Heading towards Killin

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Maragowen Caravan Park

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why Killin you may well ask, never heard of the place. Well our friendly neighbours who were parked next to us the last couple of nights, advised us to take a look. You were right Graham and Denise it was a splendid drive with superb scenery. Said our goodbye's to Graham and Denise early this morning with the promise of catching up with them in Aberdeen, we will make sure we do. Our first stretch was between Ayr and Gourock, a lovely seafront drive and some pretty villages to drive through. Our stop after that was Inveraray, we thought we would be going via a road but Basil knew we were due for something different, and directed us to the ferry. Nice change. Sorry Basil , you were right once again and we are both sorry we told you to shut up when you mentioned ' recalculating" From now on you are the boss. The ferry took us across the water ( about 30 minutes ) to the town of Dunoon. Very touristy when it is busy but today far it was pretty quiet. A lovely hotel meets you when you drive of the ferry as well. Very Pretty. While we were on the ferry we had a nice chat to the fellow in the car next to us. David form Glasgow.  Gosh in OZ we would make him a Davo straight away. It seems that Davo likes travel stories and one day would like to travel. We hope he makes it and all his travel dreams come true.
It did not take us very long to reach Inveraray, a nice town but nothing much to write home about. We drove through the town a bit and also drove to the Inveraray Castle where the present Duke and Duchess of Argyle still reside today. Sounds like  I know all about it, but in reality I do not have a bloody clue who they are, and how long they have managed to hold on to the Castle. It looked pretty good but we did not go in. We are leaving castles alone for just a little while. An exterior view only. Nevertheless the drive was breathtaking and good roads. Getting a little hungry by now so we stopped at a village pub to have some lunch. If only I could remember the name of the village, then I could advise you to skip it, there is a better one  further up the road. Finally we reached the village of Killin and what a beauty she is. I will quote the parish minister back in the 1790's   "  From Glens and Lochs, woods and mountains, many roads meet here. Two peaceful rivers- the Dochart and the Lochay- flow beside the village and join beyond. The winding of these rivers through the plain at the end of the lake, and the surrounding hills, in many parts skirted with wood, serve to render the situation of the village both picturesque and pleasant".  More than two centuries later the same applies, we took the time this afternoon to explore the village and its surrounds and was a delight to see.
We are here for only 1 night but it will be enough, we have to leave some time for our visit to the Isle of Sky.
A very rewarding day with lots of scenery to die for. See you tomorrow.

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