25.05.2015 - 25.05.2015
Setting off for a three day stay in a self contained unit in Greshornish meant we needed some food supplies. Rob excelled at getting the shopping done in 20 minutes with the best ploy yet. If you park in a pay and display for only 20 minutes in Fort William it's 20p otherwise its £1 for upto an hour....so following the 20p being inserted we made a dash for Tescos and got what was only on the list and high tacked it back...we made it, and under 20 mins. Think he may be having a word to Southlands when we get home!!
Because we were so quick at shopping, we arrived at Glenfinnen before the Trust opened their door, so we wandered in the drizzle to look at the monument for Charles I and Loch Shiel.
Backtracking past Fort William we drove to Ben Nevis, where the mountain is sadly not named, for the gentlemen who asked us that very question when we were at Glencoe Visitors Centre. Its tip was hidden in cloud but we had a perfect vantage point to photograph it, in backstreets behind homes and B&Bs. Some snow creates a trickling appearance on the side when observing it from street level.
Up the A82 through The Spain Bridge, passing the Commando Memorial we travelled west, along Loch Lochie to Invergarry, passing Lochs Garry, Loyne, Cluanie to Shiel Bridge on Loch Duich, along the Loch past Eilean Donan Castle to Kyle of Lochalsh.
We had a lunchbreak and Rob ordered Culley Skink soup that he assured me tasted lovely..if you like smokey fish soup I guess it would. I stuck with safe leak and potato.
We crossed the Skye Bridge, went through Broadford and Portree to Uig where we had afternoon tea and looked around the port. We then travelled backdown one side of Loch Snizort Beag and up the other side to Loch Grenhornish. A one lane 'unsurfaced road' led us to Redwood Cottages, overlooking the Loch.
Chris met us and showed us to Cottage 1, around the complex which happens to have a harp and grand piano in the Living Room, as you would have in the middle of nowhere. By the look of the sheet music they are way beyond Chopsticks.
We explored the shoreline in our front yard this afternoon and found Gilligan's boat! No wonder noone found them, I don't think they were looking in the Isle of Skye. Photo of boat evidence is on my facebook page.
The shoreline is a mass of black rock, seaweed, shell life, birds, bushes and water quietly lapping. The peacefulness was refreshing from the usual humdrum we have in day to day life. Photos show the many colours that reflect off the waterand clouds.
Whilst we experienced a few showers along the way today, once again we have brought sunshine with us to our latest resting place. Rob can't believe it!!
Other refreshing moments along the way have been a walk along Loch Katrine a couple of days ago where a man and his son were engaged in patient teamwork for the little boy to master a two wheelbike. It was lovely to watch the dad's patience and the little boy's trust, then the genuine encouragment for success, moderated with mild panic when the little boy took off...not realising he'd not mastered stopping! Controlled stopping was the next lesson.
Every one we've spoken with have been friendly and share something, like the man at a lay bye today who took the time to point out a bird he'd enjoyed photographing close by on a fence. The general chit chat in coffee places or toilet queues to exchange pleasantries that many of us don't engage in daily.... smiles and interest to help tourists out (The National Trust membership always excites people working on reception) all makes for friendly days.