cafe for a cuppa, we made our way back out to the tour bus stop to find that it is now raining. However, sun is visible in the distance, so all is not lost. Back on the bus, I managed to snap some lovely pics of the bowls lawns next to the museum as well as a shot of the Kelvingrove and the University of Glasgow. We also made our way past the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the alma mater of one Sam Heughan.


We departed the bus once again at George Square to sneak a peek at another Outlander filming location. Lu and I posed in front of the same archway where Frank and Claire dashed through to get married at the Registry Office. That box ticked, we also made our way to the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art and I took some pics of the statue with the requisite orange cone on its head.

Unfortunately by this time, we needed to get Lu back to the hotel to grab her bag and make her way to the train station for the trip home. After some final hugs and farewells, Lu left and I settled in for a solo night. I passed the time eating dinner in the lounge bar and people watching. My steak and salad were excellent, but all to soon I was sleepy and headed up to bed.


Stay tuned for tomorrow’s adventures. I have no idea what they will be as I have not planned ahead at all.

Slàn leat an-dràsta!

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Outlander Episode 113 – The Watch – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

I think I like this episode more every time I watch it. And even though there’s not Gaelic in them, I think the scenes between Jenny and Claire are my favorites.  That being said, here is the Gaelic I could translate. Note that I’m still waiting on final confirmation for the final thing that Jamie says right before the ambush.

The Watch arrives

5:46 MacQuarrie to Ian for sword

Taing dhut – Thank you


8:36 Jamie to MacQuarrie saying where he’s from.

Na h-Innse Gall – The Western (foreign) Isles

10:33 MacQuarrie toasting

Slàinte mhath – good health

Shoeing the horse

12:14 Jamie to Rabby

A bhalaic – lad

     Rabbie answering

Gun dàil – without delay

Fire in the wagon

Most of this is under Jamie’s breath and I can’t make it out. If anyone else can, leave me a comment.

Horrocks arrival

15:11 Jamie to the dogs

Ist -quiet (several people pointed this out and I think they’re right.)

Fixing the wagon

26:40 Jamie exclaims

Ifrinn – Hell!


Jamie yelling

Still awaiting confirmation on this one. Will update the post when I have it.




Outlander Episode 111 – The Devil’s Mark – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Well, I think this just may be my favorite episode so far, and I promise I don’t say that lightly. The witch trial sequence and Claire’s decision at the stones is one of my very favorite parts of the book and I was so thrilled to see the adaptation live up to it. :-)

As for the Gaelic, again there wasn’t a whole lot of it this week. I’m really hoping that we will get more once the scene shifts to Lallybroch next week. I also apologize for taking a bit longer than normal to get this week’s blog post out but I had to consult with the master to get an accurate translation of the one Gaelic phrase in the episode that everyone wanted to know. ;-)

Jamie comforting Claire after her confession

46:23 Jamie as he holds Claire

Nach gabh u do shocair, a ghràidh – Won’t you take it easy, dear.

47:18 Jamie calls Claire “dear” again

a ghràidh – dear

 Jamie and Claire by the campfire

49:47 Jamie uses his favorite Gaelic endearment

mo nighean donn – My brown-haired lass


Outlander Episode 109: The Reckoning – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Congratulations Outlanders! Our long international nightmare, otherwise known as #Droughtlander, is over (for most of us) and we have survived! The Gàidhlig in this episode, while not plentiful, should prove as a nice refresher for a couple of words and phrases we learned from the first half of the Outlander season.

Return from rescuing Claire

19:39  Rupert to Dougal and the others at the inn

 Ciamar a tha sibh! – Greeting: How are you (plural)!

     Angus to the crowd

Tulach Ard! – MacKenzie war cry

Think again

36:14  Jamie’s response to Claire refusing the bed

 OK. I’ve been corrected here. I thought he was saying ‘Glè mhath. – Very well’ but I’ve gone back and listened again and think Mhairi and Michelle are right. Jamie is actually saying oidhche mhath – Good night.

Oidhche mhath – Good night.

 Also, LearnGaelic retweeted their 20 words post centered around Outlander. It’s a nice refresher with some sound files for names, etc.

Like I said at the start, the Gàidhlig this week wasn’t bountiful, but here’s to looking for more in the weeks to come!


A Day at the Folk Museum starring Miss Candida N. – Scotland Day 14

Candida and I were just a little bummed this morning to be packing up to leave Pitlochry. It’s been such a wonderful home base for our explorations. Thanks again, Susan! I was also just a bit worried looking at all my packages and parcels about getting all the stuff I’ve bought into my suitcases for the trip home. But, like Scarlett, I’ll think about that tomorrow.

We did finally get our stuff loaded though and headed north for the final time. This time our destination was the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore.  Arriving, we checked in at Reception. There is no charge for the Highland Folk Museum, just donations requested to help maintain it, and the friendly person at reception was happy to orient us to the mile-long site. Weather being extremely Scottish at the moment, Candida and I chose to head straight for the 1700’s replica township on site. (Only a 5 minute walk we were promised. I’ve been to Scotland before, so I knew better. Apparently, whoever sets these times walks much fast than I do!) Continue reading