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Slower than molasses in wintertime!

THAT JUST ABOUT describes my wifi access perfectly and not only is it slow it has a nasty habit of dropping out completely - this is the second attempt I have made at posting this update to our touring holiday of Scotland! I originally wrote a post this morning before breakfast (me, an internet addict - never!) but just as I was about to submit it down went the internet. I didn't even manage to save it as a draft so here it is again.

Yesterday, we went for a drive (a mere 110 miles) around the peninsula of Ardnamurchan which lies across Loch Linnhe from Fort William. We started with what must be the worlds' shortest vehicle ferry crossing. At only about 3 minutes journey time the Corran ferry (seen in the photo here) crosses Loch Linnhe at the Corran narrows and, although it is quite expensive (£8.20 one way), it saves at least an hour's drive on a single-track road around the head of the loch and is a popular alternative, especially for tourists like us, although we have used the long way round once (only once, never again!).

One of the many small hamlets in Ardnamurchan is the village of Strontian whose claim to fame is that, in 1790, it was where a new chemical element was identified - Strontium - which took its name from the village ( VinceSummers will know more about this than I do). the photo here shows the approach to the village from the east which is the route from the Corran ferry:


But that was yesterday and we have moved on since then. This morning, after my failed attempt to upload a post, we left Fort William and drove north for four hours to Loch Maree where I am writing this. We took the scenic route and stopped for coffee along the way. To whet your appetite for tomorrow's post this is the view from our hotel room and look out for more tomorrow (if the wifi behaves itself 'cos it isn't any better here than it was in Fort William):


Image Credit » Kasman

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tinamarie wrote on September 1, 2016, 1:07 PM

Love this! Scotland looks beautiful. I hope to visit there one day. From what I've been able to research and what my cousin has come up with we have lineage direct from Scotland.

Kasman wrote on September 1, 2016, 1:13 PM

tinamarie - maybe we're cousins! emoticon :winking:

Feisty56 wrote on September 1, 2016, 1:30 PM

I'm glad you were able to find wifi long enough to post this, The photos are stunning! Wishing you and your wife safe journeys.

VinceSummers wrote on September 1, 2016, 2:30 PM

I love the photography. Scotland is one place (one of only a very few) I would visit. But as to the spelling in your country... well I'm not a fan.

MegL wrote on September 1, 2016, 6:11 PM

Beautiful view. Hope the midgies aren't biting!

Kasman wrote on September 2, 2016, 12:11 PM

MegL - During the day there has been a reasonable breeze blowing, which keeps them down but in the evening when the wind dies down they come out in force. That's when we take shelter in the hotel bar!

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Kasman wrote on September 2, 2016, 12:56 PM

VinceSummers - Many highlands and islands place names are English versions of the original gaelic names. For instance, Ardnamurchan is from Aird nam Murchan which, according to Wikipedia, means 'headland of the great seas' (although I have seen other translations) and Strontian is from Sron an t-Sithein meaning 'point of the fairy hill'.