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Alastair's Move to the USA
17th to 19th September 2003

Today I went to get my hire car only to be told I should have been there by 10am and as it was now 11am theyd 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 Id be going up some one track roads and it looked a wee bit big for that and didnt 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.

When I got to Comrie I found that the kilts hadnt arrived but Blair expected to have them by the weekend so hes arranged to bring them up to the hotel for me for my fitting.

I then headed off to the Dunalastair Hotel at Kinloch Rannoch where Id 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 fine.

I arrived at the Dunalastair Hotel at around 5pm, got my room and then went up to the CaliNet offices where the 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.

18th September

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.

19th September

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 :-)

The Dunlastair Hotel 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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