Gales and Midges
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Today we drove through the Cairngorms, a mountain range in Scotland passing Ben Nevis at it's foothills and Glen Nevis. Found a spot beside a river where we had lunch of bread rolls, cheese and bananas washed down with lime cordial! We were headed towards the Isle of Skye and for a couple of days we had noticed a slow leak in one of the tyres so found a "National" tyre service to have it fixed. Andrew and I decied that it would ptobably be about the cost of a case of beer in whichever country we are in as it seems to be the universal charge. It was!
At a nearby supermarket we bought the makings for the dinner in the evening and I found a bottle of gooseberry wine in a tourist shop from Lindesfarne.. Onwards through some magnficent moors and mountains and we spotted two patches of snow.
We had 45 mins before the next departure so we walked into the village and found a shop with lots of Aussie surfing wear. Back on the quayside we purchased a couple of coffees and a bottle of dandylion and burdock drink from a van and the guy recognising our accents showed us a silver fern hat pin from New Zealand that "a really nice guy" gave to him.
A beautiful, beautiful isle. One lane roads then we came out onto a good two lane road. I had trouble fixing on the road as the views were spectacular. After about 35 miles we spotted a camping ground on a windy exposed site with huge mountains on 3 sides and the inlet from the sea on the other. By now the wind was gale force and Andrew set to putting it up tying it down really well. I cooked up a pot of hunters stew ( everything I could find to make a hearty meal) with chicken.
We detour off to teh west coast to see the spectacular coastline the guide books tell of. It is and there are many lochs. Then it is back to the east cast to cross back to the mainland via the Skye Bridge which no longer seems to have a toll in place.
We pass the ruins of a castle on a penninsular in a loch which are reputed to be the most photographed ruins by tourists to Scotland. By early afternoon we are approaching Morayshire on the east coast of Scotland and towards the place that we lived in on two postings. Detour to Findhorn because I wanted to see the caravan park made famous 40 years ago when people settled there and grew the most amazing vegetables and roses on the salty, windswept sandy soil.
Go looking for my old school but the grey stone building is no longer there and it seems that only the primary school in temporary looking buildings seems to be there now and shortly I find the new high school that has been built somewhere else. Leaving Lossie we pass through Elgin and in to the Speyside country.