The Aultguish Inn
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Had a bit of a sleep in today and awoke to snow on the mountains across the Loch, pretty speccy. After an excellent breakfast and a couple of teas we headed off on an hour cruise on the Loch Ness. The scenery was perfect and I was the only one to venture onto the "uppers". We got back had another brew and headed to Urquart Castle for a bite of lunch then a look around the ruins. It has quite a mixed history. It was here that I realised that I no longer had any nuts as they had crawled so ...
Today started off well until we got to breakfast and there was something that neither Emily or I noticed. Upon asking we were told that it was Haggis. I thought **** it, when in Rome. So I had some with breakfast and I won't be lining up for or paying to eat it again. Every Scotsman that I speak to tell me that it is the ducks guts, or in this case the sheep's guts. It was another reason for Tina and the girls to ridicule and mock me. Anyway we then headed for a bit of a ...
... it than Lochinver or Kinlochbervie, including a ferry to Stornoway. We spent a couple of hours ashore in the in uncharacteristically warm weather and saw all there was to see except we didn't have time to check out the museum. The local pub even had Doom Bar, all the way from Cornwall. Home from home
... and they would be obvious in records because of their non highland names (nearly everyone here is a McKenzie), they are almost invisible, not written about at all. They were “incomers” and maybe many left before being really accepted. I notice collie dogs for sale up here, as toys and doorstops, and what are they - “border collies” of course, dear little intelligent black and white ones like Alex Matheson’s Snow.
... the enigma of how the builders got some of these stones into place, some of which weigh over 10 tons! And this was before the development of the wheel...crazy. What's amazing too is that the structure is just as stable as when it was built, despite a Victorian archaeologist semi-ruining it.
Finally, our last stop was at the Brough of Birsay, a walkway you can only cross at low tide to get to a small island where there were ruins of a ...