Sum up our Holiday to the Outer Hebrides in as few photos as poss ,seeing as I took hundreds ,well lets start our journey by driving to sons early on the 11th May and them driving us to Southampton for the flight to Glasgow. I had visions of me standing in bra and knickers going through the sensors. Took the belt off my jeans for it to pass through the machine, then they asked me to remove my sweatshirt ,good job had a tee shirt under it. I was a bit hot and bothered by then as I imagined my jeans falling down so was clutching those, then she asked me to stretch out my arms ,by which time I was thinking thank goodness the kids cannot see me now they would be in hysterics.So then she frisked me , and let me through. Martin sailed through not even a glance in his direction.So then off to wait for our flight for 2 hours. We have only flown on big planes before so it was a little bit of a suprise to see a little propellor plane awaiting. We were in the first 2 seats. A young man got on who had the look ,someone famous maybe. The 2 young ladies opposite were very excited ,he said hello to them and then took his seat further back in the plane. One of them mouthed at me "Take That",I then realised she was not being rude it was a member of the group Take That. It was lovely to see how overwhelmed they were and we caught them up in the airport while waiting for our luggage and she said he had his photo taken with them.They were in Glasgow to go and see them in concert. My grandaughter was very jealous that we had seen Marc Owen. (Even if I had to admit I had no idea who it was).With the events that have gone on this week in Manchester I thought of how all those young people had been like her just so excited to be going to seeing their favourite pop idol and their lives cut short. Anyway we arrived at Glasgow airport in just over an hour and walked to the hotel ,2mins walk away. The Holiday Inn 7th floor. We had dinner here and I had a free pudding as we had to meet the holiday rep so had to forgo a dessert. I had ordered it and thought I had 10 mins or so to eat it. It did not arrive until we said we had to leave, so they said take it with you and there will be no charge. Very impressed with that. We met Kimberly and she talked us through our itinery. I did feel a little out of place ,sitting eating a chocolate fondue with icecream. We slept well no noise from aircraft that seemed to be landing every few minutes ,we watched for ages the comings and goings.
A bit of a grey morning but pleasant enough I could give you facts about the loch ,but I won't. We walked along the shore and into the little village.
Would love to have visited the interior but not enough time. Lots of Rhodedendrons in the gardens . In colours I have not seen before.
Leaving Loch Lomond we travelled on to The Drovers Inn where we stopped for coffee.Established in 1705
The top very right window is painted on ,due to a window tax.Reputed to be haunted there is a web site you can look at www.thedroversinn.co.uk/ghosts . It really is old in decor as well as traditon . As you walk in the smell of woodsmoke greets you ,or perhaps it was peat.
Down the years it has welcomed the great and the good through its doors,including Rob Roy MacGregor.One of the kilted bar staff gave us a talk about the history.
Then we were given the opportunity to visit the rest of the downstairs rooms . The residents of which themselves have become famous being used as props in various television series and film. Steptoe and Son had this bear in the corner of the sitting room.A bit gruesome I thought.
Much love and many hugs