Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Saturday 4 April 2009 - A Dash to Duilisg


Today's nine hour journey saw us travelling 400 miles to this well equipped cottage, Duilisg, in Plockton by 5pm.

Chris and Avril had arrived first and Andrew soon turned up to keep the kettle busy.

We had woken to rain in Manchester, left home in sunshine, and enjoyed clear blue Lancashire skies, past flapping lapwings and buzzards being harried by crows.

We enjoyed coffee with Andrew at Tebay, then headed off into intermittent rain for the rest of the journey, stopping at Nevisports in Fort William but finding nothing there of sufficient interest to trouble our wallets.

For mile upon mile of Highland highway we passed the pale green sheen of trees laden with moss, so air quality must be good up here?

David and Janet arrived on time, then we enjoyed Avril's excellent lasagne, and Chris's excellent wine, in this lovely, freshly decorated, cottage. Shona and Frazer, the owners, have spent the last few weeks here and have left it immaculate. It's a lovely place in the 'picture postcard' village of Plockton.

I joined David outside at dusk. Blackbirds were singing sweetly from the chimney tops, tawny owls were 'twit-terwoo'ing, and David could hear woodcock nearby.

Pam, Paul, Ken, Anne and Max had arrived efficiently at their abode for the week - Caladh Reidh in Harbour Street, another excellent spot - and they joined us for a nightcap before we all turned in.

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