So…. the day before, my friend discovered that our favorite show Outlander “might” be filming in nearby Paisley. We had plans to go sailing on our friends boat today, but were not leaving until closer to lunchtime. We decided to grab a quick coffee and pastry for breakfast and head out to see if we would get lucky and see some Outlander.
We had to make sure we didn’t end up on one of the streets that were to be closed off for filming and somehow, we lucked up and found a parking spot just around the corner from the action and yes there was action! As we walked up to the barricades we could see multiple large trucks and a vintage car that appeared to be staged for filming, we could not believe our luck and the excitement was building, who would we see?
Imagine our excitement when one of the stars of the show, Caitriona Balfe (Claire) shows up! I think this was already becoming one of the highlight days of our already spectacular trip. We were able to watch the entire process of filming the scene with “Claire” exiting the car. When this was complete, they were like a mound of ants scurrying to clean up and move along to the next set, which appeared to be inside the large church just up the street. They started allowing pedestrian traffic, so we walked down to the other end of the blocked off street, so that we could get a better glimpse of the activity going on at the church. We saw many actors in vintage dress and again caught a glimpse of Caitriona. It was said at the end of filming she came out and met the fans that were still there, this was late in the afternoon so we were long gone and off on our next adventure, sailing!
We hopped in the car and headed towards the marina in Inverkip, near the port of Greenock, which is where you will dock if arriving by cruise ship. We could not have asked for better weather for sailing, it was a gorgeous sunny day again with blue skies as far as the eye could see.
We were sailing over to the Isle of Bute to have a quick look around. Our friends had picked up sandwich supplies and sodas as well as some Scottish staples like meat pies and Tunnock’s confections for dessert. We enjoyed a really nice lunch surrounded by water, fresh air, sunshine and good company. When we arrived at Bute, we docked at the main town on the island, Rothesay. The island was known as Rothesay in the Viking era and the town’s name is a carryover from that. One thing Rothesay is known for and we were told we should see, are the Victorian toilets located beside the harbor. Yes you heard that right, we were checking out some potties! The men’s toilets are the one’s that should be seen and us girls managed to get a peek at them too. It is worth a peek in, if you would like to see a well preserved example of Victorian era plumbing and architecture. After our look into the loo, we walked around the waterfront of the town, you can see the ruins of Rothesay castle from there but we did not go for a closer look. Instead, we hit up a chip shop and I had the pleasure of trying some vinegar and salt chips served up in a greasy newspaper…sure wish I could have an order of these every day. (I just realized I didn’t take a photo of these amazing chips, guess I was too busy chowing down.)
It was time to head back, we still had really amazing weather and the cruise back was just as sunny and cool as the trip out. It was so comfortable in fact, that without even realizing it, my husband (and I to a certain extent but not nearly as bad,) got a terrible sunburn. That’s right, two Florida natives got a sunburn, in of all places, Scotland. It was worth it though, what an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
We were so exhausted when we got back to the hotel that we changed our plans to walk over to Lebowski’s for burgers and instead made the big mistake of eating in the hotel’s restaurant, Limelight Bar & Grill. If you like mediocre food, poor service and high prices, then it is the place for you. I really regret that decision, we should have sucked it up and walked somewhere for dinner. No photos to remind myself of that subpar experience.
Tomorrow, we finally head off to the Highlands!