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In search of the fife legged haggis.

  • The sun was high as an eagles eye, when we set sail from Belfast on the Cairnryan boat. Near the end of June and it was scarcely one quarter full. 

    It all boded well for our almost 4 week trip to bonny Scotland. No time for breakfast in the house, so down to the restaurant for some.

    The menu consisted of around eight items but we just settled for breakfast baps at £5.40 and bottled water at £2.20 for a wee bottle. it was captive audience fare.

     

    Anyway, the sailing was smooth and we managed to find a seat on the top deck, in full sunshine and out of the wind. Glorious!

     

    We arrived at our first destination, The Slanj at Tarbet. ( Annachar )

     the drive was surprisingly short, given that we had to pass Glasgow during rush hour to get here, almost 130 miles.

     

    The Slanj, a former church turned into a very nice restaurant that offer free parking for five motorhomes nightly. The most notable thing about this dog friendly pub, is the dog menu. For 4 or 5 quid you can get your dog a real dinner, which is freshly made and served at the table in a stainless steel bowl. Toby refused to eat at the table, saying it was only for humans. But he did devour his repast suitably on the carpeted floor.

    Our food was hot and tasty, not epicurean but good enough. 

    The welcome from Hayley, the boss, and her all female staff was as warm as toast and very sincere.

    The free wifi extends out into the carpark and the signal is pretty strong.

    There is a bit of road noise, but nothing that a pair of ear plugs won’t cure.

    Definitely a place we’ll come back to, on another visit.

     

    Day 2.

     

    Woke to bright sunshine, after some fair old rain during the night. Again the ear plugs worked a treat, and my sleep was uninterrupted.

     

    Decided to walk the 0.3 miles into Tarbet, a small village with no commerce except for the fine looking Tarbet hotel. Cruises along Lough Lomond can be had from here, and there is a nice walk along the shore.

    There is a very large carpark where it is possible to park up having obtained the permit for overnight from the Trossachs regional park. This may well be the wrong name but the right one is in and around it anyway. If I find out for definite, I’ll correct myself.

    Now, while the Slanj was a very worthwhile overnight stop, we wanted to have breakfast with a view. So we moved on to Cairndow, right at the head of Loch Goll. In a carpark with a lovely view and plenty of grass for Toby to run amok. 

    The council have installed portaloos in various strategic positions, and this set had a sign asking for us to not empty our cassettes, instead it told us where we could do this and collect fresh water. Can you see this happening in Ireland?

     

    Ever onward, we drove the twenty odd miles over to Inverary, a small town on the shores of Loch Fynn. It boasts it’s own Victorian gaol, nowadays a tourist trap instead of one for naughty chaps. It’s possible, indeed encouraged for motorhomes to park up in designated spots in a shared car park. No overnight parking allowed, we didn’t put this to the test, because we wanted to go further along the road to Kintyre.

     

    Argyll forestry commission are trialing a stay in our forests until October this year. I found this while researching on Park4Night. 

    We came across Ardcastle, a forest participating in the trials, so we decided to have a wee look. 

    Well so much for having Sikka deer make an appearance at the van!!

    The only deer I saw was the old dear I live with.

    Still, all in all this place was good for one night, three good walks ranging from 1.2 miles up to 5 miles. The only noise was birdsong, one thing though, this location has no services of any kind, not even a bin till the next village.

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