Sunday, December 16, 2007

A taste of my homeland

Last year we took two trips to Scotland as a family although my husband was 'across the water' four times in the short space of five months.

Scotland is one of the most (if not the most) beautiful countries that I've visited to date. Okay, I might appear slightly biased and do admit that Milford Sound in New Zealand did come pretty close but I wouldn't tell my husband that.

Here are some photos from our trips.

These were taken in Spring when my husband, his friend and our eldest son took a trip to the Isle of Skye. Pic 1 Snow on the mountains just north of Loch Lomond. The second photo is of Eileen Donan Castle which is situated on the road to the Isles. Visit the official castle website

Pic 3 is of Lochaber Dam. A lovely picnic stop. The one above is of the Cairngorm Mountain Railway which is the highest funicular railway in the UK. Finished in 2001 it travels up the side of Cairngorm Mountain to a restaurant just 400ft below the summit from which we could see Loch Morlich and our campsite (photos below)

Here are the kids on the shore of Loch Morlich one evening, a short stroll through the pine forest from our camp. Pic 6 Sunset over the loch.
Glenmore Forest Park and Loch Morlich are situated in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park. If you are thinking of camping/caravaning in the UK I'd highly recommend taking a Forest Holiday. These campsites are run by the forestry commission and are spacious, have excellent washing and showering facilities and are very reasonably priced. Our first experience was in the Forest of Dean in 2003 en route to Cornwall, France, Spain and Morocco. Another travel tale ...

These pictures were taken during a drive the length of Loch Ness. The first is taken in Fort Augustus (the prettiest town in Scotland by my reckoning) which is situated to the south west of Loch Ness. Here the Caledonian canal ends and the loch begins and tourists can board a boat in search of Nessie. As we tend to travel on a shoe string we passed.
Lastly some photos from Skye. The first is Portree, taken in May and the other was taken in September. I don't think it really matters what month you visit - the sky will look the same. Rain clouds!

Travel tip ~ If you are a UK resident and Tesco shopper, club card points can be converted into Days Out coupons which can be used at many locations throughout the country. We saved over £200 on tourist attractions during our September trip to Scotland and then on down through England, where our daughter was due for a review at the center for brain injured children. Highly recommended by our kids are the Cairngorm Funicular Railway, The Discovery (Scott's ship which is moored in Dundee) and the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Dorset where they were able to board the first Concorde. All take the coupons. Makes supporting a big corporation slightly more palatable!