Inverness to Aberdeen
09.04.2011 - 30.04.2011
HMTQ - 85 today
Left lovely Inverness and headed for Duff Town and a tour of the Glenfidich distillery. I had been there before in 1998 with Phil and it was still the same - sipping scotch at 9 in the morning (or at any time, really) is not my idea of fun but it was still interesting to learn about distilling and the grounds and gardens are just lovely.
We stopped at the Dean's Shortbread factory for lunch and bought some shortbread and went upstairs and watched it being made.
We continued on to the Falls of Feugh for a devonshire tea afternoon tea. Strawbery scones, crockery and curtains. Strawberries EVERYWHERE, but very lovely.
A local "gilly" talked to us about fishing, salmon etc and a lady played the bagpipes and told us all about them. One of our group had a go but used a lot of effort for not much gain! She asked for requests and played "Highland Cathedral" for me.
Then on to our lovely hotel at Blairs, Aberdeen - a 19th century mansion. Just gorgeous. Our room was huge but so far away from reception, it took us 270 walking steps to get there! The hotel is out in the middle of nowhere, so we couldn't walk into town but the grounds were huge, so we strolled around them before dinner.
I still have a bad cough, so has Peggy. Peter is now getting a cold and other people on the bus are sneezing and coughing. The lady sitting in front of us on the bus keeps giving me dirty looks when I have a coughing fit. She even passed a throat lozenge back to me one day, without a word! This hand just appeared over the back of the seat waving a lozenge in it. Strange person.
Had a lovely dinner at the hotel with Judy, and Laura and her Mum, Dale.
After dinner, Peter usually had a drink with Amy and Peggy and I have some "me" time and go back to our room and write up the diary.