Breakfast this morning was scrambled eggs with bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. We decided to go to Aberdeen as it is only 40 miles away.
Our first task was to find a parking garage. With that sorted we stopped in at Books and Beans for an espresso and machiato (£3.20).
We walked down Belmont street but there was no market.
The indoor market in Market street is not worth the detour.
We went to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum which was fantastic. The highlights include great information on the Aberdeen fishing industry history, the Titanic and the North Sea oil rigs.
We had lunch at the Old Blackfriars which is part of the same chain as The Advocate in Edinburgh. I chose Red Smiddy to drink and Dave had Bellhaven Best IPA. Dave had tempura battered king prawns (£4.96) and I had chicken and sweetcorn soup (£3.69). Our total bill came to £11.58.
We made our way back to Ballater to shop for dinner and stopped off for an espresso, machiato and a whisky truffle for Dave (£3.60).
After relaxing in our lodge we went up to The Study for a whisky – Dave chose The Balvenie and I had Glenkinchie (£6.95).
We walked back to the lodge and shared a bottle of Suffolk Cyder. We’ve still not found anything as good as Devon cider. We finished off the pate and then had Scottish lamb chops with leeks, mushrooms, bacon and cream. We finished our bottle of La Pradera which we started last night. Dessert was the rest of the strawberries with cream before we finished the Stilton.
Dave had a repeat of his breakfast but I chose smoked salmon and scrambled eggs as my cooked bit. I added lovely berries to my porridge and I could have that every morning.
We then went to collect our langoustines before leaving the Isle via Skye bridge.
We headed through Kyle of Lochalsh to Invegarry where we stopped at the Glengarry Castle Hotel for tea (for me) and coffee and shortbread (for Dave) = £7.50. This which was served in a lounge over 100 years old with an amazing view.
We then went over Spean bridge to Roy bridge where we made a wrong turn to Newtonmore.
We should have followed the road to Dalwhinnie but instead we went through Laggan where we stretched our legs, and then to Newtonmore where we bought sandwiches for lunch.
We headed back in the direction of Dalwhinnie, heading for Perth. We then drove through Pitlochry before doing a tour of Edradour. It was amazing and the cost of £7.50 each included two tastings and a glass plus an amazing tour that I can highly recommend and will blog about separately.
We drove back to Ballater via Braemar where we shopped for a few essentials. We got a bottle of Magners Irish cider to enjoy before dinner with partridge pate. Supper was 20 langoustines (£5.50) with carrots, mushrooms and a lemon garlic butter sauce.
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)
After breakfast of bacon and eggs we packed up and left Edinburgh.
We drove through Dundee to Arbroath where we bought smokies and scallops.
We took a scenic drive to Finzean Farm Stall. I had elderflower presse to drink and Dave had an espresso. For lunch I had slow roasted cherry tomato and goats cheese quiche and Dave had chicken pie.
The food and drinks were about £22 and we spent a total of £44.50 there as we did grocery shopping as well.
We stopped in Ballater before heading to our timeshare, and took a slow walk around, stopping for coffee before driving further up the road.
We are in the Craigendarroch mountains and snow is visable. Our unit is in the forrest and is huge. We have a two bedroom, two bathroom, 6 sleeper. It has a lounge with a fancy TV and sound system, an open plan dining room and a well kitted out kitchen. We have gadgets galore and a dishwasher. The upstairs bathroom includes a sauna and the washing machine. I’m using a drying cupboard for the first time ever. Our bedroom is downstairs and we have a dressing room and spa bath! I am in heaven. We went to take a look at the gym and spa. The swimming pool is tempting but I don’t have a costume with me. We had drinks in the bar, Guinness for Dave and Gaymers original cider for me. Supper started with scallops, pan fried in butter. Mains were pork sausages with a shallot and tomato mix and mushrooms and courgettes flavoured with garlic greens. Wine tonight is Minervois 2009.