Welcome to JohnMichaels Pub's Blog

Welcome. I moved to Nashville in 2001, and have be blessed to make some wonderful friends. After moving from a house in Florida, to an apartment in Nashville, I missed being able to entertain groups of friends simply due to lack of space. When I finally decided to make Nashville my home and buy a house here, I wanted a space that friends to gather and socialize in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The basement in my new house, which opens into the back yard made the perfect space, so JohnMichael's Pub was born. I have made a couple of trips to Ireland since moving to Nashville and loved the atmosphere of the pubs there. So I made my pub to resemble an Irish style pub to give the atmosphere of a local community pubs in Ireland, but of course it is not a true "Pub" (Public house) since it private place for my friends to gather. I plan to use this blog to post thoughts, ideas, recipes and a variety of other things related to my pub and the parties held there. If you see anything here that interests you, feel free to email me. I have a great group of friends that is very diverse, but I am always open to making new friends.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Day 12- Further into the highlands.

Ferry Inn, the house we are staying at is on a peninsula at the edge of the highlands. Some of the pictures you have seen were from the highland area just north of here, such as the hiking photos. Today we visited the highland town of Inveraray. The castle shown here is the family home of the Duke of Argile, who is married to the heiress to the Cadbury fortune (yes the Cadbury Candy eggs people). The castle was built in 1745 on the ruins of a 15th century castle. The towers were added in the late 1800's.

This second photo shows a good view of the entire castle. The photo below it is of the highland cattle in a field near the castle. Notice they have longer hair than than our American breeds.

From there we drove up to Loch Awe to see the
ruin of Kilchurn Castle, built in the mid 1400's. The castle was abandoned in the 18th century after it was struck by lightning. It sits right on Loch Awe, which is the largest fresh water loch in Scotland, streaching 25 miles. Behind the castle is Ben Cruachan, a mountain that almost 3,700 feet.

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