I wake up to the chatty chat of the wheels the gentle rocking movement of the train. I look at my watch. Erm if I get up now I could go and watch some of Scotland go by. I quietly get out of bed, have a wash in the sink under the window and get changed.
We are flying by the scenary and as I’m just about to leave, Alan opens the interconnecting door, “Nack were are you going?”. “I’m going to watch the scenery go by in the dinner car, I didn’t mean to wake you”. “I#’ll join you in a minute” he says.
I make my way down the corridors and to the buffet car. There the same man is still on duty. “wow I say have you been up all this time?” He has and we have a good natter. I ask for a couple of teas which he tells me he’s not meant to let me have as they will be served to our carriage later. Eventually though he gives me one, and I then repipe up “I need two”.
I get large table and some moments later Alan appears and we drink our refreshing tea and watch the world go by.
We are certainly in Scotland because its raining
And there's snow on the peaks.
And whilst we sit here with our teas some more people come down and ask for tea and the man tells them to go wait in there cabins as they ill be brought to them.
Zoe eventually gets up and goes erm I’ll go and get a cup of tea. I consider what the man's reaction will be and weather she’ll end up returning with one. Yes she charms him and now we have a table full of tea just to upset the others customers.
Even better Zoe we will still get more tea delivered to our cabins, even though we are not in them.
I think I can see Inverness we should head back to get our bags and drink that tea.
Yep tea had been left in the cabins. we drank up and Alan looked outside the train.
It slowed up as it pulled into the station.
People got busy in the corridor, the train came to a stop and
we were out enjoying the Scottish rain.
Alan is off, does he know where breakfast is then?
No is the answer to that. And nope he doesn’t know where the hotel is either. This isn’t the Alan I know surely. We study a map and make a plan of eaving the bags at the hotel and then finding food.
we cross town, over the bridge and head into the Premier Inn where we are made most welcome.
I get a map from the hotel and we head off to the tourist office.
back over the river on the springy footbridge.
“Nack is this the old building in the town? Its closed!”. We head past it and onto the tourist office where they don't have a map on the shelf. Zoe goes and asks if they have any more in stock and then finds out some more interesting things and also some walks that can be done.
First thoug we are looking for breakfast and head to the indoor market.
My oh my what a breakfast that was!
We are all full now and well have to burn some of that off. It’s decide though that itf we are going for a walk we should all get changed into walking gear as its so wet. I quick visit to Black’s and then we head back tot he hotel via
one of the many churches there are on offer here.”Lets go in this one I say”
“Nack you have picked a very interesting one here”
Well this tomb is.
Inside we have a delightful experience. Inside are two senior people who want to give us a tour of the place. They seem very knowledgeable of the place. Do they just hang out here or are they genuine guides. I’ll never know but they pointed out a few interesting things.
The stained windows here where fantastic and the one of the left of the stage pictured the Nessi monster. The only one you can not get you camera in to take a shot of, so this will have to do.
This clock is interesting.
Along with what this says and how it says it.
And whilst from the outside the church looks like an other dare I say, inside the layout is totally different.
Giving a great view of the staged area and organ from every seat. Here you could have a concert.
They eventually drag me out and back over the bridge to the hotel, where we are meet by the same receptionist, who fins us a room each. now oddly whilst there are no family advertised here, I got one for me, on my own and Alan and Zoe got a Double room for the two of them! Odd ball or what. Mind I did pay more for my room than they did for there’s.
Once changed we start our walking adventure.
And our first port of call along the river bank is the Cathedral.
Shh and we enter
There is an Angle in the one corner, I go and pinch it. Erm it doesn’t move
I head to the alter, turn round and look up at what the priest gets to enjoy when they are standing here.
Outside Alan and Zoe are enjoying the fresh air and most likely pondering what is he looking at in there now?
Come on Nack we are doing the Ness Walk.
Any chance we are going to spot it in the River? I thought it was meant to be in the Loch.
Shall we just leave him here?
Nack can you do this.
Alan departs looking at something but what?
erm what was Alan looking at?
Ahh this birdie in the water.
The other side of the bridge is this interesting car, nope I mean tree.
oooh well I never.
And next to it this memorial.
A nice piece of stone is how i would describe it.
We carry on the romantic walk down the river side.
I enjoy the blossoms that are around and in bloom.
As I say
it was a romantic walk.
Dotted around where some wooden objects to sit on. But being so wet we didn’t sit.
The walking continued.
Here would have been nice to sit down.
i can understand why the tress grow so well here
i look out over the water from another bridge
Look somewhere else to sit.
“Nack why do you want to sit so much?” they asked
Alan looks up at the sky, then down into the big large puddle.
