From East to West

I’m hoping the embedded map above is showing you the route OH and I drove yesterday. In case it doesn’t – we went from Fife to Oban and home again via Glencoe.  The scenery was amazing. The many lochs en route were made of glass, which showed the snow capped mountain reflections perfectly. If I had made OH stop to let me take photographs you could have framed them, hung them upside down on your living room wall and your visitors would not have noticed the difference.

OH wanted to stop before our final destination to allow the dog to stretch it’s legs (that’s code for pee and poo) so it wouldn’t be stressed on the pavements of Oban (that’s code for KayakersOH not wanting to carry a bag of poo around the streets of Oban). Therefore, we stopped at the Connel Bridge and watched on whilst brave and mad kayakers played in the eddies and tidal rapids rushing under the ugly metal structure.

Dog business done we made our way to Oban, which, as is the norm, was bustling. Huge ferries shuttled in and out the harbour taking visitors and workers to and from the various islands scattered around the west coast of Scotland. 2016-04-09 15.53.25.jpgThe Seafood Hut next to the ferry  port was surrounded by happy fish eating people and the Wetherspoons next to that was the biggest one I’ve seen (and yes I’ve seen a few). We sat at table number 204 for a quick drink – that’s how big it was. From Oban we then headed towards Glencoe but again, to let the dog stretch (and to take pics) we made a temporary stop at Castle Stalker in Appin. 2016-04-09 16.47.43.jpgI’m pretty sure Game of Thrones could use this site in their next series and allow it to keep it’s own name.
Dog walked, pics taken it was then dinner time. OH has climbed the majority of Munros in Glencoe so he is au fait with where to eat and drink so suggested the Clachaig Inn. I would have driven right past it but apparently if you’re a climber/walker you will know where it is. When we arrived it was fairly quiet and we therefore managed to get a seat easily. However, by the time we left people were vying for seats and the place was full of people who buy their clothes from Trespass. I felt positively unfit and, pork-and-chorizo-chilli.jpgafter a tortilla bowl full of diced shoulder of pork, chorizo, chargrilled peppers and smoked paprika with sour cream, positively fat too! OH had Clachaig Chicken, which was pan fried chicken in breadcrumbs with a honey and mustard sauce served with chips and salad – it definitely didn’t look as awesome as mine. view.jpgHowever, what was also awesome was the view. For 2 enjoyable main meals, a pint of Elderflower Cider and a soda water and lime it was £27.00.
I overheard there was a spit and sawdust bar next door, which is where the majority of climbers chill but the main lounge we were in was warm, relaxed and very well decorated without a bit of sawdust in sight.

We then headed home through picturesque Glencoe but unfortunately my phone had run out of battery so you will just have to imagine the magnificent Buichille (that’s a Munro btw), the herd of red deer, the pheasants wandering among the newborn lambs and the unbelievable sunset that set the sky on fire.

Yeah I know you – you’ve every right to be jealous 😉

The Inn on The Tay, Grandtully, Perthshire

OH and I had went out for a run in the car and had been touring around Perthshire with the roof down enjoying the rare Scottish sunshine. We’d had a big breakfast and weren’t hungry but by half 2 we were starting to get peckish. OH suggested stopping off at Grandtully as there was a pub with a great view of the white water on the Tay – the appropriately named The Inn on the Tay. When we drove into the car park OH commented that it was different from the last time he had visited. It turned out he had last been there in 2001 when he had kayaked down the Tay so it wasn’t surprising it had changed and the car park had been upgraded.

On the way in I noticed they stopped serving food at 3pm (it was 2.45pm). I also noticed they did Cullen Skink, which is one of OH and I’s favourites so it was a quick and easy decision to order the haddock, leek and tattie soup and not annoy the chef by placing a large food order minutes before he was due to finish. I placed our order for food and drinks at the bar, paid for it and took the offered cutlery and napkins outside to a table on the deck. I’m assuming it’s normally waitress service and this only happened because it was 2.45 and I had went straight to the bar to order. 2015-06-27 14.57.21

OH was right, the view from the deck is stunning and looks directly on to the spot on the Tay that kayakers and rafters brave the rushing white waters.

The Cullen Skink arrived almost immediately (I think I was right about the chef wanting finished promptly). To be honest, I was a little disappointed as it wasn’t the biggest of bowls – at £6 for a bowl of soup you do expect something that will fill you but then maybe I’m just greedy.2015-06-27 14.46.30 The Cullen Skink itself was a little thin and could have had a tad more cream but it was good enough.  I could see the orders the other diners were having and it all looked good and well displayed.

As we sat 2 teams of white water rafters paddled past. From their screams and shouts it certainly sounded like they were having fun. Free entertainment when you’re dining is rare and it certainly created an exciting buzz on the deck as everyone stopped talking/eating and watched the water.

The location is amazing and that alone is worth visiting The Inn on the Tay for. You can check out the lunch menu for yourself here – the other meals certainly looked good.

2 Cullen Skinks, a pint of cider, a soda water and lime and a great view of people taking on the white water = £17.50

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