Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Highland Holidays! - scroll down throw photos - to start at end! This post is a bit Topsy Turvy!

     Stunning Victorian Viaduct which we scambled up to - sadly missed train going over it, but did see it coming into station.
   Mr. O V. excited at stream train pulling up.
    Railway Museum.
     T on Harry Potters Broom (He's not here to remind me of actual name!)

    View from Carriage Cafe

     Fabulous Dining Car. Just perfect for lunch.
     Stunning Church doors.
     Views from church.
    Flowers left over from a wedding - the reception had been at the hotel just before we arrived in a Marquee overlooking the loch.
     Really beautiful, crumbly interior of Church. Glenfinnan is tiny - couldn't even call it a village, yet it had this stunning Church. 

     Found these little stone sculptures. Kids, adults or drunken wedding guests?
     View from hotel.

     Great typewriter on first floor hall.
     Hotel foyer. So cosy.
     Hotel exterior.
     Camp at night!
     Dinner time.
     Camp kitchen.

     Fab cafe at Loch Morlich beach. Great homebaking!

     Loch Morlich beach is ridiculously beautiful. Forest, mountains, sand and sea - sun - an ickle bit!
     Stream a few meters from camp. Beautifully noisy at night.
     Forget getting dressed. Fishing in jammies.
     Boys who sew. Quick bit of stitching before socializing took over.

Not long back from family trip from Highlands.
Four days camping at the wonderful Rothiemurchus site.

Above was our stunning views from camp. Awesome - even with midges (not so awesome).
The weather up north was surprisingly really good. Yes we had a bit of rain (the last 24 hours torrential - not such fun when camping!) but it was really warm.

After four days bumming around campsite, taking in local stunning walks, we headed to Glenfinnan, staying at the Glenfinnan  House Hotel, which was a real treat after camping.

The hotel was perfect. Really shabby and rundown  with the most wonderful smell of burning logs throughout the hotel. The rooms were less quaint in that they were had been done up and lacked personality, like the rest of the house. They were extremely comfortable though and had a huge bathroom with spa bath which the kids loved. The hotel didn't issue keys for rooms unless you wanted one which was a great freedom.

Glenfinnan is a stunning place to stay for a couple of days with lots of history, and we just wondered around on foot finding so many things to do including the stunning Glenfinnan Station Museum and wonderful Dining Car which was right up our street and served the most delicious homemade food - really unexpected.

When we were there we noticed a Sleeping Car - which I have only just realised you can actually stay in! Boys were also really excited as part of the Harry Potter movie ' Chambers of Secrets was filmed here.

A wonderful break!

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