24-29 August Ian Fraser

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Well have just completed a wonderful 6 day tour with my kinsman, Ian Fraser and his visitor Andrew over from France.

Day 1 took us up to Lochaber via Balquidder and Glencoe, for a night in my favourite Glenfinnan.

Day 2 to Mallaig for the ferry to Armadale in Skye, via Arisaig and Loch Morar, the deepest Loch in Europe, but also to see the place where our former Lovat Chief was captured by British troops in 1746, before being the last man in Britain to be beheaded at the Tower of London, where he died laughing it is reported, at his executioner who fell off the execution dais, hence the saying “He died laughing”!!!

Then over to to Skye,where we drove the wonderful road behind the Cuillin to Elgol.
Up to Portree, the magnificent Quirang and our night in Uig.

Herewith Day 3 and 4 of my tour with Ian Fraser and Andrew.
We left Uig back for the Mainland over the Skye Bridge with first stop pretty Plockton on Loch Carron, like many places on the west coast where the effects of the warm Gulf Stream effects what can be grown here such as banana trees.

Then over the Bealach na’Ba (Pass of the Cattle) to Applecross. Then one of the great Glens of Scotland, Torridon, with the great Munros of Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe.
Passing my beautiful Loch Maree, with her guardian Slioch (The Spear) and on to Gairloch and Poolewe for our night in Laide.

Day 4 took us past Gruinard Bay, up the “Destitution Road” and the great mountain of the area An Teallach, past the Corrieshalloch Gorge to the Braemore Junction, where we turned east to Garve and on to Beauly (from the French Beau Lieu- Bonny place) and important to us being the old Lovat Fraser seat. Then on to the Black Isle and to one of my favourite towns in Scotland, Cromarty, then Rosemarkie to Chanonry Point at Fortrose, but no dolphins when J.A. we were there, but we did see the spot where the 17th century Soothsayer, Kenneth Mackenzie, the Brahan Seer was boiled alive in a barrel of molten tar by the Countess of Seaforth (Clan Mackenzie) for telling her her husband was up to no good in Paris!!!). Well he was right, and before he died, he cursed the house of Seaforth, and the line ran out after much illness and misfortune…….!!!!!S o be careful of the truth is the moral…

We then went through Inverness to the Culloden Battlefield,for our night in Nairn.

On to days 5 and 6 with Ian Fraser and Andrew, on leaving Nairn we head east and visit the Benromach Distillery in Forres, where we were beautifully looked after,as ever by all the distilleries.
Then through the Cathedral “city” of Elgin, down to the old Gordon HQ of Huntly. Well the Duke was not there, so we made do with lunch at the Gordon Arms!!!

And the on to a very special visit for us Frasers to the NTS Castle Fraser which is so very impressive, hugely helped by wonderful knowledgeable guides. Our night was in Ballater.

Day 6 took us to Braemar, up Glen Cluanie to the Cairnwell and down the Spittal Of Glenshee out of the Highlands to Blairgowrie, past Perth and Loch Leven, to the historical town of South Queensferry. The last hurrah was the mercurial Rosslyn Chapel and the Polish Map in Eddleston, and back to our respective homes in West Linton.

A grand 6 days with the best company,and so many hoots to boot!!!!!!!


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