1 EAGLETON NOTES: A West Coast Journey

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Friday, 29 June 2012

A West Coast Journey

Watching the News tonight it is plain to see that travelling in England and Scotland has been a bit of a trial today for quite a few people.  Trains have been cancelled on both the West and East Coast routes because of floods, landslips and even fire.  Pestilence wasn't mentioned though so that's something for which to be thankful.  

Getting up at 0435 is not something I enjoy unless it's a beautiful morning and I don't actually have to get up but do it voluntarily.  Today at 0627 we were 43 miles away from Eagleton at the Tarbert Ferry Terminal on Harris.  We had a ferry journey to Uig on Skye of 1hr 40 mins and then a whole day to drive 248 miles to Anna's near Glasgow.  We journeyed through mixed weather but latterly the rain varied between heavy and torrential and driving was rather a chore.

On Skye
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Alsh
Towards Aonoch Mor from the Commando Memorial 
Towards Aonoch Mor from the Commando Memorial 

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  1. Oh dear! They are giving out "severe weather" warnings here in South Germany, too, but so far, nothing has happened; we've had a tropical day of around 35 Celsius and sunshine and very high humidity yesterday, today doesn't look much different (yet).
    The picture of the castle is fantastic!! Looking at it makes me instantly want to go there and have a closer look. Is it open to the public? Does anyone live there?

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    1. Yes it is open to the public Meike and there is a wonderful and well-designed cafe and, of course, gift shop complex built where I was taking the photo from. When we were there yesterday there were a lot of cars and coaches but it's all big enough for it not to appear crowded. I don't think that anyone lives at the Castle now but I can't be sure about that.

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  2. Quite breathtaking views! Thanks for sharing them. It's been too long since I had a chance to visit a castle ;) That second photo should be a wall-poster, or a postcard.

    I do hope the weather situation will clear up for you on the rest of the journey.

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    1. That's very kind of you Monica. I think (must check) that I've done a post some time ago on the Castle with some more sunny photos. It's a wonderful place.

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  3. Lovely, lovely images. I shall send them on to Keith. (It looks like, for a number of reasons, our trip will have to wait until '14, but that's OK. All the more time to look forward to it.)

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    1. Oh Katherine there is so much to see in Scotland. It will be well worth the wait. The photos I posted are nothing compared with most of Scotland but they were 'available' in that it wasn't actually raining nor was it too dull.

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  4. Oh, to walk your footsteps.....or press the pedal of your car....or the button on your camera; one can only dream of such places, GB! These are wonderful images...and life to see.

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    1. Thank you so much Heather. I am a very lucky person. I realise that. But you, too, live in a very beautiful place. In fact if we really keep our eyes open many of us see beauty every day. It's a question of what we regard as beauty. For me the countryside and particularly water and mountains are particularly beautiful.

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    2. I just read this after commenting on your latest post...you've answered my questions before I asked them ;)

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    3. Didn't I tell you that I'm psychic?

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  5. Wht beautiful photos, GB. I do think Scotland has a unique charm. Parts of British Columbia are similar and remind me of Scotland. Two lovely places.

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    1. It has, Carol. It has a grandeur and a beauty in the same way but on a much smaller scale than Canada. I've never visited BC. I once had plans to do the Trans Canada train journey but I think that'll be one bucket list thing that will remain unfulfilled.

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  6. Every one of these photos are wonderful. Hard for me to imagine that those castles are real. Stuff of movies for me. Such a beautiful place.

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    1. Yes, Lisa, castles are real here in Britain. It's one of the things I miss in New Zealand where European settlers didn't arrive until the mid 1800s and Maori didn't build castles (and didn't have the wheel).

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  7. What beautiful photos....serene and breathtaking.....makes me wish I had the time to visit Scotland on my UK visit later this year. Thanks for taking us with you.

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    1. It's a great shame that you don't Virginia. Scotland has a grandeur that you would surely appreciate.

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