Friday, August 16, 2019

Skye Bridge to Fort William

We started the day, Saturday 10th August, by heading to the Skye Bridge. There was a great view from the bridge and then we went just over to Skye to look back at the bridge.



 We then drove through some amazing scenery to our hotel in Whitebridge. We saw the Five sisters and the castle Eilean Doran on the way. It was too busy there to stop and look at the castle. It is the holidays here!!!





We had lunch along the way at the Thistle Cafe and then tried to stop at Fort Augustus. No parks there to look around! Decided to head on to our accommodation. On Sunday we had a busy day. We first drove beside Loch Ness to try and see the famous castle but if was too rainy and misty to see anything much. On the way we stopped and walked down to an amazing waterfall, the Foyers Falls. These were made famous by poems by Robbie Burns.



We headed to Fort William instead as we were going on the Jacobite train, which is the one used in the Harry Potter movies. Sadly it was also raining! Had lunch there and then boarded the train. It is a great train ride but would have been gorgeous in lovely weather. Wonderful to see the Glennfinnan Viaduct.

We stopped in Mallaig and it was freezing! Luckily we found a warm bar until it was time to catch the train back. We then had to drive (at 8.30pm) to Tyndram through the beautiful Glen Coe area. It was amazing scenery but too rainy and dull for photos.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mull and Iona

We got up very early (5.30am) on Thursday, 8th August, to catch the ferry to Mull. There were many single track roads today with passing bays. We also caught several ferries.The scenery on Mull was amazing.





 The highlight for me was going to Iona. We took the ferry there, leaving the car on Mull.


 We visited the Nunnery first.

Then I went into Iona Community buildings, which was very special. There was a museum tracing the Christian faith way back to the 600s or so. 






 We then drove to the next ferry which took us back to the mainland.

Eventually, after more one track roads and some larger ones we arrived in Arisaig, where we were staying the night. The next day we caught the ferry to Skye. This day was a bit disappointing as it rained for most of the day. I only took a couple of pictures at Portree Harbour.

 We drove on to Uig and had lunch but as the weather hadn't improved we headed to our accommodation at the Kyle of Lochalsh. This was the view from our hotel! We also enjoyed a delicious meal here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Glasgow

On Tuesday, 6th August, we walked into town to join a walking tour. We did a lot of steps today! The tour was good. We saw some amazing street art.



There was even street art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the famous architect.
 We visited the cathedral and the Necropolis and heard about the patron Saint of Glasgow, St Mungo. His miracles are represented everywhere by the symbol of the robin, fish, tree and bell.


 Very exciting to see a real Dr Who police box.
 We started our tour in George Square and ended it there as well. This statue is always adorned with a cone on his head!
 We then went to the Lighthouse, which is a building that was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the early 1900s. They had a great display of his history and life and his many creations. We went to the top if the tower to see the view.
The next day we left our apartment, thank goodness. The hot water did work eventually! We went to the amazing Riverside Transport museum. It was so good. We did a guided tour which was very worthwhile.


 We then drove to the Hill House, designed by Macintosh in 1903 for the Blackie family. It is completely covered as it has had lots of problems with damp! It was great to see.





We enjoyed lunch there as well.We then drove to Oban via Loch Lomond.