SCOTTISH HOLIDAY 2010.
After a week at Fortrose we moved on to Glencoe, driving down the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, Loch Oich etc etc in not very nice weather. A stupid impatient coach driver pulled out on a bend at one point heading straight towards me. Good job my brakes worked as they should. As he had nowhere to go, forwards or backwards I then had to back the caravan up the narrow road trying to leave room for him to get past. He failed to acknowledge me as he went passed, looking the other way. Anyway we made the camp site eventually after both sat navs sent us down an unmade track 1/2 mile past the site, which was on the other side of the road altogether. Oh the joys of motoring.
The following day was rather murky so we had a drive round Loch Leven and then went shopping in Fort William then drove up Glen Nevis. The rescue helicopter was about but we did not see where it went. Altogether a lazy day.
The second day Joan and Stuart went hill walking and Rosalind and I drove the 60+ miles to Ardnamurchan, the most Westerly point on mainland Scotland. It was a beautiful day and the scenery was good. The road was so narrow that stopping for pictures was out of the question most of the way.
We crossed Loch Linnhe on the Corran - Ardgaur car ferry And I took these scenes from the ferry. Two looking south, the last one north.
|CONTENTS of SITE|
|AIRCRAFT other fliers|
|ARRAN ISLAND HOLIDAY|
|BARBON HILL CLIMB|
|BOATS and BOATING|
|KITE and WINDSURFING|
|LAND and SEASCAPES|
|LAND and SEASCAPES-2|
|LAND and SEASCAPES-3|
|SCOTTISH HOLIDAY 2010|
|SCOTTISH HOL 2010-pag2|
|SCOTTISH HOL 2010-pag3|
|SCOTTISH HOL 2010-pag4|
|S/W IRELAND HOL 2007|
|SUNSETS and SUNRISES|
|SCOTTISH HOL - 2007|
the road swept passed Loch Mudle. These three make a panorama.
Then it was on to Ardnamurchan Point and the famous lighthouse. The only one with the Egyptian style architecture at the top.
We enjoyed the views and considering the distance to drive from the ferry and the narrow winding single track road there were lots of people there. I think that maybe whale watching is pastime at the point.
Looking NNW we could see the islands of Muck and Egg.
WSW was Coll and some mountains to the North.
To the east of the point we could see a lovely white sandy bay.
Driving back there was a herd of Red Deer near the roadside and just room to pull over and get a photo. The Stags were in velvet.
The following day we took a train ride from Fort William, hoping for a steamer but got a diesal, to Mallaig. I had been through Mallaig before to get the ferry to Skye many years ago and I did not realise how small a place it was. As it rained all day I was not sorry when it was return journey time. I took a few shots of the harbour and some stained glass in the church.
On the train back I managed to get a couple of pictures of Neptune's staircase. The series of lochs leading up to the Caledonian canal at Banavie.
Our final day out was to Glen Etive. A quiet time and a nice drive down the glen to the head of the Loch. In the river on the way down the valley we passed a Red Deer Stag cooling off in a pool. It seemed quite unconcerned as we took photographs. We passed a lochan on the way which I thought would make a nice picture so we stopped and took a few shots. A stream was tumbling down the hillside.
We reached the car park at the head of the loch. The first thing that struck me was the boathouse. reminiscent of the one on Ullswater back home. Rosalind just had to try the water.
Apart from the journey down through Glasgow and on to an overnight journey break at Moffat that was the end of the holiday. A great place to go to, good chances of decent pictures and wonderful sights of Dolphins as close as 10 yards sometimes but you need to be quick.
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