Arriving by divine providence and safety from the train depot in Inverness to our Open Views guest house is definitely a miracle. It all seems a blur to me now and I still have to get back to the depot somehow on the 5th! Nevertheless, we were not meeting our host until 4:30, so we went back to the Culloden Moor Battlefield site. We had visited this three years ago, but when we were on a tour bus and it arrived too late for us to enjoy the new visitor centre which gave a lot more information regarding the slaughter of so many Highlanders during this botched campaign.
We met our Open Views host and were settled in shortly, then drove her back to Tesco, where we did a bit of shopping and she caught the bus home. Back to the house, fixed supper, and settled in for the evening.
No relation to me, but I had to have a photo in front of museum carrying my maiden name!
Beautiful country of course, through and around back to Inverness and our home.
Thursday, we had a blast with tree hiking at the RothemurchusTreezone and quad bike trekking on Rothiemurchus Estates in Aviemore. No photos of the tree hiking because the boys made me carry the camera and, of course, i was way behind, they left me in the dust! Yes, they managed the entire course nicely, BUT, I, too made it through both courses and never slipped off any obstacles. Okay, now two days later, I’m still sore! But, it was fun – I’d do that again. The quad trekking was well done with an engaging and friendly guide, but it was not what I expected. I had hoped for a tour of the farm, etc, but instead we just sped along the streams and track as one would do if they were just riding four-wheelers for fun. We had beautiful weather for this outing.
Afterwards, we took the time to drive as far as we could to the top of the Cairngorm Mountain range.
We purchased enough food at the Rothiemurchus Farm Store to cover our meals for the remainder of our stay. The beef was from grass-finished Scottish Highland cattle raised on the estates as well as the venison. Other items were produced by local families. All very good. More expensive for sure than Tesco or the Co-op, but I like to support local community efforts when I can. I’m going to admit it – I like haggis!
Friday and Saturday, we pretty much rested in our guest home. I was pretty sore through my chest, arms, and shoulders even into Saturday! We took a few short exploratory walks around the area, but pretty much lazed about. We did go to the petrol station and fuel up so i wouldn’t have to worry with it on our departure Sunday morning. Also, tried with no success in finding accommodation for the remainder of our trip. Even this time of year, some areas of Scotland are packed!
We set off early enough Sunday morning to catch our 9:59 am train to Aberdeen. The boys are usually frustrated with me because I tend to arrive early and then we wait – in this case, nearly an hour, however, stuff happens to cause delays, so I’d rather have a cushion of time before scheduled departures. There was very little traffic this Sunday morning, so we drove straight on in with no mishap this time. We took photos of the car, locked it, and threw the keys in the boot and off we went. No problem collecting our rail boarding passes at the kiosk and the train was spot on time for Aberdeen.