Travel Blogs from Tongue
... front. Hmmm! Great in theory, but will it work in practice? Well, yes it did. But, there was other dimension to be considered. Peat forms on Lewisian gneiss as the rock layer is impermeable. And, peat means midges. But, the wind keeps the midges at bay - until the wind drops, which it does if the landform provides protection as a front comes through.
So,when Jen and I leaped nimbly out of our tent for a wee break at 0130, around two hours after the front and its rain band ...
... see the one thing that is rather hard to see----The Old Man of Hoy! This rock stands so proudly out in front of an incredibly beautiful cliff of the island of Hoy. Hoy means "High Island", from the old Norse "HAEY". It is the second largest island in Orkney, at 57 square miles. Here is the only rock-cut-chambered tomb to be found in Britain. There are many interesting things to be seen here.
As soon as the ferry got to where we could see ...
Stayed the night at Tongue in a hotel that used to be earl of sutherland's hunting lodge. The earl is still hated as he was the one most responsible for the clearing out the highlands of most of the crofters. He decided farmer sheep was more profitable so he just threw thousands of people out of their homes. Most of them ended up in slums in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the mid 1800's. And then on to NZ and Aussie.
... the best days cycling I have ever done:) Within a few minutes of starting, our route took us on the notoriously dangerous A9, dum dum der!!! (Don't know how many, I'm better off not knowing, but we have kept hearing on the news while we have been on this trip that yet another cyclist, and sometimes an end to end cyclist, had been killed on the A9, flip!) so we understandably wanted to avoid it like the plague, but we simply had to do a 3 mile stretch of it ...
... that is what it said on the outside, it looked just like a house. We entered via a door at the side, straight into a bar out of the 1920's. Dirty glasses over the bar, indicating that a right royal session had gone on the night before. An elderly gentlemen appeared behind the bar and asked us what we would like. There was no menu on display, the only hint of what they sold was the two shelves of ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility