This morning it was time to drag ourselves away from Skye. The visit ended well as Iain got us a free night last night at the camp. The site electric had gone off in the morning – due to smoking electric boxes – and the electrician couldn’t get there until evening. Baxter Manweb man to the rescue who fixed it in 20 minutes and hence a very grateful campsite owner gave us the night for free.
We headed back over the Skye bridge to the mainland. Slight panic ensued when an engine warning light appeared – the icon was either a bomb or a light bulb. Quick check of the back lights showed it was the former. Iain did a change of bulb whilst I did a quick weekly shop and we were away.
Several miles later the driving one started cursing? Ah apparently our side locker door is still wide open and flapping in the wind since the bulb change! Luckily our possessions seem to be still with us – definitely lucky as most of our worldly goods are kept in there.
Time for a mid morning rests stop and we were at Eilean Donan castle so pulled in. We have stopped outside before but never been inside before. Iain treated us both to the tour – a big treat as he limits us to one castle per holiday and we visited one on Skye 2 days ago. This is without doubt worth the trip this far north alone Its called the most beautiful castle in Scotland and it really does deserve the name. The inside is just as lovely as outside with tartan carpets and each room dressed as it would be when the castle was restored in 1920. We spent an hour at the castle then our stomachs started calling so time to find somewhere to cook lunch.
We followed the road up Shiel Glen and stopped right on the top to make lunch. From there it was a stunning drive down to Invergarry and we stopped just past at Laggan Locks for coffee on the ‘The Eagle Pub – the only floating pub on the canal’. From the outside a real barge – inside an amazing little pub complete with real fire stove etc. Had a walk around the pontoons choosing a boat to cruise the lochs in next year, well maybe.
Straight through Fort William as it reminds us of a 1960’s prefab town and out to Glencoe. Now parked up on a C&CC site just up from the village and below Meal Moir. Warden tells us Golden Eagles fly around early evening so binoculars are at the ready.
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