United Kingdom · 9 Days · 42 Moments · August 2017

Ian's Road Trip round The Highlands

30 August 2017

Our favorite, Louis Brown's restaurant, for last night dinner.
Stopped at Castle Campbell in Dollar to look at the view and mountain paths
Lunch at the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha. Very busy.
View half way up was good enough for me. Ian went to the top whilst I stood in the downpour and got soaked
More pics on top of Conic Hill
Ready for hike up comic hill

29 August 2017

Pics of the new bridge, the 'Queensferry Crossing'. Night before traffic went over it.
Took a drive to South Queensferry for that iconic Scotland view of our World Heritage Site. The Eskimo Ninjas were there too 😂. It was cold tho, I had longs on with my T shirt 😂😂

28 August 2017

Back home in The Bay. Went for dinner at The Compass and walked there twice cause someone forgot to pick up their wallet when we left home. Shame, old age is a bitch 👴😂😂
Blackness Castle
Stopped at Wildwatch run by Forestry Commission Scotland. Watched ppl on the zip line, then Ian walked to the hide to look for Red Squirrel.
Beautiful Loch Latrine and the Walter Scott steamer.
Stopped at picnic spot to view Loch Lubnaig

27 August 2017

Ian loves the Highlands so we spending an extra night out in Strathyre. Booked in to the Ben Sheann hotel.
Dinner at Crown Hotel in Callander. Live Scottish and Irish Folk music 😁😃Yay.
Falls of Dochart at Killin
Pit stop at Glencoe ski centre
Stop off to admire view in Glencoe
Stop off in Fort William for lunch at Afoma Coffee shop.
Walked a strenuous hike to this view point. 0.55 miles, PHEW 😰. Awesome view tho, really worth the hike. Think three 78 year old couple were in better shape than us tho 😒
Nevis mountain trip. At the bottom ready to ride the gondola to the top. Didn't think we were going to was walk up did you 🤦

26 August 2017

Neptune's Steps, 12 locks on the Caledonian Canal
Thunder in The Glen at Aviemore. For 25 mins had motor bikes of all shapes and sizes coming past in both lanes

25 August 2017

Home for the next two nights. Balavil Hotel.
Stop off at Loch Morlich to admire the view and chat to the ducks 🦆
Visited the Deer Centre on the way down to educate Ian 😜
Ian's trip up the funicular to the top of Cairngorm. Now his watch says it's time to eat 🤦😂😇

24 August 2017

Second night sleep over. Station Road Hotel, Avoch. Good meal for dinner and lots of laughs. Let's see what the maid looks like tomorrow 😜
Stopped for a wee launch in Portsoy. Awesome harbour.
Stopped at Ian's best cove. Water is not as cold as we thought and very clear.
Fraserburgh esplanade then into town for a good old fashioned Wimpy and genuine milkshake
Stopped in st combs to see harbour and Tufted Duck Hotel
Lovely sunny day, light breeze. Perfect weather for a coastal / beach drive. Now all we need is higher temp. 😏

23 August 2017

First night at Waterside Hotel. Not bad accommodation.
Awesome beach in Aberdeen, saw guys surfing and sup. Thick fog did not help. Had dinner at Frankie and Bennies, filled up and continued on to our first hotel.
First visit to a real castle. Building started in the 1500's. Owned by the Forbes family for over a hundred years.
Light lunch in Ballatar after a walk round and a peek inside the old church. Built in 1847.
Took a stroll round the wee town of Braemar.
Started our road trip round The Highlands and the northern beaches. Heading straight up north, past Perth and on to the Glenshee Ski Centre.

22 August 2017

Arrived at Alan's home in Dalgety Bay, had shower, then walked down to waterfront. Alan made me hike 3 miles to Sailing Club.
Arrived in Scotland at Glasgow Airport