11.7.11

Glencoe

We saw our first Otter of the trip last night; out of the cottage sitting room window! SO AMAZING!
I’ve been trying to record what has happened each day on holiday because I don’t want to forget it. Here are some notes I made about Glencoe:
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Day: Monday 4th July
Location: Lake District, Talkin and Glencoe
Weather: Sunny and hot
We left Josh’s parent’s house early on Monday morning as we had a long journey ahead of us. We stopped off in a little village called Talkin to meet with Josh’s sister and for me to have a look round the place that Josh grew up. It was such a sweet little village. So quiet and rural; definitely a good place for kids.


We then drove another three hours up into Scotland. The journey was good (I always get surprised when I manage to navigate long journeys) and the scenery was stunning.


We’re staying at a place in Glencoe called Glencoe Independent Hostel. It’s cheap and basic, but good. We’re in a dorm of six beds but we’re the only ones using the room tonight which is nice.


After we settled in we walked down into Glencoe village (about 1 ½ miles) to explore and buy some supplies. We then drove to a nearby pub to have a meal. Josh had Haggis, Neeps and Tatties which is a Scottish speciality. I had a Bean Burger!


Watched some 24 and had an early night.
Day: Tuesday 5th July
Location: Glencoe
Weather:  Cloudy and windy with some showers
We were out of the hostel by about nine today and drove to a local visitors centre to try and work out some things to do around the area. Weren’t very successful but we had a walk round one of the trails there.
We then decided to drive up the coast towards Fort William. Not much to see except Josh driving through a red light and getting beeped.
We then headed into Glen Nevis (by Ben Nevis) and drove until the road stopped. It seemed like a bit of a tourist trap as lots of people were walking up and down the path, but the scenery was stunning. After a couple of miles we decided to turn off the main path and walk up a river. It was a great plan because we had the whole place to ourselves.
We were just going to have a chill out day today but ended up doing quite a long walk. There’s always something else to see just round the next bend!
I really loved this walk – it was a great first taste of Scotland. I can’t seem to get my head around how massive the wilderness is here, and what it must have been like before all the roads were built!






Cooked pasta at the hostel and chilled out in the evening. Shared room with a German couple who were about our age. The guy talked German in his sleep ALL NIGHT!! Tirrreed!

Day: Wednesday 6th July
Location: Glencoe
Weather:  Rain, rain, rain
Today was very rainy so we did a bit of a road trip. We ended up in Oban and had lunch in a nice little café.
We then went to Dunstaffnage Castle to have a look around on the way back to the hostel. I love old castles; to think of all the people who have lived there before and what they have experienced!




This evening we had to move to the bunk house next to the hostel because there wasn’t enough room in hostel (we did know about this before). It’s worked out better because even though it’s really basic and is FULL of people we are only sharing a room with two other people and the beds are quite private.

Tomorrow we leave early to catch the boat to Knoydart. Excited!

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're having such a great time, Rachel!
    I'm sorry about the German guy! It may be scary!!
    Can't wait to see more pictures of your trip!

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  2. Looks like you're having a fantastic holiday. Looking at these photos makes me want to travel Britain, too. And to try haggis! :o)

    P.S.: I received a blog award, woot, woot! I thought you should have one too!

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