Visiting Scotland

We had some English visitors for the weekend – and it was great fun meeting them for the first time (although we’ve known each other for years on Facebook!)  Being online friends sometimes isn’t enough and we invited Debra and her daughter Annette to come visit us – turns out to be a brilliant decision as we had a great time.

The ladies booked a sleeper journey from Euston on the Caledonian Sleeper and then came to us via the local Glasgow train service.  As Sandy and I waited at the station to pick them up, the squally rain showers were zipping along the Clyde – and we started to worry that we would be house-bound for the weekend.

First stop - Carman Hill, Cardross
Carman Hill, Cardross

Ok, the weather was dry when we got out of the car at the top of Carman Hill – hoping to see a great view over the Clyde estuary – the low clouds had other ideas for us, though.  As we drove along the banks of Loch Lomond, there was no sign of Ben Lomond at all and the weather seemed to be closing in completely.

low cloud on the rest and be thankful
The Rest and Be Thankful

So, ever brave, even though there wasn’t much sign of good weather, we decided to go on to Inveraray.  We commented that the roads were quite busy – and then realised that the Scottish schools were on mid-term break (Tattie Holidays!) and, when we reached Inveraray, it was really quite busy.  Bracing – but definitely busy.

Inveraray
Bracing weather in Inveraray

Yes – you’ve spotted that Debra and Annette found some sunshine – and, although it was bracing, the scenery was stunning.  The Clyde Puffer, the Vital Spark, was tied up at the pier.

Vital Spark, Inveraray - ParaHandy
The Vital Spark – star of the ParaHandy TV Series

 

 

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