Scotland 08 – Friday

Heavy rain most of the night and still going strong in the morning. We did not feel motivated to do very much. We had planned a day out in a particularly beautiful area near by including a couple of waterfall visits. We decided, somewhat reluctantly, to head back to Inverness and hit the shopping centre. My eldest daughter hates shopping so this was not a great option for her. Not great for the dogs either but it was time for some retail therapy. We had a great Italian meal for lunch (decent places Read more […]

Scotland 08 – Thursday

Awoken by my youngest daughter at 7.20am today. Had hoped to lie in for a change as I have been getting up before 7am so far. Understandable though as it was her 15th birthday. We quickly got ourselves together and went through the appropriate ceremonies. The best part was when we revealed that, contrary to all the misdirection we had been given, we had in fact managed to obtain a Nintendo Wii Fitness board for her. Sadly, although we had brought the Wii with us complete with SCART connector and Read more […]

Scotland 08 – Wednesday

We headed for Inverness again today with a stop on the way at the Loch Ness Visitors’ Centre. We have been the latter in the past and not much has changed – still loads of "tat" (as my parents would have said) for gullible tourists to waste their money on. The associated hotel on the other hand was very nice and looked to offer some good value meals. We simply had a few drinks which we drank whilst sank into the very comfortable leather settees. As a change from the usual tourist Read more […]

Scotland 08 – Tuesday

I wanted to minimise the amount of driving I did today so we chose to go to the nearest town: Fort Augustus. This is a very popular tourist spot featuring a series of locks on the Caledonian Canal leading down to Loch Ness. I did an unsuccessful hunt for Internet access in the town whilst the rest of the family visited a rare-breeds farm. We tend to eat outside a lot because we normally have the dogs with us and do not want to leave them in the car. Unfortunately, this brings us to the front-line Read more […]

Scotland 08 – Monday

Heading to Skye was an obvious choice give we were already on the main road for Skye via the Skye bridge. We were tempted to go by ferry for part of the journey but saved that for later. I have happy memories of Skye from when I was a child. We set off with no particular purpose other than just finding somewhere nice to be out and about where we could let the dogs run free. Sadly, the weather was against us. There was heavy rain most of the time. Actually, we do not mind rain that much – we Read more […]

Scotland 08 – Sunday, the first day of our holiday

The priority for today was to get some more fuel and provisions. We had found several garages the day before had no diesel which was a bit worrying as we only had about 70 miles left in the tank. We headed to Inverness, about 35 miles away. If we did not find fuel there then we  would be stuffed. Fortunately, we did find fuel without problems as we neared Inverness. No doubt we could have risked waiting and finding the cheapest option but we just wanted to have a full tank and not worry about Read more […]

Scotland 08 – Holiday time

We have been to Scotland many many times over the years. My parents used to take me regularly and I have picked up the habit. Generally though, when I say Scotland I actually mean the Highlands of Scotland – typically Glen Coe and beyond. We have stayed in Fort William many times. This time we were booked into one of two chalets located on a road to Skye about 30 miles south of Inverness. We set off around 7.30am. We needed to arrive by mid-evening really. Allowing for stops, we expected the Read more […]

Roof box

We have a choice of three cars for the journey to Scotland. My preferred choice was to use my company car: the most comfortable for me, the most fuel efficient, and the one I would prefer to put mileage on. However, even though my company car is a modern Ford Mondeo estate, it is smaller than the main alternative: a Volvo XC90 (a 4×4 soft-roader) – potentially the ideal car for some parts of the Highlands. All cars have tow-bars and we have two trailers: a small one and, well, a large one. Space Read more […]

Dreadful drive to the campsite

The Met office posted severe weather warnings, and they were not kidding. Much of the drive down to Pembrokshire earlier today was in very heavy – torrential – rain. Visibility was obviously very limited. It always takes longer when towing the trailer – not because of any weakness on the part of the car but just because of me being more careful. We had also made the decision to go as far as possible by motorway for a change. Given we were travelling on the Sunday of a bank-holiday Read more […]