I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
You would think we had seen enough locks
Today we left Oban where we spent the past
week and went north towards Inverness. This route took us along the coast for a
while and then along a series of lochs, including Loch Ness.
As before, this was an “A” series road,
meaning it was two lanes, but often I would come across “Lorries” (that’s
Scottish for 18 wheels), on corners with barely a foot of space between him and
me, and there were spots with the now familiar warning “Oncoming vehicles may
be in the middle of the road”. It was however a beautiful drive through the
Driving along the Scottish Lochs, the most
surprising feature is that they are generally completely undeveloped. There is
nothing on them. There might be a small town along the way on the lakeshore,
but mostly they are unspoiled beautiful lakes with trees and fields. Although
after spending a month in the UK where it rained sometime every day, perhaps
the Scots just do not see living near the water as a positive thing.
As you drive through the Highlands, you are
constantly presented with place names from back home in Nova Scotia, especially
Cape Breton, and realize that this is where they come from. These are the
Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness
“highlands” that inspired the name given to Nova Scotia communities by the
Scottish immigrants who settled in Cape Breton.
We looked for Nessie, but did not see her.
However we did stop at the Castle Urquhart for a visit. It was cold and wet and
according to the plaques around the place, the nasty Clan MacDonald, did a
pretty good job of destroying the castle a number of times, so there was not
much shelter from the Scottish rain. It was an interesting visit, and the
castle, although nothing but a ruin now was well presented and you got a good
picture of what life here was like.
Our Hotel In Inverness
Inverness is as far north as we go, and
tomorrow we head back down to Sterling and Falkirk, and then to Glasgow for the