We Bagged a Munro!
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The first venture on Monday was to walk down to the car rental place and pick up our rental vehicle‚Ä¶.which turned into an arduous affair. After much determination we succeeded in taking possession of our wheels and I re-acquainted myself with the misery of driving overseas. The travel guides tell you that scoring an automatic transmission is difficult, but I am incredulous. I have driven stick my entire life and reserved a manual to get a price break‚Ä¶but we wound up with an automatic anyway! I have no problem driving on the left side of the road (but need to focus when exiting a rotary), but what chaps my butt is how every time I try to hit the turn signal I switch on the windshield wipers, lol!
Our first destination after scoring wheels was to visit Chip at the ‚ÄėFarr House‚Äô.
We were duly impressed once we arrived. A grand estate with plentiful gardens and stone walls. Weren‚Äôt we surprised when Chip escorted us to the ‚Äúwing‚ÄĚ of the estate where he was the sole resident! Chip had taken a vacation day and we absconded to Aviemore, south of
Our target was
After consumption, we made our way to the base of
The trail was steep, but otherwise not difficult, and it was roughly two hours before we reached the funicular station. Chip was wiped and opted to await us at the station, which had a gift shop, snack bar, etc., while we finished the assault along a clearly marked, rock strewn trail.
Despite how easy you would think it is to follow this man-made path to the top, the railings soon disappeared and when the heavy cloud cover blew in you had to pause! We were undaunted however, and soon bagged our first Munro! It was terribly windy atop the peak, and though the final destination was clearly marked by the biggest cairn I‚Äôve ever witnessed it was a slow crawl.
As always, the descent was much easier and we rebounded to Aviemore for a tasty dinner at an Indian restaurant, the Royal Tandori. Then much more rambling along the narrow Scottish roadways to return to