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Ft. Augustus to Loch Oich

semi-overcast 61 °F

We spent the morning wandering around Ft. Augustus as the barge made its way up the step locks. Included was a cafe stop for a raisin scone and hot chocolate. After stopping for lunch after the Locks, five of us decided to make the 7 mile journey to our next stop by bicycle as the barge made its way to Loch Oich - our stop for the night.

The Gaelic name for the modern village is Cille Chuimein and until the early 18th century the settlement was called Kiliwhimin. It was renamed Fort Augustus after the Jacobite Rising of 1715. In the aftermath of the Jacobite rising in 1715, General Wade built a fort (taking from 1729 until 1742) which was named after the Duke of Cumberland. Wade had planned to build a town around the new barracks and call it Wadesburgh. The settlement grew, and eventually took the name of this fort. The fort was captured by the Jacobites in March 1746, just prior to the Battle of Culloden. In 1867, the fort was sold to the Lovat family, and in 1876 they passed the site and land to the Benedictine order. The monks established Fort Augustus Abbey and later a school.

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Posted by rpickett 13:40 Archived in Scotland Tagged augustus ft. Comments (0)

Celebrity Edge

Embarkation

sunny 88 °F
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For me it is always exciting when a new ship comes out and I am able to go to sea on it. Such was the excitement for boarding Celebrity Edge.
Edge has its own free app, which allows you to check in electronically, register your credit card and take a selfie for your picture in the system. The app the generates your set sail pass. When you arrive at the terminal, an agent scans your pass with a hand-held computer, scans your passport and then you board the ship. No standing in line. Your key is waiting for you at your stateroom. It was easy and fast as there was no waiting when we arrived just after noon.
The first night we ate at Raw on 5, one of the specialty restaurants, which features sushi and a variety of other seafood favorites. My brother and I are sailing with some clients who are friends from my time in the Navy, and we are enjoying each other's company.

Our cabin has in infinite balcony, a new feature on the Edge, which allows you to turn your balcony into part of your cabin, or pull a partition, and open the window and it becomes a traditional cruise ship balcony. Keeping the balcony as part of the cabin creates a great picture window overlooking the ocean. It's a great innovation.

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Posted by rpickett 12:19 Archived in USA Tagged lauderdale ft. Comments (1)

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