Today we motored from Lamesly to my base for this week on the shores of Loch Lochy, not far from the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. My apartment is in the grounds of Achnacarry Castle, seat of the Cameron of that ilk. From here (and very tentatively for the first mile each day, as the road to the Castle is not very noble) Speranza and I will explore our surroundings in more leisurely style than the World War II commandos and rangers of the Allied nations who were based here for their training.
I may even break my resolution and slog over to Skye to take a look at my favourite Scottish Castle and the only one whose owner I envy. For now, I am glad to rest in comfort in the heart of Scotland's natural beauty.
The first stop today was at Heddon-on-the-Wall in England to look at one of the longest remaining stretches of Hadrian's Wall. There were also brief (and rather sodden) photographic breaks at Laggan Dam and the Commando Memorial.
(click to enlarge the pictures, as usual). My progress on the tour so far can be followed here.