Fab, fun 6 days with Sally and Raynor Ewart from Down Under. These two ladies certainly packed a lot into their Scottish trip, having visited Speyside, Shetland and Fair Isle before I picked them up in Aberdeen. After visiting Old Aberdeen, and Kings College, we had a run through beautiful Royal Deeside. A quick stop at Brig O’ Feugh to see the salmon leap, before arriving at Ballater, terminus of the Deeside line. The girls saw Queen Victoria’s train carriage and private waiting room – they even got to sit on her throne!
Our journey continued over to Culloden, where the hopes and dreams of the Jacobites were so cruelly ended. Day 2 saw us run down the shore f LochNess, before travelling through the beautiful Glen Shiel. Saw some feral goats, descendants of those abandoned during he Highland Clearances, and stopped to visit the Clan Macrae burial site. Quick stop at the wonderfully quirky Manuelas bakery before visiting Eilean Donan – one of Scotlands most picturesque castles.
Day 3 saw us explore Skye. Cuillins looking majestic, and some typically mixed weather as we went round the islands. Thankfully it always cleared at the most scenic spots. Visited Museum of Island Life, with its cluster of old thatched cottages, which now have a great display of life in the 19th/early 20th centuries.