Archive for July, 2016

Journey No 31

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Journey No 31

Wednesday, 13th July 2015

This journey covered 37 miles to Dalvait Garage, Jamestown for MOT and service – leaving Harrie.

Friday, 15th July 2016

This journey covered 37 miles back to Carrick Castle after Harrie passed MOT & service (no work was required to be carried out).

 

Not a very exciting number of journeys but essential!

Total mileage for the trip: 119 km / 74 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 16,815 km / 10,509 miles.

Total mileage to date: 127,291 km / 79,557 miles.

Journey No 30

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Journey No 30

Saturday, 25th June to Thursday 30th June 2016

This journey covered 6 days, 1,034 km / 646 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle, Argyll via Lochaber to Wester Ross & Sutherland in the North West of Scotland via Fort William, Spean Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh, Dornie, Ardnaff, Stromeferry, Plockton, Strathcarron, Kishorn, Shieldaig, Torridon, Kinlochewe, Gairloch, Poolewe, Aultbea, Dundonnell, Braemore, Ullapool, Ardmair, Knockan, Inchnadamph (667 km / 417 miles in 5 1/2 days) and then back via Ullapool, Contin, Muir of Ord, Beauly, Drumnadrochit, Fort William and home to Carrick Castle, Argyll (367 km / 229 miles in 1/2 a day).

Saturday 25th June 2016

Nevis Range of Mountains from Spean Bridge

Nevis Range of Mountains from Spean Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge

Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first stop was at the WW II Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge with great views over the Nevis Range of Mountains with Ben Nevis towering above Fort William. (Refuelled in Fort William with 36.7 ltr diesel / £40.00 – 126,410 km).  We then drove up to Glen Shiel for the night after visiting the 1719 Battlefield area in Glen Shiel.
First night's stop in Glen Shiel

First night’s stop in Glen Shiel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 26th June 2016

Kyle of Lochalsh was our next stop before going back to Dornie to visit Eilean Donan Castle that was well worth the visit.

Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie

Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eilean Donan Castle from both sides

Eilean Donan Castle from both sides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas & Liz at Eilean Donan Castle

Douglas & Liz at Eilean Donan Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following our visit to Dornie we drove up to Ardnaff where we spent the night with a lovely view over Loch Carron.

View over Loch Carron

View over Loch Carron at Ardnaff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 27th June 2016

We next went to Stromeferry where we caught the train back to Kyle of Lochalsh for a 30 minute stay before returning on the same train to Plockton. It was a fair walk from the station to Plockton village where we had lunch before returning a couple of hours later on the train back to Stromeferry. You may well ask, why take the train when you have a motorhome? Well, the train travels right alongside Loch Carron with some lovely views that you would only get from the train…  We were not impressed with Plockton.

Short stop at Attadale by Loch Carron

Short stop at Attadale by Loch Carron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then drove on north stopping at Attadale for a photo stop and onwards through Kishorn, Strathcarron, Shieldaig and Torridon before stopping at Kinlochewe to visit the visitor centre there. Our overnight stop was on the shores of Loch Maree.

 

 

 

Loch Maree

Loch Maree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz with Harrie at Loch Maree

Liz with Harrie at Loch Maree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 28th June 2016

We left Loch Maree calling into Charlestown, the port of Gairloch on the way up to Inverewe Gardens run by the National Trust for Scotland which was definitely one of the highlights of our holiday. The below photographs hardly describe the gardens at Inverewe – you’ll just have to visit them yourselves to enjoy them too!

Sculpture at Invereve Gardens, Poolewe

Sculpture at Invereve Gardens, Poolewe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inverewe walled garden

Inverewe walled garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gate at Inverewe Gardens

Gate at Inverewe Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unusual plants at Inverewe Gardens

Unusual plants at Inverewe Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After spending a few hours at Inverewe Gardens we headed north again, stopping at Gruinard Bay for a walk on the sands,

Gruinard Bay

Gruinard Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coastline before Gruinard

The coastline before Gruinard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That night we stopped by Badcaul above Little Loch Broom

 

Wednesday 29th June 2016

Our next stop was at Corrieshalloch Gorge by Braemore.

Corrieshalloch Gorge and Bridge

Corrieshalloch Gorge and Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then drove to Ullapool, did some shopping at Tesco and then drove further north to Knockan Crag by Elphin in Sutherland. (667 km / 417 miles in 5 1/2 days from Carrick Castle to Inchnadamph). We refuelled in Ullapool with 42 ltr diesel costing £49.00 (126764 km).

Knockan Crag

Knockan Crag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sculpture & Liz at Knockan Crag

Sculpture & Liz at Knockan Crag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knockan Crag was a very interesting place as the geology was very different with the older rocks over the newer rocks. The history of Scotland was shown from when it was at the south pole to its move up past the equator to American and finally joining with England.

View from Knockan Crag

View from Knockan Crag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the view from our motorhome where we stayed overnight.

Thursday 30th June 2016

Caves at Inchnadamph, Sutherland with Liz

Caves at Inchnadamph, Sutherland with Liz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas at the caves at Inchnadamph

Douglas at the caves at Inchnadamph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had about a seven mile round trip walk to these caves where an underground river ran through them.

With the weather deteriorating and heavy rain forecast for the afternoon we decided to head home from Inchnadamph via Ullapool, Contin, Muir of Ord, Beauly, Drumnadrochit, Fort William and home to Carrick Castle, Argyll (367 km / 229 miles in 1/2 a day).

Rogie Falls by Contin

Rogie Falls by Contin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We refuelled in Fort William with 32.5 ltr diesel costing £36.00 (127028 km)

We enjoyed the journey north visiting many places mainly in Wester Ross and enjoying the amazing views. We intend to continue our journey north next from Sutherland up to the north coast of Scotland maybe in the autumn. Total cost of fuel for the week was £125.

Total mileage for the trip: 1,034 km / 646 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 16,696 km / 10,435 miles.

Total mileage to date: 127,172 km / 79,483 miles.

Journey No 29

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Journey No 29

Friday, 7th August 2015

This journey covered 59.4 miles to Dalvait Garage, Jamestown for MOT – leaving Harrie.

Tuesday, 11th August 2015

This journey covered 59.4 miles back to Carrick Castle after Harrie passed MOT.

Thursday, 13th August 2015

This journey covered 59.4 miles to Dalvait Garage, Jamestown for spot lights to be fitted.

Friday, 14th August 2015

This journey covered 59.4 miles back to Carrick Castle after spot lights fitted. Refuelled in Arrochar at 126,138 km 53.43 l at 1.179 = £63.00.

Not a very exciting number of journeys!

Total mileage for the trip: 381 km / 238 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 15,662 km / 9,789 miles.

Total mileage to date: 126,138 km / 78,926 miles.