When we wake and check to weather, it looks pretty wet and cold. The Captain said he thought it might improve during the day. We have a car rented for today and had planned to drive first up to the lake area and then over to Stirling Castle. During breakfast we decide to do Sterling first as the rain has let up, and the lake drive won’t be very nice as long as it is so fogy.
This is the easiest rental car we have done. The agent is right in the terminal and the car is right out side in the parking lot. There is also a tourist board in the terminal and they give Carolyn maps and driving info while Dick does the paper work for the car. We are on the road in no time.
Scotland is so much easier to drive in than what we found in England earlier. The drive to Sterling is pleasure. By the time we get there the clouds have lifted and there is a little of sun. Sterling is a cute little village that is a bit touristy in the newer part. We see the sign up to the Castle and make our way up a hill lined with building going back centuries. The castle itself is perched on top a hill with a great view out over the surrounding countryside.
We get cleaned up, have a cocktail while watching the sail away and decide tonight will be salad and pizza in the room. The service is prompt, with nothing left off our order, something the Mariner staff never accomplished in 72 days last year. We have a regular dinning table in the suite and the waiter sets it up just like in the main dinning room including the butter and bread sticks, which we forgot to ask for. Later they come back and clear the service and bring a pot of hot tea to finish the day. So far Seabourn service is every thing that we remember from 2009 and way ahead of the quality of service we received on the Regent Mariner last year. The ship is the perfect size, very comfortable and pure luxury to be on.