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Glamping Scotland with Reggie - Part 5

Heading south

We didn't exactly hurry. We didn't have far to go as we were going to overnight in Selkirk, still in the border region of Scotland. Packing the car and cleaning up a little took a while. We had opted for small bags rather than cases and had loads to cram into the car.

Reggie went in early and was asleep when we eventually returned the key and set off. Once again we had to navigate through Inverness, but the traffic wasn't too bad this time. The A9 was also relatively heavy and we headed southwards past Aviemore stopping at the Ralia Cafe for a break.

Then again southwards towards Edinburgh. Another stop for Reggie to have his breakfast, anther day it had gone uneaten, and us to have lunch at a Subway near Perth.

Another surprise was that the Forth Road Bridge was free.....

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From Edinburgh we stuck on the A7 all the way arriving in Selkirk just as the weather looked up.... yes it had been raining again.

The County Hotel is dog friendly in the rooms but not in the public area. Luckily the room they gave us was huge with massive bed and a sitting area. By some fluke it was stuck out on a limb and three sides had no adjoining rooms so if Reggie got a bit barky no one would be disturbed.

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Sekirk is where Sir Walter Scott, author of such epics as "Rob Roy" and "Heart of Midlothian" and where he was the Sheriff, The courtroom was closed when we arrived and so we had a walk around the local (and very hilly) park.

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We had dinner in the restaurant, and it was good. In fact the whole experience was lovely.

Back to England

We were up early enough and breakfasted and packed to leave about 9.30am and headed off on a TomTom magical mystery tour through the borders and on the A7 south and then into the wilderness of the Kielder Forest and eventually arriving at the Roman Fort at Housesteads.

It was raining.

Once again we had a coffee and then took the wet half mile walk up to the fort, cleverly built on a hilltop by the Romans. This time we had waterproof trousers as well.

The fort is the best preserved site in the country.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

Housesteads Roman Fort.

It continued to rain as we packed Reggie into the car and headed off for the road south and that's where the wheels came off. The traffic once on the A1 was terrible, too much traffic and associated roadworks. Using the map and TomTom we tried to avoid as much as we could but it was gone 8.45pm before we arrived at the hotel in the midlands.

We had planned to visit Claire's cousin locally for dinner but as time went on we got later and later we almost aborted. Instead we checked in and then went over to them later. They have a new puppy, a black labrador, and Reggie and her got on well until he stole a toy and she tried to get it back.

All photos taken from the car are taken by the passenger and not the driver.

Posted by InvictaMoto 16:47 Archived in Scotland Tagged selkirk hadrians_wall sir_walter_scott housesteads_roman_fort Comments (0)

Glampng Scotland with Reggie - Part 4

Our last full day in the Highlands started off pretty much like many of the other days. Breakfast and then we set off for a day of sightseeing, with no great plans. Just after leaving the glamping we took the left turn on to the A833 heading towards Beauly.

Beauly is a small town to the north of Inverness. I found a parking place in the centre and we took Reggie across to a small cafe - The Corner on the Square. Most of our tourist trips involve starting with a coffee whilst we think of where we are going next. Of course we sat outside in what was a rarity on this trip - the sun.

In Beauly just along the high street is the ruins of an old Priory. We had a walk over there and then down to the river, or as close as we could get to it. It was mostly fenced, so once again no paddling for Reggie.

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Once we had exhausted the high spots of the town we set off towards Inverness. Whilst we were here I thought it a good idea to visit my Mum rather than leave it to the next day when we could be going back home. The story of how my Mum came to rest here is in The Ashes Tour blog.

The weather was good and despite not having the TomTom location plumbed in we easily found the Rothiemurchus estate and the car-park where we had left the bikes in 2015.

Reggie was enjoying the woodlands and the special dog exercising area. Sadly we needed the loos but they were out of order and we had to wait for portaloos to be delivered. We went along the lake and found the spot where we had put her ashes. It was quite sad standing there and looking up to the undergrowth and trees. After some minutes of reflection we set off back to the car and headed out.

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

Loch an Eilean

The plan was to find somewhere to have lunch in Aviemore. In the end we went into Tesco and bought some sandwiches to have a picnic.

As with all unplanned things, sometimes they don't work out and we struggled to find a picnic spot or something similar. In the end we turned off the A9 and stopped at a few picnic tables in Carrbridge.

The remainder of the day was taken up with getting back to the glampsite and another stop at the co-op to buy dinner.

The weather had held up today and we were very lucky. Tomorrow we set off for home.

Posted by InvictaMoto 12:40 Archived in Scotland Comments (0)

Glamping Scotland with Reggie - Part 3

We had breakfast and then had to decide where to go. Getting down to the loch didn't seem possible as there are few parking places and even fewer places where the road isn't way above the shore. Matching these two requirements is frankly nil.

In the end we decided to go to the Culloden Battlefield to the south-east of Inverness. Inverness itself proved pretty traffic heavy with all the A82 traffic from the west having to go right through the centre. I took the opportunity to fill the tank at an Esso station. Maybe test the theory that branded fuel is better than supermarket fuel. After several fills of both over the last ten thousand miles the jury is out!

Once clear of the city and onto the A9 south it wasn't far before we saw the signs. TomTom had tried to take us on a different route near the airport but the radio reported that there were holdups after an accident. As you approach the site, you can see the flags marking the front lines of the rival armies. Like all of history both sides have their own opinions and tell the story of the whys and wherefores of the Battle.

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

The original farmhouse of Leanach survived the battle and has been restored several times. The roof is heather thatched, a traditional Highland craft.

We had a coffee but as Reggie wasn't allowed in to the vistor centre we had to have it outside. Something the National Trust for Scotland might like to invest in are some benches for people that want to take in the view outside or maybe the less able that might need a sit down as they get around the battlefield. Or silly sods like us that have a dog!

From Culloden we decided to try a different way back to the glampsite. Along the south/east bank of Loch Ness. Much of the first few miles are narrow road with passing places. It isn't as busy as the A82 on the northern bank.

Along the road we came across the Falls of Foyers. I have never heard of it before and didn't see it on the map. We pulled into a newly surfaced car park and as it was way past lunch time we went into the attached cafe/store.... Everything in one place.

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

Falls of Foyers

It was quite late and we were lucky, the weather had finally looked up. Did I mention that most of the day so day it had alternated between drizzle and miserable feeble sunshine? Sitting outside Reggie was able to have his breakfast that hadn't been eaten. He was a little off his food with all this travelling. I had the baked potato with haggis and cheese.....
Then we went down to see the falls.

Once back up and after a sit down (!) we set off south west again alongside Loch Ness. We came along the road and it opened to a viewpoint looking across the Great Glen.

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And then we had the change to stop and dip a toe into it! At last Reggie got to paddle in Loch Ness, no monster though. The moment not captured on camera as it was a brief paddle!

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And then back in the car for the last leg of this bank of the Loch to Fort Augustus. Here the Caledonian Canal links Lochs Ness and Oich. Some ten or eleven kilometres apart.

There are a series of 5 locks to allow boats to get from Ness level to that of the canal to Oich at Fort Augustus,

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From here we had a relatively short drive back to the glamping via the co-op at Drumnadrochit. We would eat in again, but self cooked in the microwave at the site.

Another day over. Tomorrow?

Posted by InvictaMoto 12:28 Archived in Scotland Comments (0)

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