This has been our longest travels today. Great time had by all though and the afternoon sunshine was just so refreshing for us all.
We covered the most miles today first heading over the bridge to The Isle of Skye which was so lovely travelling a lot of miles there with our Tour Guide telling us there isn't much there but everyone loved it. we headed over the bridge to Skye having just been to view the Eilean Donan Castle in the loch not far from there at Dornie then heading through Lochalsh. The scenery was wonderful although I suppose we are now being acclimatised to the cold, wet and wind that cuts into you. I thought my ancestors were from the Isle of Skye but now my brother, Tony tells me they were from the Isles of Tiree and Col, which now of course, I remember from his delving into our ancestry on our Dad's side. Unfortunately, we aren't going to either of the but I am sure they would be similar to Skye.
We headed down the coast line to the Sound of Skeat to catch the vehicular ferry over to the mainland to Mallaig. We waited there a short while and there were some really interesting shops to pop into to keep out of the cold. One shop was just the best shop for me with very different clothes, felt and wooden knits hats, scarves and all sorts of things to my taste. I could have bought heaps in there but I was very restrained and just bought a cat stamp which I plan to use on fabric to make something spectacular I hope.
The ferry journey was only 20 minutes but lovely and calm and outside, surprisingly wind free. Back in the bus and off though the rest of Highlands. These, by now, are getting a bit tedious. I am a bit over the gorse and the Heather is not in flower yet. It reminds us of the desert road constantly but goes on the miles and miles more so it's time to get away from the Scottish Highlands now.
We headed into Fort William for lunch and through the last of the Highlands, seeing the area the Campbell's masequered the Mac Gregors. here I felt bad to be relate to the Campbell Clan and some people told me I must not feel responsible for what my forebears did.
Back in the bus and on down to Loch Lomond where the sky was blue and the sun was warm. Just about all of the tour party exhausted the ice cream seller I think as we sat in the sun by this beautiful loch.
Finally, we have arrived in Glasgow to a modern hotel called Glasgow Pond Hotel. Strange name but it is in a beautiful park with a pond which we see from our room with ducks and swans and signets. Really picturesque and a lovely dinner served soon after we arrived for our one night stay.