The Dores Inn Resturant and Pub. North end of the south side of Loch Ness. Very nice!
Well we arrived in Edinburgh safe and sound. The airport is well laid out, and we retrieved our bags quickly. We had to take a shuttle to the hotel where the Thrifty car rental was located (I thought it was at the airport). But everything worked out. My big disappointment with renting a car was that my insurance at home would not cover me while driving in the UK. It is only for the U.S. and Canada. I had found a deal on the rental, so the insurance was more than the rental of the car….argggg! But the rental car is very nice. It is a brand new VW Passat (I think that is how it is spelled).
This is the only "beach" on Loch Ness. North end of the Loch. Behind the Dores Inn.
It drives very nice.
It is a bit weird driving it, but the only problem I am having is stalling it every now and then.
It is a manual transmission, and shifting with my left hand is a bit different. I am fine when moving up through the gears, but sometimes have problems with the down shifting.
My clutch work is spot on.
My feet are telling my hands to get it together. J
The drive from Edinburgh to Inverness took a bit longer than I had thought. This country does not believe in traffic lights. Where ever we would have a nice traffic control light, they have roundabouts. It takes a bit getting used to. I got turned around (pun intended) a couple of times.
Looking south down the loch from Dores.
But, I have a good mapping program with GPS capability.
As soon as I was off course, the program told me.
And with the good mapping, I could see where I was, where I was suppose to be, and a route to get back on track.
Much better than a map, shows my location in real time. When we got to Inverness
the laptop froze up, and I got off track.
Being a guy I had to drive around a bit to see if I could find my way. NOPE!
I rebooted the laptop, restarted the mapping program, entered my destination, and presto!
It showed me where I was, and what I needed to do to get to where I was trying to go.
While we were driving, Brian says to me, “Hey dad, they have a problem with graffiti here too. I was busy driving (but had not seen any tagging) and asked Brian what he was talking about. He said, “Dad, somebody tagged the sheep”! The next field we passed I looked to see what he was talking about.
A misty morning on the loch.
Sure enough the sheep had been “tagged” with blue, red, and orange paint.
I assume it helps the owner know who is up to be sheared and who is good for dinner!
The drive took us over a mountain range (I think it is called the Grampians). While we were driving it started to snow. And I mean it was snowing pretty heavy. But it was not cold enough for it to stick on the ground. But, for a while I was worried about getting stuck on this highway, out in the middle of nowhere. So I just kept pushing on.
Our B&B is pretty nice. It has partial views of Loch Ness, at the north end of the Loch in a community called Dores. We have full size and a single bed. I don’t feel like having the boys kick me, so I took the single. We have a ensuite bathroom with a small shower. It is about the size of a closet (the shower), but the bathroom is a nice size. Our room includes breakfast, and there is a village pub across the way where we can get dinner.
Tomorrow we plan to make a drive around the loch, and stop at Urquardt Castle and the Nessie 2000 center.