Breakfast this morning was fried eggs, Arbroath smokeys and black pudding. We left early as the Gairnshiel bridge is damaged and made our way via the detour to Tomintoul, which is the highest village in the Highlands.
On the way we went passed Corgarff Castle and the Lecht Ski Centre which is 2090ft above sea level.There was still snow on the roof!
At Tomintoul we went to The Whisky Castle where we did a tasting and bought ourselves a bottle to bring home with us.
We then crossed over the Caledonian Canal a few times, and drove along Loch Ness.
Urquhart Castle was along this route.
We stopped at Fort Augustus to take a look at the locks.
We were stopped at one of the swing bridges where I got a photo of the Bridge of Oich.
We spent a fair amount of time in Fort William due to road works! Ben Nevis distellery is alongside the road so I will assume the snow capped peak above Fort William was Ben Nevis (which it is).
We caught the ferry from Malaig to Armadale (cost £31) before driving in to Port Tree.
We are staying at Ben Tianavaig bed and breakfast in the room named Earlish. Quite ironic as Charlotte did not get our request to change the date and she has us arriving tomorrow. Luckily for us this was not a problem.
Shortly we will be going for a walk before our dinner at Sea Breezes Restaurant.
We decided to have 2 starters each and we both started with Manhattan chowder which was a rich tomato base with mussels (£4).
Dave had crab claws and I had the mussel starter which was a generous portion cooked in a lemongrass broth (£5.95).
We drank a bottle of Fraser’s Bay pinotage (£14.50) and finished our meal with a rich chocolate tart (£5.25) and a selection of Scottish cheeses, the best one being the Orkney cheddar (£5.25)