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... rgb(219, 237, 254);">Pulling over on the side of the road, we all jumped off in the pouring rain. The reason for this stop over was the famously picturesque Kilchern Castle which features in the brochure as a beautiful castle situated on another glass like loch, snow capped mountains distantly in the background. With the rain pelting down, this was not our experience of the castle. The glass water was defaced with ripples of rain, the snow capped mountains were clocked in fog ...
... some memorable meals, both at home and out.
The almost unbroken good weather meant that the regular task list expanded to include watering the garden and washing the car - housekeeping chores usually taken care of by nature up here. The former task did usually make it into action but the latter did not, and my poor car is looking very dusty indeed after four months of running about discovering new places and revisiting old favourites. And there ...
... It's easy to imagine what is was like 300 years ago, it hasn't changed much!
As we came out of the mountains, the weather cleared up for a glorious sunny afternoon. We had to stop at Tarbert, the largest town on Harris, and snap a few shots of the harbor with boats under blue skies!
We followed the west coast to Luskentyre Sands. What a surprise to see white sand and sun when ...
The rain from last night was still persisting this morning as we set off for Scotland, and the temperature did not get above 13 deg. all day. As we drove north on the A595 to Carlisle the rain became heavier and by the time we entered Scotland at Gretna Green on the M6 it was bucketing down and there were illuminated signs warning of heavy rain and flooding all along the motorway. Welcome to Scotland!
With visibility so poor we could not make out a lot of the scenery ...
... with terrific root system.
Carried on to Arrocha - a lovely waterside spot. Sat for a while before continuing on. Drove through Inverary - lovely spot with lots of white buildings. Did not stop at the castle. Drove down the side of Loch Fyne into the area of Kintyre.
Arrived at at town called Tarbert - late in the afternoon - time to find somewhere to stay. ...