Summer Touring – a review
Well, the touring life gets busy especially during the main part of the working season between May and October. That’s my only excuse for not posting more regular updates on my news page….!
I have a fun and enlightening few months on the road, in the company of some really charming clients. I’m glad of the business of course yet appreciate just as much the opportunity to meet the genuinely interesting folk with whom I get do some touring.
On the tours themselves, perhaps one of the favourite places along the well-worn routes remains the Isle of Skye. Without exception, clients this past few months have truly loved their travels on this Hebridean island. It does have some of the most striking, contrasting geology, wonderfully craggy mountains and other fantastic scenery. Also well worth remembering is the opportunity to treat yourself to a fabulous lunch at the unique Three Chimneys Restaurant, which will probably be the remotest eaterie you are likely to visit on a trip to Scotland. This is just the sort of thing (to my mind) that can really make your visit something to remember; just the sort of the thing that I hope my clients will experience. I always try to include the hidden gems along with the best, well-known historic and other places that are on the ‘must see’ list for Scotland. And – seeing as I am quite a fan of food – another lunch spot to experience (that you might not find on your own self-drive trip ! ) is the great seafood cafe at Kinlochleven.
Speaking of hidden gems, I think one of the highlights for me – and for the clients on tour that particular week – was a private visit to the Library at Innerpeffray, near Crieff in Perthshire. At this point, I need to confess quickly that it had previously not been on my radar at all. It is known for being the oldest Public Lending Library in the country, opened in 1680 and endowed by the Drummond family. It houses a unique collection and the ‘Keeper of the Library’ with the other staff are brilliant at bringing its treasures to life. I would really recommend it !
From the expanse and wilderness of Torridon in the North West to a blustery, blue sky day in St. Andrews on the East Coast with the nearby picture postcard harbour at Crail; from Loch Ness
(no sign of Nessie..) to Lossiemouth and the great views of the capital from Calton Hill in Edinburgh, I have shared lots of wonderful moments with clients during the past few months. To round it all off, I even enjoyed an unexpected encounter with ‘Digger’ the Clydesdale horse at the World Horse Rescue Farm just outside Aboyne ! What’s not to like !