went to get my hire car only to be told I should have been there by 10am
and as it was now 11am they’d given my hire car to someone else. However
they did have another vehicle I could have with no extra charge for the
upgrade. It turned out to be a nine seater vehicle. I did say that I’d be
going up some one track roads and it looked a wee bit big for that and
didn’t they have anything smaller? No indeed that was the only vehicle
they had left. So… off I went in my muckle big vehicle on my way to
Comrie and onwards to Kinloch Rannoch.
got to Comrie I found that the kilts hadn’t arrived but Blair expected to
have them by the weekend so he’s arranged to bring them up to the hotel
for me for my fitting.
headed off to the Dunalastair Hotel at Kinloch Rannoch where I’d be
staying for the next 10 days. It was really beautiful weather, scenery
magnificent and I certainly felt that I was on holiday. The muckle
vehicle did very well and managed to cope with the one track roads just
at the Dunalastair Hotel at around 5pm, got my room and then went up to
the CaliNet offices where the DestinationScotland.com offices are. The
guys in the office got me up and running with Internet access. As they are
way up in the Highlands they actually have satellite access but it works
very well indeed. I was thus able to post some stuff up on the web site
and sort out all my email. I then went down to change for dinner and had
a lovely meal and a nice bottle of wine and then hit the sack as tomorrow
I had lots of work to do.
Today it was really work all day catching up
and replying to emails and getting stuff up on the site and getting ready
the weekly newsletter so not much to report really.
Today I did my email and then headed our for
the day to explore the area and take lots of photographs. I thought I'd
start by taking some pictures of the Dunalastair Hotel and them immediate
surroundings so here they are...
This is the front of the Hotel with my Blue
Muckle big vehicle in front :-)
is located at the head of Loch Rannoch surrounded by hills and is a really
beautiful location and within easy reach of all kinds of lovely areas that
I'll be exploring in the days ahead.
This is looking right and left while standing
across the road from the Hotel
This is looking over both sides of the bridge
across from the Hotel
More pictures from the Bridge
On left is picture from the Calinet offices
out over the hotel and on the right are the workers Dave, Jaimie and Ali
who without them the whole business would collapse, or so they tell me :-)
And the corridor leading from my room to the
restaurant and lounge bar
Having taken this wee collection of pictures I
decided to head for Pitlochry where I wanted to visit Killicrankie where
the famous battle took place and here are some photos I took there...
and a final photo showing there are lots of
walks around the area. It's really a very beautiful place with many
species or trees and birds. You can likely see from the depth of the pass
that it would certainly be hard for the English soldiers to march through.
After this I wanted to do the Queen's view
which shows you where Kinloch Rannoch is situated and where you need to
drive to reach it and then onwards to Rannoch Station where you can
actually get a train...
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