So, yesterday we left Glasgow to head north to the highlands. Poor Glasgow didn't leave as favorable an impression upon us as Liverpool or Cardiff. Perhaps it was the restaurant messing up supper. Perhaps it was the hotel spa closing as we arrived. Perhaps we just aren't Glasgow gals. Regardless, we were ready to meet the Highlands.
Our first stop in the Highlands was Loch Lomond. Though we skipped Windemere's boat ride, we opted for this one. It was a hazy, chilly, drizzly day, which just seemed perfect for a loch ride. When we were departing the boat, one of the crew admitted that this was the coldest start to summer that she could recall. She felt sorry for the kids starting their holidays this weekend.
For lunch, James took us off the beaten path to the Drover's Inn. He said the place reminded him of the Addams Family. Inside, even more so. Lunch was Scotch broth and assorted sandwiches - very tasty. Not even sure what all the sandwiches were other than having butter & mayonnaise. (One was egg, that I'm sure of.)
We then spent the early afternoon driving thru the valley of Glencoe. Despite the historical drama, the valley was peaceful and beautiful. Indeed, the trip was almost scenery overload.
When we arrived at our resort, those of us doing the optional excursion had 20 minutes to get ready. And then it was time to see the puppies!
When we were planning out extra excursions, Amy and I weren't sold on the sheepdog one. But it's James's favorite and he kept selling it. And we finally relented. I'm glad we did. It was fun watching the shepherd herd the sheep with his dogs using only voice commands and unique whistles. And afterwards we got to hold puppies. :-)
James wanted to apologize for rushing us out of supper the previous night and so bought us drinks before dinner. I had a gin & tonic with Bombay Sapphire. Supper was at the resort and I had leek & potato soup (needed salt), pork belly/back/rump/something & mash & veggies, and chocolate delice (aka chocolate mousse cake).
Mom, Amy and I took a walk around Aviemore and wound up buying junk food at Tescos. I hadn't brought money with me. But I had enough change in my pocket to get 2 packages of Penguins and a box of tea cakes. We eventually got ourselves situated for bed. I had intended to complete another lesson for my course but it wasn't to be. (Too busy posting photos of pupies on Facebook, I think). Maybe tonight?