Loch Awe Hotel
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... but tragic tale, as the Campbells took advantage of the ancient tradition of highland hospitality to massacre their hosts the MacDonalds as they slept one night. To this day, there is a major hotel in Glencoe that still refuses service and rooms to persons with the surname of Campbell. There is a sign above their front door very clearly saying 'NO HAWKERS OR CAMPBELLS", and they stick to it. Tonight we ...
... and yet this scene was just as beautiful as that in the brochure. No we didn't see it as it is always seen in photos, but we did capture the castle as it most probably is most of the time in Scottish weather.
Today is the equinox and the first day of autumn, although as I write the sun is still shining and the outdoor thermometer is showing 18⁰C, so it is hard to feel that the summer really is over. And what a summer it has been! Long, warm, sunny days; old friends dropping in for a few days on the back of other trips and others coming for a proper holiday; big birthday celebrations; theatre and gallery outings; major national events; walks with neighbours. ...
... my passenger to remark gamely how much he enjoys these switchback roads.
We make it safely to the Duke's Pass, another of those places where it is impossible not to stop to breathe the air and look at the view. The green surroundings are now pronouncedly mixed with hues of brown and yellow; the heather is nearly finished although some stray wisps of purple flowers still cling to each clump. The air is very still: the occasional echo of ...
... terriers and irn bru! After they had finished a bunch of highland dancers took to the stage and all different ages and kilts performed as one. I could remember the familiar padi- bah beat of the highland fling and sword dance. This display was followed by one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Former red hot chilli pipers members came on stage. About 7 men wearing cut off tops, tattooed sleeves, kilts ...