Monday, 7 June 2010

Armadale - Mallaig - Killin - Home



Armadale- Mallaig- Killin

Having climbed upto Old Man of Storr ( pictured left), we took a lovely little ferry journey to mainland, and then superb drive from Mallaig, by-passing the coast road and Ardnamurchan peninsula.  Something else to add to the “shopping list” for next time!  Glencoe, Fort William, Crianlarich, Killin.  Spotted something else for the list- there’s a great, wee train that steams along, chugging and belching smoke all the way from Fort Will to Mallaig.  Traffic pulls in , people climb from their cars and run up hill-sides with cameras, to get a shot of this great little train chugging past.  Must do that.  Also a little ferry from Corran to Ardnamurchan.  Both of us agree that the ferry journeys have been little gems in their own right.
Already thinking and planning next trip to Bonnie Scotland and the Isles!  Bike ride in the etape in Pitlochry in May 2011, then onto Oban, ferry to Mull, Tobermory, ferry to Kilchoan, Moidart, Mallaig, ferry to Corran………
Arrived at caravan club site at Killin, near the village, with its rushing waterfalls.  Lovely site with well-spaced out pitches.  Just in time for a “leisurely” cycle along the south side of Loch Tay.  Up and down and really tiring.  Body’s saying “Submit”!
Only cycled about 8miles down to a rather nice small hotel.  Even though they are situated on a cycle path, which is clearly marked, I think someone needs to tell them that cyclists don’t normally wear tweed, or designer gear, or carry Prada luggage.  The staff seemed at a loss to know what to do with us, in our bright yellow and blue lycra!  We dutifully placed ourselves out of sight and quietly asked for a cup of coffee!  The maitre d’ stared at us throughout the whole interaction, and having made up his mind about us, closed the hotel door, which led to the outside patio where we were sitting!  Charming!  And then he continued to glare at us through the glazed door.  Clearly our faces, dayglo outfits, and padded pants didn’t suit him!  I can’t think why!  £7 for two cups of coffee!!!!  Another 8 miles back.  Kna…..ered but at least it was a lovely evening and we managed a bbq on our last night.
6am start and drove all the way back, arriving home at about 2pm!

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