Day 3 – Church of the Holy Rude

Today’s Blog from the Concert Choir Members:

” ‘ello! I am tired, but am having fun. My home stay experience was very interesting. I spent two days on a 100 acre farm with 400 dairy cows. We had many Scottish specialties at each meal. I liked the fact that Mr. Megloin was half Irish. When I told him my last name, he immediately spoke about Ireland and how he was just in the country two weeks ago. I am now sitting at a dinner table about to eat duck. The window in front of me looks out into a huge lake with mountains or ‘hills’ on each side. Having a great time!”

~Will Donovan

“We sang at the Holy Rude Church of Scotland this morning. Interestingly, I learned that many Scotsman pronounce it incorrectly: ‘Holly Rude’ although it is pronounced the way it is spelled: ‘Holy Rude’ It was beautiful and has been in use for over 600 years. On a more musical note, the acoustics were beautiful and our performance reflected that. Behind the church was an expansive graveyard (aka kirkyard) with records dating back to 1579. In the center of the kirkyard was a hill that allowed visitors a magnificent view of Stirling Castle, the city itself and the rolling hills and mountains.”

~Susanna Anderson

“We left Stirling today and headed over to Lock Lomond. The weather was absolutely beautiful, a few clouds here and there. The scenery was stunning. There were rivers and a lake nestled between tall steep hills that were half covered with pine leaving the tops exposed to the elements. This is definitely a place to come back to and visit. This probably is the best group tour I have been on in my life.”

~Morgan Gerville-Reache

“After performing at the Holy Rude Church we boarded our coach to enjoy a drive along the rolling hills of Scotland. It was extremely windy and the grass looked like rolling waves in the ocean. We also drove along Loch Lomond which has some of the bluest water I have ever seen! After about a 30 minute drive we stopped at a little park to have lunch along at Luss. Before getting back on the coach we thought it would be appropriate for Off Kilter to sing ‘Loch Lomond’ on the bonnie bonnie banks of Lock Lomond.”

~Leah Scheafnocker

“After we left Lock Lomond we boarded the bus and headed toward Ballachulish. On the way, we stopped at Loch Tulla to take some gorgeous pictures of the highlands. We even had an up-close encounter with a couple ‘Scottish elk.’ They posed for some pictures with an absolutely incredible background. We then drove through Glencoe and WOW! it is gorgeous. Several films have used the Glencoe mountains including Harry Potter and Monty Python. Glencoe is by far the most beautiful place we have been thus far. From there we drove to our hotel which is right next to Loch Leven. Our hotel has the most amazing view and excellent food. We are currently waiting for the second course of our 3-course dinner. But, we are having such an amazing time and if you ever get the chance, you have to come to Scotland!”

~Alonda Cutshaw

“We arrived in Ballachulish our destination for the next two evenings. It is surrounded by the Highland Hills in every directions. The hotel is superb, with the windows overlooking the lake of Loch Leven. The room is simple and elegant, typical of European style. The bathroom even has a notice about revising the towels and is an excellent example of the conservative attitude of the Scots in regard to the environment. The area is a major shift from the previous night’s stay in Stirling, the area being serene. Several local areas were recognized from movies and other media events. The attitude is quite different from the hustle and bustle of Americans, plenty more time is spent eating and relaxing. Even the local shops close before 6pm and an air of relaxation is evident. The curiosity of local history brings out interesting perspectives and the thoughts of wandering legends. The locals are still direct descendants from famous Scots we have studied or heard. The days to come will be filled with new experiences and an even increasing awareness of this unique lifestyle.”

~Daniel Wilder

Tomorrow we travel to Iona…

Published in: on May 25, 2008 at 9:11 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. This idea is awesome. Can pretend I am on tour with you… My favorite pictures so far – Nate and the ?pastor? and Off Kilter singing at Loch Lomond – only wish they came with sound effects. Love hearing comments from all. Glad to see the weather is showing off Scotland at its best. Continue to have a great time. Love to all – Nate’s Mom 🙂

  2. Must agree with Nate’s Mom…”Loch Lomond” is by far my very favorite song in the repertoire…it is truly beautiful. The pic of Off Kilter singing the song on the bonnie, bonnie banks brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye!!
    — Nate’s Dad

  3. Love the blog. Love the pictures. Thanks for the daily update. It makes those of us back home very envious of your experiences. I would love to hear your fabulous music in the cathedrals. I’m certain it’s awesome–what a praise! Take care and have a great rest of the week. Tell Becca everyone @ home’s keeping track of the visit & that Kevin got back from Michigan just fine.

    Julie Thompson

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