24.05.2015 - 24.05.2015
The highlands call.....
The first place we passed through today was Hellensburgh, on Loch Gare, then we travelled north to Arrochare along Loch Long, where the military bases are. Travelling west we went through the Argyll forrest through Glen Crowe and along the north coast of Loch Fyne to the picturesque town of Inverary. Heading north we went through Glen Aray and along Loch Awe to Inverlochy, Glenlochy which follows the River Lochy to Tyndrum. From there we kept north to the Bridge of Orchy passed numerous peaks and Loch Tulla, Loch Ba, through Rannoch More to Glencoe. We stopped at the visitors centre where there was a display explaining the history and importance of Glencoe.
Glencoe is a beautiful location. By this point there was more snow on the peaks, streams and waterfalls cascading down sides of mountains all the way to the roadside. The air temperature was dropping and between 10:30 and 10:45 it had dropped from 8 to 6 degrees.
On through Ballachulish we went, Loch Leven and across the bridge along Loch Linnhe to Fort William.
Whilst Fort William is a little town, it has a very scenic mainstreet and the Loch runs a street back from the main street. Our stay here is opposite the Loch front so we dined this evening overlooking the Loch, rain coming in, alternating with sunshine at 7:00pm. The Loch called us for a wee walk following dinner along its pebbly shore line. We are staying at Clan MacDuff with tartan carpet, a distinct change in the menu from what we have been having and a resident cat languishes in the high backed reading chair in the sun room, tough life.
We talked with Erik today, who is holding The Escarpment 'fort' for us very competently, and I skyped with Ally for a little bit. The internet here is as dodgy as ours was before we left home, so it remains to be seen if we are able to upload this tonight, just incase you think we are so strange that we are watching a rerun of Eurovision.
There are lovely scarves and tartan clothing for sale in the stores along with some beautiful jewellery that is made in Scotland. The artist uses dye extracted from natural objects such as sticks and stones to create the coloured stone. They are greens and reds, browns and a bit of yellow. No two pieces are the same. Stuffed toys of scotty dogs, red squirrels, coos ( cows ) for those back home, sheep, hairy haggis ... and pictures of the beautiful countryside, along with everything that has "I love Scotland" written on it with unique scottish sayings.
The accent is getting stronger and we spoke with a lady when we were booking in this afternoon who has been to our Perth and loved it, who said we will have difficulty with the accent in the Orkneys as all the islanders are hard to understand. We shall see.
We finally had some rain in patches today on our travels, and Kirsty, we saw our first RYANBO for the trip today on the hill behind where we are staying.
Reception for telecommunicatins will be poor over the next few days as we go further north to The Isle of Skye...so we will keep writing daily and upload when we are able to. I am sure there will be many beautiful scenes to write about.