Oldmeldrum, Loch Lochy, Isle of Skye & Fort William

 Meldrum House Hotel, Oldmeldrum

Meldrum House Hotel, Oldmeldrum

Some experiences are life changing. When Abby was twelve years old, her parents took her brother and her to Scotland for a month. Abby's mother's ancestors were from a place called Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire.

They spent a glorious evening at the thirty-eight room Meldrum House with its Laird (Lord), Robin Duff, who was a very distant relation, and a gourmet cook and wine connoisseur to boot. Abby laughingly told me some forty years ago about being allowed to drink wine at such a young age, and rather too much, it seems. Getting tipsy at twelve with a Scottish Laird! LOL!

Well, Abby and I traveled from Edinburgh to Oldmeldrum and spent a glorious night at Meldrum House (now hotel) in one of its grand rooms. Due to a couple of room mishaps, we were upgraded to a room about the size of a two car garage with 12' ceilings. The enormous bathroom had a claw foot tub that could have fit a family of four!

 Meldrum House Hotel swans

Meldrum House Hotel swans

Leaving Oldmeldrum we drove through Inverness along the northern coast, then south past Loch Ness (no sightings!) to Loch Lochy where we spent one glorious night on the loch in a small hotel.

 loch lochy at sunset

loch lochy at sunset

Then it was on to Isle of Skye on a single lane road across mountain ridges by way of a small community ferry to the village of Portree for several amazing days in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Breathtaking vistas with water everywhere were around every turn. The weather was wet, gusty, sunny and ever changeable.

 on the road to isle of skye

on the road to isle of skye

 heather and ferns on the road to isle of skye

heather and ferns on the road to isle of skye

 community ferry to isle of skye

community ferry to isle of skye

 the old man of storr is 160' tall (far R), isle of skye

the old man of storr is 160' tall (far R), isle of skye

 centuries old church ruins, isle of skye

centuries old church ruins, isle of skye

 quiraing, isle of skye

quiraing, isle of skye

 sunset, isle of skye

sunset, isle of skye

 waterfall, isle of skye

waterfall, isle of skye

 highland cow, isle of skye

highland cow, isle of skye

 neist point, isle of skye

neist point, isle of skye

 neist point, isle of skye

neist point, isle of skye

 sunset and moon rise, isle of skye

sunset and moon rise, isle of skye

We left Isle of Skye yesterday and traveled to Fort William on the mainland by way of Eilean Donan Castle, made famous by its inclusion in the James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough, and the Sean Connery movie, Highlander. 

 eilean donan castle

eilean donan castle

Today we're in Fort William at the base of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland at 4414'. Tomorrow it's back to Edinburgh for our flight home on Wednesday.

God's kindness and mercy have followed us on our trip. We are overwhelmed with the beauty of his creation and the amazing people we have met along the way. Thank you, Lord!

We are so looking forward to being home and appreciate your prayers for travel mercies as we spend our last three days in Scotland!