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River Coe

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  • Jul8

    Good bye to Skye

    July 8, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    I had to leave Skye today and start heading home. These next 4 nights all involve my trip home. I guess that is what happens when you travel to remote places. That said I still had one more adventure on Skye. I decided that I still wanted to do the hike that I had missed yesterday. Round trip it was about 2.5 hours and it was only moderately difficult. It was called the Camasunary Bay hike and afforded a wonderful view of the Cuellin mountains on the south of the island. The night before I had wandered around Portree which had been absolutely packed with tourists from a Viking cruise liner. The hike to Camasunary Bay could hardly be different. I was at the trail head by 7:30. No one was there. I hiked up and over a significant rise which commanded a beautiful view of the bay a farm house and a bothy. A bothy is a building sometimes maintained and sometimes not for people to stay in overnight when out wild camping. This one was supposedly maintained, kind of like an alpine but. It was at the far end of the beach and I figured I didn't have to check it out. There were some tenters on the beach but all was very quiet. I snapped a few photos and then walked back to the car.
    I had a 2.5 hour drive to Glencoe which is 30 minutes on the far side of Fort William. I guess I booked this B and B to allow me to explore the Glencoe valley. The drive was very windy and busy with traffic. When I did get there I was quite tired so I don't think I'll be exploring that much. The hike also tired me out. On the West Highland Way I also came through the valley so I had seen a fair amount of it alread,y. Perhaps returning the car to Fort William and staying there overnight would have been easier.
    The one fun thing I did on the drive down was stop at Eilean Donon, castle of the McRaes. It had been totally destroyed by the English in 1719 during the first Jacobite rebellion. The had learned that it was harbouring Spanish soldiers. Upon capturing the castle they used Spanish gunpowder found in the castle to blow it up. Fast forward 200 years and the castle was bought by a John McRae-Gilstrap who was married to the English heiress of a malting empire. They spent 250000 pounds rebuilding a better castle then filling it with antiquities that they bought to fill. It was opened to the public in the 1950s and it is the quintessential Scottish castle. It was featured in the Highlander series and was in a James Bond movie. I think there is still hope for the McLean castle. The McLean chief merely needs to marry into some English money to rebuild the castle.
    I am now at my BnB in Glencoe. I went for a walk after supper and just behind the BnB I happened upon Glencoe House, a huge mansion that had been converted into a swanky hotel. When I googled it I learned that this was the summer residence of Donald Smith also known as Lord Strathchona, founder of CP rail, last chief factor of the Hudson Bay, the person Old Strathchona is named after. The BnB was the gardeners and cook's residence. Small world.
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  • Day6

    Bus to Glencoe and Inverness

    April 20, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    We dragged our suitcases from the b&b to the train station where we could store the luggage. We walked at a good pace and the noise of our approaching wheels clattering over the cobblestones struck fear into the older and slower Scotsman we passed. All to no avail as we sit on a broken bus that has an intended destination of Glencoe. We were early for the bus, it was late, now it is getting a few squirts of WD40 so the door will open.

    We get to Glencoe and it is a pretty village with lots of character. We find a hiking trail and start out still dry, but rain threatens. Unfortunately (fortunately) we have no time for shopping because our bus was late. Only a bit of rain for our hike, and the ride back to Fort William is on time. We eat lunch and catch another bus for Inverness.

    There is no train to Inverness that doesn’t go back to Glasgow. That would be about a 10 hour day, so the 2 hour bus ride makes sense. It is raining hard as I write this, the road is narrow and lots of traffic. It seems we are up in the clouds, however Inverness has a sunny forecast so things should get better for our arrival.

    As Tom snoozed part of the way he missed the stunning scenery around him. As we got closer to Inverness everything was green and lush and the sun came out.
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  • Day9


    August 27, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    1:47 pm Photo stop at Glencoe. David showed us the site at Glencoe where the filming of the scenes of Hagrid's house took place in the Harry Potter films and explained the significance of Glencoe in Scottish history. The Campbell's murdered the McDonalds, who were guests at their estate, at the order of King William of Orange. This atrocious breech of hospitality has become legendary in Scotch history.Read more

  • Day14


    July 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Vandaag een tussendag met weinig bijzonderheden op de planning. Opgestaan met regen en het was fris (10 graden). Via een omweg (Loch Ness, Ben Nevis en de LIDL in Fort William) zijn we net aangekomen op een mooi plekje aan Loch Leven. Morgen hopen we een mooie wandeling te gaan maken als t weer meewerkt.Read more

  • Day14

    3e testje: verdubbelingssnelheid

    July 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Het antwoord op de vraag over productiesnelheid was 5 minuten. Hierbij de laatste testvraag:

    In een vijver drijft een eilandje van waterlelies. Elke dag wordt dit eilandje twee keer zo groot. Als het 48 dagen duurt voordat de hele vijver met waterlelies wordt bedekt, hoe lang zou het dan duren voordat de halve vijver wordt bedekt? 24 dagen of 47 dagen?Read more

  • Day7

    Glencoe Schottland

    October 3, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Glencoe gehört landschaftlich sicher zu den HIghlands meiner Schottland Reise.
    Genauso stellt man sich Schottland vor ♥ - grüne hohe Berge, zum Teil noch nebelverhangen, einsame weite Landschaften und einfach ein mystisches Gefühl. Postkartenmotive!

    Hier haben wir einen 20 minütigen Fotostopp eingelgt. Wer mehr Zeit hat kann viele Wanderungen machen.

    Die Temperatur hier und in den Highlands war deutlich kälter als in Edinburgh.

    Besucht haben wir Glencoe innerhalb eines Tagesausfluges ab/bis Edinburgh (Abfahrt 8:00 Uhr / Rückkunft ca. 20:00 Uhr), gebucht über Rabbies für 46 Pfund (www.rabbies.com).
    Außerdem besucht wurde: Loch Ness, Highlands
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