14/9/14 - 14/9/14
The day started with an amazing spread - full cooked Scottish breakfast. Eggs, bacon, black pudding, haggis, square sausage - the lot. And so, sufficiently fuelled for the day, we set off exploring one of the nearby castles. Because when you're in Scotland, you can say things like "oh the castle? That's just five miles down the road."
Carnasserie Castle provided us with some excellent photo opportunities - through the archway, up the tower, into the 'throne room', and looking out over the horizon. This is the point at which Neville really fell for McSporran - quite literally. We were quite excited that it was a little bit overcast, and almost cool enough to warrant wearing a coat. I had lugged my coat around all holiday without needing it so far, so was relieved that it had finally been put to good use.
After we had been sufficiently castled, we headed off to beaver land. We found their lodge, but the beavers themselves were hiding. We also found the person counter, and made quite sure that Neville and McSporran were counted for their attendance as well.
We went home via the Crinan Canal, and saw one of the locks in action, much to the confusion of a local dog. We also saw a Mabel and Douglas look alike, who had obviously had a haircut fairly recently.
Back home we stocked up on all the essentials for an afternoon tea picnic - oatcakes, cheese and wine. We headed to Dunadd Fort for some rock climbing (well done Simon), some view-enjoying and some picnicking.
Then it was home again - the boys made sure the Horseshoe was still open and working, and the girls caught up on a bit of reading. Then it was dinner - chicken stuffed with haggis (best one for the trip) and diet potatoes. Mmm... Another very enjoyable day!