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DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 #514113
21/05/18 09:49 PM
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For the record, this is where we stayed on our tour. All Hotels were vetted for decent car parking.

Lys-Na-Greyne, Aboyne. Recommended by MissW. High end B&B in traditional Villa. Excellent in all respects. Secluded parking.
Evening meals can be taken at the Boat Inn - a ten minute walk away.
Garry & Joyce, the owners are very welcoming. Home made cake and tea provided from four o'clock. Good sized bedrooms with excellent en-suite facilities. MrsW was really impressed, and that's not easy.

https://www.lys-na-greyne.com/

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Loch Ness Country House Hotel. Chosen for its proximity to the Caledonian Canal. Huge secluded car park. Slightly faded grandeur, especially our room which needed some TLC. But breakfast and dinner were fine. The dining room was nicely finished, and the position, just South of Inverness was what we needed. If we return to Inverness we may try an alternative, but we may also stay there again.

https://www.lochnesscountryhousehotel.co.uk/

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Inver Lodge Hotel at Lochinver. Quite ordinary looking but impressive decorations inside, Huge bedroom with three piece suite and four seater dining table. Very well presented. Food was excellent here, although new staff did provide some entertainment at dinner. Large secluded car park.

https://inverlodge.com/

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The Torridon. Probably the most impressive Hotel on our Tour. Just amazing in every respect. Car park not so big as the others, but secluded, and perfectly adequate. Superb food. Incredible location. Close to Applecross.

https://www.thetorridon.com/

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The Lovat at Fort Augustus. Our second stay here. Good value, and a large car park, although this is not secluded. Great food, and very busy during our stay. Good standard of accommodation, and recently refurbished. Adjacent to the south end of Loch Ness, and the Caledonian Canal.

https://www.thelovat.com/

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Finally Linthwaite House, at Bowness in the Lake District. Recommended by MissW. Just refurbished and not quite finished. They are adding an events complex. At present the car park is compromised by building work, although we managed OK! The hotel grounds are secluded. The style is fresh, modern and quirky. It's different to all the others, but it grew on us over the two days we were there. The gardens are truly immaculate, as are the staff uniforms.
Think "Bond villain super yacht" and you should get the picture!!! The website images have not yet been updated.

http://www.linthwaitehouse.com/


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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514162
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Thanks for posting - a very useful list.


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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514164
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Wow all fantastic places to stay - thanks Dave.

This could be the start of another book....Touring in a modern Traditional Morgan.

Can you feel it coming on!!


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Piccys...................

The car park at Aboyne.



River Dee.



View from the bedroom window.



More to follow...............


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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514235
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These next two images looked just like CGI, and are on the side of the old railway line West of Aboyne.





This was the old Beemer which turned up at the B&B. They drive this everywhere.



Heading towards Inverness, there is snow on the mountains.



Caledonian Canal looking South towards Loch Ness. The gorse is spectacular and smells like coconut.



This deer was in the village at Lochinver.



More to follow..............


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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514237
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The view from the dining room at Lochinver.



We didn't wait to take this photo. The road was like this for 99% of the time.













I posted these to give the full picture of the roads up there. 80/90 miles with nothing in the rear view mirror is 'normal'.......


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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514239
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Ullapool. Much nicer than it appears on Google Maps!!!!



This is heading towards Loch Marie.







At Torridon





This location is breathtaking.............







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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514241
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The Applecross route. 24 miles in from the North junction to Applecross.



Deer on the beach.....Ahhhh!





The hairpin descent section.............



Narrow and often with a four to six inch drop off the edge of the tarmac............



Fort Augustus. One of our favourite spots



Last time we were here, this section of the Invergarry to Fort Augustus railway was impassable. Now its a cycle route and with the canal walk allowed up to set a new record of 20.5 miles in the day!!!!







What was Alfa thinking?






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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514243
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Almost at the end. Linthwaite House Hotel at Bowness.................



I'll post the route we took when I get time! thumbs


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Re: DaveW's Highland Tour 2018 [Re: DaveW] #514251
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Wow,thanks Dave.

Fantastic and inspires me to have our much talked about trip up there.

Look forward to seeing the route you drove.

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