Monday, September 02, 2019

Scottish Adventure 5, From Speyside to the west coast. Mallaig and Skye

In Rothes, the lurgy struck with a vengeance;
we spent the day in our room with Lynne staying in bed, only getting up for a bowl of rich Scottish broth at supper
John felt well enough to enjoy a good, rich beef pie
washed down with a glass of Spey Stout, an excellent rich, dark Scottish beer
Next morning, a visit to Speyside Cooperage in Craigellachie
to watch the coopers preparing casks
to receive and mature the excellent malt whiskies of Speyside
before setting off on our way to the west coast
We called in at Cawdor Castle, but only caught a glimpse as the entry fee of £12.50 (R230) each was a bit too rich for us
so we drove on, passing Loch Ness; we looked for the Monster, but only saw a few boats
picked some wild blackberries
and enjoyed the scenery
on the way to Mallaig, a little port on the west coast which is where one boards ferries to the Western Isles
We rented this beautifully refurbished fisherman's cottage
with all the mod cons
where we were given a warm welcome by Zoe and Matthew
It is on a terrace looking down at the sea and the port, with the ferries coming and going
A traditional lugger in the distance
The port is adjacent to the small town centre
We didn't feel like cooking, so off to
one of the fish and chip shops
for very good cod and chips
The port of Mallaig in the evening
This is a continuing short prĂ©cis of what we’ve done, where we've been
More detailed stories will follow in regular issues of MENU after our return to South Africa
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