The Scottish Highlands

Tuesday’s Mileage: 171
Total Mileage: 1171

On the Car Stereo:
BBC Sounds: Iain Anderson (BBC Radio Scotland)
Spotify: Playlist of Abba
Live Radio: BBC Radio nan Gàidheal: Caithream Ciùil / Sruth na Maoile / Rapal | BBC Radio Scotland: Another Country with Ricky Ross

It was overcast this morning so not really a beach day – shame as I wold have liked to have spent some time on the beach near Oban in the morning – Oban is lovely in the Sunshine.

Breakfast was served on a tray to my room at 8am. A full cooked breakfast with sausage, egg, bacon & black pudding.I sat watching the news while eating, with a view to one side of me of Oban bay.

A little after 9 I got in the car. My first destination was Glenfinnan. The location of the viaduct used by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films, and the location of the Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to those who fought in the Jacobite Risings.

Although the Monument itself is still closed, and the Visitor Centre closed, the car park was still very full!

Above: Polanach
Below: The Corran Ferry across Loch Linnhe

From Glenfinnan I continued my journey North East. Effectively following the Great Glen Way (a cycling, hiking and canoe trail), which goes from Fort William to Inverness, the A82 is a great (and very scenic) road.

I stopped at Drumnadrochit, a village on the Northern shore of Loch Ness, to browse the tourist shop and to have lunch. Despite the weather it was dry enough that I was able to sit outside. Under Eat Out to Help Out my lunch (a panini and a hot chocolate) came to under £5.

My next stop was Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands and Scotland’s 12th largest city. I walked up to Inverness Castle and had a walk around the City Centre.

Above: The Commando Memorial
Below: Inverness Castle and the River Ness

Then it was back on the road and off to Strathpeffer, a Victorian spa town. I stopped in Strathpeffer briefly but wanted to stay here and explore it properly – not least because of the family connection to Strathpeffer.

For dinner I drove in to Dingwall – topped up on a few bits at Tesco – and then went for a curry. I had a massive feast of Shahi Chicken Rogan Josh, rice, naan bread and a bombay alloo along with 3 drinks – Eat Out to Help Out helping me save money again with all of that lot!

Breakfast will be served to my room shortly and today my aim is to make it to the Dunnet Head and John o’Groats.

FH.

Fred Hart

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