11.10.2012 - 11.10.2012
Well I hardly slept a wink last night - all the noise from the traffic kept me up... NOT! Definitely the quietest night's sleep we've had for awhile.
Started the day with a hearty Scottish breakfast, including Cockburn's black pudding - Steve, you are right it is delicious, and it was much better than the random no name brand we had in Stirling.
Now unfortunately the rain had arrived this morning, and seemed intent on sticking around for the day. But it takes more than a drop of rain to stop us from exploring - it was just another beautiful Portland summer day, really!
Into Oban for a bit of a look-see, and then to the Falls of Lora, which were not falling particularly well this morning (despite lots of encouragement from John). Checked out Dunstaffnage Castle, and went up to The Folly. Pretty spectacular views from up there, and it would've been even more magnificent with a wee bit of sunshine. We saw standing stones, cairns, marinas, ruins, hills, mountains, rivers and even crossed the Atlantic - talk about adventure! Also managed to find the time to buy a few light globes in there too.
Home for some toasted cheese, and freshly made scones... I am really going to need to do some serious exercise when I get home! And of course after a wee beverage, it was time for more food. Haggis, neeps and tatties - yum, yum, yum! Even had some vegetarian haggis, just to see what all the fuss was about. For the record, veggie haggis contains lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, oats and whatnot. Quite tasty, and a good option if you're not a fan of what goes into 'real' haggis. Also had haggis legs (aka asparagus) to go with it, which I am led to believe is a slightly less traditional Scottish food. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert too, mmm...
Fully fed, we wandered to the Horseshoe Inn, and after the big walk a Crabbie's ginger beer was required to quench the thirst. Had a lovely night with the Bridgend crew, and gave Jackie and Paul tips on what to pack and what to see when they come to Oz next year. Although it's a wonder they are still coming since Lesley recommended a book that possibly should have been called '100 reasons not to come to Australia'!! We also got some fairly terrifying responses when people heard we were catching the rib across to Ireland, which didn't entirely fill me with confidence. Most importantly, I learnt that the past tense of 'jump' is 'jamp'. Isn't that right Steve? With this new knowledge in my brain, and haggis in my belly, I will sleep very soundly tonight.