Blogs from Lochinver, Sutherland, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver September 12th 2015

Geo: 58.1474, -5.24238Brekkies again in our room. We left a little after 10am. It was windy and overcast, but only a little rain. We made a stop at Eilean Douane castle, which was interesting. The castle sits on a small island in a loch, and you can easily see why it is photographed a lot. The keep is decorated in Scottish-Edwardian, if there is such a thing. Lots of recent family photographs as well as older portraits. The castle had been destroyed (like many others) during the Jacobite rebellion, and it was rebuilt in the early 20th century when the current owner married a distillery heiress and suddenly had the funds for construction. It was rebuilt on the old plans.After the castle, we drove to the isle of Skye, where we had coffee then a picnic ... read more
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver November 12th 2010

I know its been a long time since my last blog entry but there is a good reason why. Well mostly because it was pretty uneventful. The other main reason is that Ive pretty much had absolutely no internet access. Im now back to civilisation and where I have time on my hands to try and recap. Ive now finished work and left Lochinver well over a week ago, and looking back its been a pretty good memory and the last month or so had turned out to be quite a lot of fun. The end of the season was coming up and the hotel had become a lot less busy, so everyone had pretty much just relaxed at work and pretty much just fucked around. It became pretty enjoyable to work which was good because ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver October 5th 2010

Homesickness. It’s something that I infrequently have to deal with. When I was leaving Australia I knew what I was getting myself into and I only felt great anticipation rather than fear or loss of what I was leaving behind. Every now and then I guess it’s normal to just crave home comforts. To be honest, most of it is related to food. I miss vegemite on toast, charcoal chicken, dim sims, roast potatoes, tim tams and on the odd occasion twisties. Home cooked meals obviously, even though I’m having meals cooked at a four star restaurant, it really can never compare to familiar tastes. Having a shitty kitchen and shitty cooking resources doesn’t help, neither does being lazy and unmotivated to really cook anything. Well that’s not entirely true. When I first came here, I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver September 12th 2010

Getting to Lochinver was a mission in itself. There wasn’t a lot of information available, and hardly anyone really knew how to get there. The first stop was easy enough, I had to make my way to Inverness. I went on to the customer service desk and asked how to get to Lochinver, the number 67 bus with a connection at Ullapool. Which bus do I connect with? Not sure. What time will it come? Don’t know. That was pretty much the theme. I got to Ullapool easy enough, but from there the same questions yielded the same answers. Even the bus timetable was really unclear, there were different times for summer, winter and school days. I asked at the Ullapool pier, they told me to go to the Information Centre. The guy there told me ... read more
Debbie hiding from the camera
John taking in the linen
Me and Debbie

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver September 12th 2010

Being a general assistant at Inver Lodge for the most part is piss easy. Our shifts are split into three categories: Early shift, 8am to 3pm and usually includes a second two or three hour shift to cover dinner; Late shift 3pm to close; or the 12pm to close shift. For most of the day I do nothing. Most tasks are very quick and easy. I pretty much have to do light cleaning duties like vacuum and mop, take the linen down to the laundry, clean and stock the bar, serve lunch when I’m on and man the bar at nights. So yeah the majority of the day I’m doing nothing, it’s only really lunch and dinner that gets busy, more dinner than lunch. At nights I have to serve snacks and drinks to people just ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver September 12th 2010

I’ve been in Lochinver now for over a month, and despite working all but 4 days in that month I’ve still managed to get around the area and check it out. Lochinver itself is a decent little town. As you come in the town is split in two through the water bed that leads out to the sea. In terms of shops, it has two groceries, a deli, two restaurants (one of which is Michelin star rated, the other is Inver Lodge), a whole bunch of B&B’s and two pubs. There is one set of traffic lights for a pedestrian crossing which is always on green (actually I have seen it red once, some foreigners had pressed the button even though there were no cars. They were probably Spanish). Needless to say in terms of entertainment, ... read more
River Inver
Loch Inver at sunset
Achmelvic Beach

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver September 9th 2010

I've been on the road now for almost two months and I've finally started this blog that I always planned on doing. Obviously I've been pretty lazy. But I guess it's better late than never. Well the main reason was at the start it was a lot easier to be in contact with people. I had time, internet access and a real want to talk and message people back home. Don't get me wrong, I still want to contact everyone, it's just that now that I'm working and the internet access where I'm living is a pile of shit, it has become a hell of a lot harder. And let's face it, sending the same message and writing the same thing over and again gets incredibly tedious. The other obvious reason is for me to look ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver August 1st 1980

Geo: 58.1474, -5.24238At breakfast this morning, Ann and I sat with a family from Chester. We discussed the differences between Britain and California. They had toured California and thought that Britain had more varied terrain. Really? We asked. Did you see the low desert sand dunes? The high desert valleys? The temperate rain forest? The scrubland? The high peaks? The glaciers? The rolling farmland? No - they had drive up Highway 5 from LA to SFO. Seen nothing else.The day was so clear and beautiful when we left. Driving was stop and go for two reasons. First, even though we were driving on a major highway, it was a one-lane road. Whenever we passed another car, one of us had to pull into a passing place and wait. Each time that happened, the driver that sped ... read more

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