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Scottish Highland Trip04/04/2010 - 3:02 PM
Well, its that time again. A blog entry, yay.
Just had a great week away with Mary. The plan was to visit some Highland areas, and head off to John O Groats.
We made Spean Bridge our first stop over point. I wanted to stop on Rannoch Moor, but the weather was awful, so we bypassed that. We visited Glenfinnan and the monument. we passed through Spean Bridge to the Commando Monument, and then headed back to Spean Bridge to the B n B. A nice wee place and friendly.
The next day we were heading up to Dornie and the world famous Eilean Donan castle. Mary had never been and I wanted to go back so it made sense to do it again.
We had a great breakfast and headed off from Spean Bridge. We stopped once more at the monument to get a few morning shots, and off we went on our way.
The trip was nice and easy, about 2 hours. We even found a wee spot that I thought had been destroyed. I was up there a few years ago, and found a little area of land where people had left small stone cairns. We found it just after the Bridge of Orchy, and we left our own little monuments there too.
We arrived in good time at Dornie, and headed straight for the castle. We had a good few hours wandering through its narrow corridors, and ancient crenellations.
We headed to the B n B, booked in, and went for a drive down to the Kyle of Lochalsh. We went over the Skye bridge, and turned around again. We found a great wee chippy, and had to try the fish n chips, which were really quite good.
We headed back to the castle car park to wait for the lights to come on, and to see if we were going to get a nice sunset. We waited about an hour and a half, and were rewarded with a glorious sunset.
we retired for the evening with the intention of heading to John o Groats the next day.
We checked the weather, and it was becoming really quite bad, so we had a rethink, and decided try something else.
We drove from Dornie, on the west coast of Scotland, over to Peterhead on the east coast of Scotland. Only afterwards did we learn that was the widest part of the journey, ha ha.
Mary's fanily are from Peterhead, so it was nice to get her back there to the sights and smells of the place. Even if she cant remember where the best local chip shop is.
From Peterhead, we drove off in the direction of Perth, and the Black Watch museum. The weather was abyssmal. We drove through sleet, snow, hail, pounding rain, and blazing sunshine. It was not a great drive, but we got there safely enough.
From Perth, we headed back home to Mary's.
Since then we have also squeezed in a trip back to Rannoch Moor, the tree that I have wanted to visit for so long since I saw it first in Doug McGilvary's portfolio (Highlander). Now sadly passed away, he was the original inspiration for visiting the area, so thank you Doug.
The trip to the tree was brilliant, with a lunch at the Drovers, we were all quite happy.
We also managed to get a visit into Stirling Castle too. Andrew had bever been, so the 3 of us went and had a great day out.
And there you go. Almost 1000 miles travelled around the Highlands of Scotland, and 2 very happy travellers.
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