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Family Trip Review – Scotland
By Diane Maxwell

After complaining enough about Duane's driving in England, so much so that he pulled into the slow lane behind a car pulling a horse trailer for miles, Derek drove us into Scotland.

We left Caerlaverock Castle in the south of Scotland after lunch and decided to drive straight through to Dunoon. We lived for about 3 years in Dunoon and that is where Duane went to school and learned to play soccer and where Derek was born.

What to do in Scotland

We zipped up the highway and hit Glasgow at 5/6 pm traffic. Wonderful, especially when you aren't sure where you are going. We found the car ferry at Gourock, only to think that they were closed for the night. Duane got out in the rain to ask about the schedule and found that the next ferry was at 8pm. Derek got us on the ferry only to find that it was not a drive on/drive off, it was a drive on and make a sharp right turn to get off. The van made the bend pretty well and off we went to find the B&B we had called about from the ferry.

This B&B, Dhailling House, overlooked the water, the Firth of Clyde, and was wonderful with 3 rooms for us to spread out in and with big ensuite bathrooms. I shared a room and bed with Lauren and lucky for me, and her, she didn't kick. Breakfast was hot and filling and shared with a couple of other travelers.
 
We did the tour of our old home town and took pictures of Duane's school(s), our old B&B (1 room) we lived in for 3 long months, Derek's birth hospital, and the house we lived in when Derek was born. Our other house had been torn down and a new apartment house is now sitting there. We ate downtown and shopped at the little stores then headed out of town and into the Highlands. Lauren made Alexa cry by calling her a Total Loser (not sure why) and Katelyn fell off the curb again and twisted her ankle.
 
We drove up and thru the Scottish Highlands, twisting and turning little roads, and some beautiful country
, however, I swear Zack and Alexa took sleeping pills every morning. Both would sit in the car and pull their sweatshirt hoods over their heads and go to sleep until we would stop again.  Other kids, who you wanted to go to sleep, stayed awake -hitting each other and talking nonstop.

 

The next day we drove to Inveraray for lunch on Loch Fyne and took pictures of the castle (home of the Campbell clan). We stopped for the night in Fort William and took three rooms at the West End Hotel . We found out that it was the last night of their Highland Games so off we went on foot looking for the park. We got to see caber tossing, highland dancing, and the strongman car pull. I don’t think that is a sanctioned game activity but it was interesting. Dinner was fish and chips from the local ‘take away’.

After shopping in downtown Ft. William we were our way to Urquhart Castle beside Loch Ness. The kids had a good time looking for Nessie but I think it saw us coming and stayed under water!

We decided to drive on to Inverness and Culloden Battlefield for a couple of nights. However, Inverness was having a music festival and a sporting event and there was not one single room in the whole town, and it is a big town. We finally found a resort that had a sister resort, Macdonald Highland Resort, with a vacant lodge about 30 minutes down the road in Aviemore.  Off we went, 90 miles an hour, just in case someone else found out about it!  The lodge was a 2 story log cabin sleeping 6, per the fire code. We asked about putting a little one on the floor but decided to take them up on the offer of an additional room in the 4-Seasons hotel.  I pulled rank on everyone and I took the hotel room with the hot breakfast and they got the lodge!  The next night the lodge was booked so they had to move into another resort hotel while I stayed put. It was a nice little tourist town and we shopped and ate downtown while Bonnie Prince Charlie and Culloden Battlefield got left behind.

Continue: to page 2 of Scotland - Family Trip Review, on our way south to Edinburgh

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