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It's odd, SLSD.

 

Galeforce, I can now see all of the photos up to and including your post #79.I can't see the ones you've posted after that.

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Rothesay, Isle of Bute

 

Went on to a Glasgow message board so here are a few ideas for Rothesay and Bute.

 

Come out the pier and you have the square in front of you, look to the front right hand corner of the square and there's a hotel/restaurant. Go up to first floor. for great views of the pier and seafront. Best fish and chips in town and plenty of locals eat in there.

 

This one is a bit strange but for men only ....... visit the gents toilet on the pier before you go home, it's been slightly modernised but all the old basins and urinals from 60 years ago have been refurbished and still there. The building is a living museum of plumbing (and cleaning).

A visit to Mount Stuart House is a must if you have 2-3 hours. Stunning architecture.

Livingstones [restaurant] is nice and 51st state for pub type grub is good too.

 

If you like beer, the Bute Brew Co. ....

 

http://www.butebrewco.co.uk/

 

If anyone is planning to go into Glasgow (don't know if feasible) then let me know for places to visit.

 

Anyone going across to Largs, make sure you have an ice cream at Nardinis.

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I can see the photo of the coffee in #92, fairly sure I've seen all the others, was there a photo of the steam train windows "steamed up" ?

Great photos BTW :)

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Rothesay, Isle of Bute

 

Also - and assuming decent weather - the sail in and sail away should be very nice. Views of Millport, Little Cumbrae and then Arran with the mainland on the other side.

 

Basking sharks are sometimes to be found in these waters so keep an eye out for them.

 

Another type of shark might be a nuclear submarine heading up to her base at Faslane. But don't worry .... they only torpedo Regent and Silverseas ships. :D:D

 

Once past Arran look out for Ailsa Craig which is a large rock sticking up out of the Firth of Clyde. On the other side you should see (hopefully) the Mull of Kintyre.

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Thanks for all the Rothesay tips. Here are more petit fours. The upload feature has reverted to how it was from the start.

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We called in to the pub in Castletown near the station. It had the CAMRA real ale award for one year. The bar was furnished with plaques bearing the names of the stations on the steam line. I tried some Bushy local ale. bf879afc12bf6789cedaa01893a84fa2.jpg01a735128b54b78ba3f119a9414e9572.jpg

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I can see the photos you have just posted.

 

Looks as if SB have upped their petit four game, good to see. They were rather same-y on Sojourn last January.

 

Great bar!

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From Seabourn Square with love...

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Re the coffee, It’s times like this when I wish there was a like button.

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Found the Bute Brew Co after an open top bus tour of the island, which was packed with passengers from the ship. It was a great overview with a humorous driver, Paul. 33452650e45d39585e4b82180bfa3ece.jpg

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The bus tour was £8 for seniors or £10 otherwise. We saw rural scenes, many breeds of cattle, eagles, fine Victorian buildings and other islands, including Arran.

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We are joining the ship in Reykjavik on August 6th. It is my understanding the Quest underwent some refurbishment this past Spring. Can you confirm and let us know what was done and how she looks? Also can you find out when they plan to convert the Patio Grill in the evening to Earth and Ocean. Thanks . . .

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We are joining the ship in Reykjavik on August 6th. It is my understanding the Quest underwent some refurbishment this past Spring. Can you confirm and let us know what was done and how she looks? Also can you find out when they plan to convert the Patio Grill in the evening to Earth and Ocean. Thanks . . .

 

 

 

Not by the time you cruise, so check it out when you board!

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Eleanor, we stopped in the same pub in Castletown yesterday.

 

 

 

Still have not met you on board .

 

 

 

Hi FlyingScotSailors - I’m not hiding!! Are you having a good time?

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The photo posted by galeforce9 earlier is of the paddle steamer Waverley which is the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world.

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