Day 8,9 & 10- Fort William, Eilean Donan Castle, Edinburgh
We went to Fort William travelling through rugged mountain ranges. Some of the mountains had snow on top. The temperature was about 4 degrees!It was as cold as ice you know. Finally found our B & B Campfield Guest House checked in and was asked if we wanted Haggis for breakfast, to our surprise we all said no! We chose porridge instead (yummy) & tried potato scone.
Next day we headed off to Eilean Donan Castle (which is at the top near the Isle of Skye or Kyle of Lochlash – you will need to look this up on your atlas). The mountainous countryside was well worth seeing. We could have seen Trevor & Mick hiking or camping in their younger days. So peaceful the scenery we really enjoyed the drive.
Eilean Donan castle was wonderful and did not disappoint. We took heaps of photo’s of this lovely castle. The day was a cool day with sun coming out too. After going through the castle we headed back down the windy road past the ‘Five Sisters’, past ‘Ben Nevis’ and very mountainous terrain through to a quaint little town of Pitlochry. After much searching around this town we finally found the Rose Hill Guest House that George’s friend Marie had stayed at and we had a lovely hot coffee & gingercake at Fern Cottage that was right next door. (See Marie we have proof that we got there!)
It was getting a tad wet at Pitlochry so we headed to Edinburgh. Unbelievably we found our B&B without getting lost(really great place too) and we finally got to a place before 6.30pm to be able to find time to look around! Walked around and saw Edinburgh Castle, Scots Monument plus other well know tourists sites in E. We decided to finally try to get a pub meal as we were getting pretty tired of eating Chinese (only places open really late around the UK!) and was fortunate to choose & get into Rose Street Gallery Pub. Food was great although we probably ate a bit too much! We also got to see the castle all lit up before we returned to our hotel near by.
Next day we went to post a few things home and then ventured to see Edinburgh Castle. Contacted Tess and met her with Sarah, Jim and Sheena. It was great to see them and even though Jim insisted we have the haggis, parsnips and tatties (chips) we declined. After a very merry lunch discussing all of our ventures along the way we had to say goodbye to get to Chesterfield before it got too late. We even left Tess some of our books on Britain as they were far too heavy to take back with us!
We made it to Chesterfield in England to our next guest house called Markham Vale Guest House. It was an 18th century stable converted into a guest house. We had a beautiful stable room and we were made most welcome by the owners. We were really looking forward to the next day for our 'Pride & Prejudice' day!