"Bless This House"
Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
29Trip End Oct 19, 2012
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Today is a short two hour drive to Inverness with one important highlight en route... Urquhart Castle.
Grandma has long claimed that, as an Urquhart descendant, this is her ancestral base.
(I have long claimed that the closest ancestor we have there lives in the lake...)
We watch the short history of the castle - which reveals a Pict, Macdonald and Grant domination
And the obligatory cruise through the gift shop. We farewell this house and continue east.
At Inverness, we drive straight through in search of a more appealing countryside bakery for lunch. We find nothing and return. Inverness gives an overall gloomy appearance and we resort to lunch inside a warm Macdonalds - our one and only descent to this depth in three weeks.
The car is returned to Thrifty with around 1300 miles added to the clock and £210 spent on fuel in total. This leaves a dull four hours to sit at the Inverness station waiting for the Caledonian Sleeper train to arrive - our home overnight back to London.
We have two sleeper cabins booked and true to form, they follow the first rule of train travel..
For we "first class" passengers - that is, not seats - there is a hot menu served at tables. The green chicken curry is very tasty, Ian enjoys a red wine and G-ma tucks into a can of beer. There is a merry lot at the far end of the car... mates travelling to London and on to Wales for a World Cup qualifying match. It explains the combinations of Scottish flag kilts with runners.
I remember back to the packs of mates that caught the overnight Prague-Venice train five years ago, carrying slabs of beer on board and hope that these guys haven't. Or are way down the other end...