Over the border on a rieving expedition…

Took the opportunity to grab a bit of this fine weather by heading north. Out from the high moors,(the same exit as Tuesday) these high moors once had the scourge of this area, “the border riever” if you didn’t see countryfile this weekend then take a look with bbc iplayer at the bottom of this post…

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At the junction turn left to bonny Scotland.

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The view from the republics border up over the lowlands is best seen with the naked eye, this 8mp camera just doesn’t catch it.

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Never mind, once past the smoke of “auld reekie” the way opened up and with little traffic we made good time.
Lunch time beckoned so a detour was in order. Headed to Killin,

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At the west end of loch Tay. The falls as you enter the village look spectacular as tumble over the rock formations.

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Our final destination for lunch was the Killin Hotel, a place we stayed at last year.

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From Killin to Crainlarich then Tyndrum where you go right for Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe (Mrs R’s ancestoral home).
We opted to go left through the pass of Brander to Taynuilt where we turned left and followed Loch Awe. Halfway down we peeled of to the right over the hills
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and down to Kilmelford
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and out onto the coast, down to Arduaine for the overnight stop.
Loch Melfort Hotel and restaurant
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Nice we spot with good views.
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Enjoyed by all….

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Trouble is, i rarely travel by map so the names of what i was looking at elude me,

TUESDAY…
Another fab day and a leisurely drive home, what route? Hmmmm … North to Oban, into the CoOp for a picnic then on past the mouth of Loch Etive over the bridge
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The tidal flow at this point is awesome.
Onwards and upwards, as in further north, Ballachulish and a quick stop for photos. This next set, in fact all these blog photos are taken with my Samsung galaxy s2, as is nearly all blogging. Enjoy….
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An absolutely fantastic morning for the click happy.

Onwards and upwards again.. This time climbing up through Glen Coe.
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Well last time the republic came this far on a rieving mission, the ski lift was inoperative, not today, the sign said open and, it was.
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So we payed “the man” well woman in the cafe really, then took the ride to the top.
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And looked out over Rannoch Moor, while watching a Hercules transporter fly way below us.
The trip up the mountain must have activated the hunger fairies, as the picnic was devoured.
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After that, back to Crainlarich and the same route back.

As for the rieving, well, 3 sea shells and 2 bonny granite rocks for the garden…. Big time!!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01nd5hv

more scribbles later…TTFN…Posted from WordPress for Androidย 

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  1. Great trip report ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’re richer than me if you stayed in the Killin Hotel the previous time :). We have to enjoy the guest houses you pass before you get to the K Hotel LOL. The little bakery/sandwich shop in the tin hut is recommended for picnics.

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    • late rooms is the answer…and just stay 1 or 2 nights. must will try the the little bakery next time..

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