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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty June 22nd 2014

Saturday 21 We awoke to sunshine and after breaky cycled to the local Flea Market for a bit of retail therapy. Once packed we headed off with Fort William entered into the sat nav. On route we stopped and took in the views at the Black Mount overlooking LochTulla for lunch then continuing through stunning scenery in Glen Coe arriving at Glen Nevis campsite beneath the Ben Nevis mountain range. Already the views have been amazing and not one mile of our journey has disappointed. after booking into camp site we went for a drive up the valley to visit Lower Falls waterfall right in the heart of the national park. Pasta and garlic bread for tea and a walk to the local pub for a couple of beers. A great day! Sunday 22 A grimmer ... read more


It is time to update a little my visits. Since my last blog entry, I have been finding a little bit a time between my work shifts to see a bit more of Scotland's beauty. The most interesting was the Kyle line, a train scenic tour that leaves from Inverness and stops where the line finishes at Kyle of Localsh. A 2hours and a half trip that goes through magnificent sceneries and wildlife. Kyle of Localsh was a little disappointing, not much to see but all forgotten when I hoped back on the train and surprisingly enjoyed a different scenery on the return and had the pleasure of seeing deers and red deer on the way. No just enjoy the pictures :)... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool September 15th 2013

Once more I was lucky enough to be invited up to stay at my friend Maureen’s house up in ‘Wee Bonny Scotland’ for some late summer roaming in the gloaming, or rather some more Munro Bagging after I began the challenge last year. And for those who aren’t in the know, it isn’t some kind of parcelling up of Marilyn lookilikees but rather collecting peaks in Scotland which are over 3000ft high (here’s the geek bit: A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891). There are a grand total of 282 of these Munros and so I’ve got a few to go having bagged only ... read more
Scotch Pie
The view over Foyers
The falls of Foyers

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Dornie April 13th 2012

We woke to a chilly but another glorious morning and headed off to take pictures of the most beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. The story goes - there are alot of stories aren't there? It only helped me to love the country more and more, so I am hoping I can share the love... :-) Anyway, the story goes that the King had 5 daughters who were very beautiful but far too picky and couldn't decide on a husband. Two Irish fishermen turned up one day and had to spend time in the castle while their boat got fixed and the two youngest daughters fell in love. As the youngest daughters couldn't get married before the older daughters, the Irishmen were quite desperate to marry and told the King they had 3 older brothers back home who ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool April 10th 2012

We left early to make our way to the top of Scotland. Our first stop was officially Glennaffrick. But this happened after the unofficial stop where our tour guide Carol/Peggy decided driving away with the bus luggage door open was a bad idea and had to run back down the road to ensure we hadn't lost any luggage. So to ensure we all had as much morning exercise, she took us tomthe official spot of Glenaffrick where we climbed the mountain and saw an incredible view! It was a good way to wake up after a long night and we all felt better after a walk (or most of us did). One clan member may have had a little too much alcohol and was pretty seedy... (it wasn't me) but still managed to clamber up. Bonus ... read more
View from the top
Morning Walk
Whisky in your whiskers?

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Tain September 19th 2011

A little bit more relaxing day today. We didn’t have to be anywhere today, since we’re staying here for 2 nights. We did a geocache in town that consisted of multiple places you had to go to collect information to find the cache. This took us around the immediate vicinity of the Castle Hotel and got us acquainted with the local history. After finding the cache in a local wooded area, we walked around the residential section of town and saw the Golf Course. Engineered by Donald Ross, it’s one of the first around and brought tourism to this little place in the early 1900’s. We went through a small museum in town full of little artifacts from the Norse to the Jacobites, Witch Trials to Priests. Incidentally the castle we’re staying in was the Bishop’s ... read more
Narrow Road to Lighthouse
Lighthouse Tarbat Ness
Coastline Tarbat Ness

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Kyleakin September 14th 2011

Waking this morning we caught a glimpse of some promising sunlight on the light clouds as the sun was rising. How the spirits rose at such a sight. But we have learnt on this part of the trip that you have to treasure each moment because they don’t always last. We stayed the night in a delightful B & B with a wonderful hostess. At breakfast we met our fellow guests, two couples from Grenoble in France. It was great to chat and compare travel experiences with fellow travellers. After farewells all round we stopped briefly in the town centre of Ullapool, the scene of last night’s umbrella disaster. This morning the wind was no better but there was no rain, yet. Our Great Grandmother came from this area so we wandered around the local old ... read more
Rushing waters
Typical Highland colours
A familiar scene with its own beauty

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool September 13th 2011

We slept well in our cosy room, with no wind or rain that we were aware of, then it was up and away on the adventure of going west across the top of Scotland before turning south to Ullapool. It’s fair to say the morning was not dry or sunny but we had hopes of improvement through the day. As we drove, the land changed from farmland to wild moor and mountain land with breathtaking landform and colours. In places the brilliant purple heather was still in full flower, while the green bracken was turning to yellow, orange and brown, making for a rich effect a little like crushed velvet spread across the land. Our cameras were in constant use and we stopped countless times in the little passing places on the narrow road in order ... read more
Tongue
Durness beach
The quiet life

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool October 14th 2010

Today's challenge... get back before dinner.... We're going to explore some of the western highlands and sea coast. Notrh to Inverness and then point towards the sea...... whoops there's a distillery over there.... Good news - bad news. Bad news first... the distillery is doing a complete overhaul so there is no tour thru the plant. The good news... the tourist center is still open and we get to do tastings!!!! Tried the Singelton 12 yr old..... lordy is that stuff smooth. 2 years ago they started to finish the curing by putting it into bourbon and sherry barrels. OK now that we are all liqoured up, back into the car... We are now convinced that all road engineers in the UK are permanently drunk. Hills, winding roads, 3 lanes 2 lanes, no lanes, dips, cattle ... read more
Ord
signs
cemetery

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Muir of Ord September 30th 2010

While we´ve been staying in the Muir of Ord area we´ve been lucky enough to do some house and animal sitting. The first was for two weeks at Keith´s cousin Katrina and Roddy´s beautiful house in the country. With its picture windows, rolling lawns, lovely art and views across to the Moray Firth, its a great place to spread out for a couple of weeks. They even let us use their car while they are away. Major bonus. On the first night three roe deer visit us, browsing on the front lawn, and in total relax mode we watch our first DVD for months. Katrina and Roddy´s sons Ewen and David live just up the hill with their families and we manage to fit in a great BBQ party which goes long into the night/morning. Keith ... read more
Housesitting
The crew at the loch
My first tick!




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