Will be heading to Scotland and Ireland in the spring, photos a bit of writing.  Feedback desired from any of our regulars there.



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  1. If you make it to Cork, Ireland (The People’s Republic of Cork), drop me a line. After years of reading your articles it would be great to meet up for a pint of the black stuff and of course a mini tour of my home town where the great Michael Collins comes from

  2. JohnZ, as you may know Bluebird K7 has been rebuilt and recently underwent trials on a Scottish loch. She was scheduled to return to Coniston this summer for the tourist season but for reasons that remain a mystery this now isn’t happening. A lot of people, including me, are seriously miffed. Rumours suggest an argument within the family. But whatever, it doesn’t do Donald Campbell’s memory a lot of good.

  3. There is nothing like sailing up the Clyde in the springtime. Glasgow is the only town I ever saw with more bars (pubs) per square foot than the French Quarter of New Orleans.

  4. Gordon: When will you travel and how long do you intend to say in Ireland. Give me an email to contact you at VT. I may have a suggestion or two worth considering. The best.

    • I’m in Scotland with some regularity but not so much in the Western Isles. Ireland, not as much and I need to retake some photos there.

  5. Loch Ness is a long ( about 23 miles) lake in Scotland. This is where the great racer John Cobb from England sought to set a world water speed record in 1952 with his jet powered speed boat Crusader. He exceeded 200 mph one way but the boat appeared to strike debris and blew up killing him before he could make the required reverse run for a record. Here is a film clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYrafKbTqV4 Cobb had already set a world land speed record in his race car the piston engined four wheel drive with two Merlin Aircraft engines Railton Special at Bonneville, Utah in 1947 of just under 400 mph. He is credited as the first man to travel over 400 mph on land and 200 mph on water. Unfortunately these great achievements were not good enough to be Knighted.

  6. If we re-immigrate to our ancestral home may we keep our Social Security payments?

    Ask around and let us know.

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