We skip from island to island
and when I say skip I mean we use the bridges that are so conveniently positioned.
into the woods we go. What will we find?
Trees with fur?
Bells that are blue?
Or even spot pink elephants?
I sniff the blossoms thinking I’ve had too much fresh air.
Zoe is explain that the toliet is calling her and off she goes. What se doesn’t know is what is just round the corner. “Alan take a look at this”, I say.
Most of you aren't going to understand the excitement.
Its a tradition I think.
But Alan surely did! (you should watch the video its on youtube).
There was no stopping him.
“Why won’t it fly?”
Wibble Wobble why is this so hard to do.
Bouncy bouncy bounce goes the Alan.
“Alan come and try this”, I say
Bonza mate bonza
Someone obviously saw us three coming and disappeared!
Too much excitement for Alan and he wandered off.
We followed walking through the abundance of blue bells.
It was nice if wet.
I sure hope he knows where he’s going!
“Alan what do you mean you think you’ve gone wrong. Give me the map. Alan we are crossing this. Of course its safe. Look I’ll go first, if it doesn't collapse I’m not coming back over”. “I don’t like the look of it Nack” says Alan. “Get your asses over and don’t fall in” I reply. I watched them cross and oddly neither of them put there footing on the structurally sound areas like I did. I thought not to mention it – it would only have worried them. “Well done Nack you have brought us to a fenced off area” alan comments. “Alan we either go over or around its as simple as that” I say.
And three fence panels along the fence ended. Now what was the point in that?
up the steps we go and we reach
the canal. Yuk its raining now.
I’d rather be on that boat, I think.
along the canal there are some interesting things. I keep a note to look out for the fairies.
We reach the swing bridge and cross it walking on the opposite side.
We stop and have a discussion on the route we are now taking. We decide to cut it short. But not too short. This may have been a mistake.
we walk through a residential area stopping at the Spar to get some food for a bit to eat at the top of the hill.
This way says Alan.
I’m now very soggy, the red hiking jacket appears to have lost its waterproofness. Erm I must have washed it too many times.
Up a path and when I say up it is up, it may not look it but up it is.
“Are you wet Nack?”
“no I’m not – I’m soaked”
and we carrying on the walk upwards
“Nack this is it” explains Zoe.
and we face an open area where an ancient fort used to be situated.
Good for viewing, good o collecting rain water.
Very good for phone sgnal
I admire the colours of the plants
The wetness of the grasses
This is it then, this is where we are having dinner.
“Nack are you loving it or what”
“I feel I’ve come on holiday with you to be punished”
We are wet wet wet like the pop group wet.
Arses both of them and we start our way down.
It’s no drier on the way down either.
Interesting growth, is that down to the dampness?
Its not like a wood it like a damp humid jungle.
I think Alan’s got us lot again.
Down I suggest.
Ah the main raod, from which we can see this bridge and the footie stadium way way way off.
Nack I think the building at the end is a pub. We can warm up there.
She is so wrong.
Wow is that the time.
No its not!
So here is the end of the canal or the beginning of it depending on how you look at it. And this fact is important as you will see later on.
Zoe and Alan make friends with a dog. And its friend wants to remain friends. The dog doesn’t want to go home with the owner, nope he wants to go home with thee pair. I consider swapping.
So the view from here is good.
Even my camera is now wet on the inside!
We walk back and the owner of the dog advised there is a pub nearby. “Nack I can see it from up here” I hear them shout.
And they were not lying. I hope it has a fire on – noting no smoke from the chimneys.
Alan goes to the bar,
I have a cup of tea.
some cake and
out comes a game called Noah.
Yay this game is great!
After constantly winning and having a few beers they insist move on. “Nack do you want to go to see the Titanic museum you suggested”, asks Zoe. “Nope i reply Not right now!”
We are heading for the remote area to see seals and other wildlife. Luckily it is raining still.
Keep your eyes peeled you never know you may see a Dolphin.
Well we get to see a seal.
and a nessie,
and a Dolphin!
And a shark!
“No there Dolphins Nack” says Zoe
“I know a shark when I see one and there isn’t just one, there's two!”
They do a couple of jumps out of the water, yep there Dolphins and I feel, well wet actually.
We head back to the hotel.
Down the riverside.
And here we are. Just think I can dry off.
Once refresh, warm and dry we head to the pub up the road.
They must have know we were coming and what we were going to order I say.
Because two seconds after we order the food appears!
I have pass the parcel.
Or fish and chips wrapped up.
Alan has something nice.
And then we play a new game, I was too good at Noah.
Love letters ah
We pay th bill and call it a night. Nack is struggling big time to keep his eyes open.
We walk along the riverside.
Take a look at the bridge and head indoors.
At least I’m dry now.