Welsh people in Scotland
10.10.2012 - 10.10.2012 10 °C
Hmm you're all lucky I'm sober enough to compile this entry... Especially given that we are currently staying 100m from a pub! Dangerous territory, particularly when the Welsh family are involved :P
We actually got up early this morning and had breakfast at Montgomery's, a great cafe with a world map on its roof and cheap bacon and eggs. Then we caught the 9am bus (at about 9.15am - which is practically on time for a Melbourne public transport service) into town, did some shopping and then did the final part of the touristy loop that we'd missed yesterday.
Met Elaine and John (our surrogate parents for the next two days) back at the Hotel of Grumpiness, and thus began the whirlwind tour of Argyll and Bute. Got up close and personal with Loch Lomond (even got to splash Simon with Loch Lomond water), went to Fyne Ales and then stopped for a deluxe picnic along the forest road. A beer, a Twix and some crisps - what more could you want? We saw a massive machine that was pulling down the trees in the plantations, stripping them and cutting them into the required lengths, and made it all look as easy as snapping a toothpick. Dad - we got a video of it, I'll have to show you when we get back.
We got to see Inverary Castle from a safe (and free) distance, and then saw the Council Castle, where Elaine works (and where Steve used to work). Along the Criman Canal and then to the Horseshoe Inn for a wee drink before dinner. Met some of the locals, and their dogs - Scruffy (aka Sergei) puts Chuck to shame in the jumping department!
Home for dinner (which was absolutely delicious, thank you so much Elaine and John) and a wee dram of whisky before bed. And no Gus, there was no coke involved...