25th September – 2nd October 2021

February 4, 2022 by Alison in

A refreshing break after 2 years of restrictions.
Recommend: dramatic Dumbarton Castle but be aware, 500+ steps to the top. Rosneath peninsula from Cove car park you can see right the way to Bute and Arran. Serene landscape around Milarochy Bay on the far side of Loch Lomond (with spotless toilets too!).

Moving on to Bute for our next week, hoping to go up to Rest and Be Thankful if road open, and Arkinglas Arboretum (Champion trees), and round to the ferry at Colintrave.

Only one lazy wet day, spent reading, paint and writing (Dennis is an author). We’ve had a fun week.

Pauline and Dennis Talbot.

Things to do

Glengoyne Distillery Killearn

Whisky distillery tour

You cannot come to Scotland without discovering the secrets of our ‘water of life’. There are many distilleries near to Crosskeys:- Glengoyne (Killearn), Deanstone (Doune), Auchentoshan (Clydebank/Glasgow), Glenturret (Crieff), Eradour (Pitlochry), Blair Athol (Pitlochry) Aberfeldy and Oban.https://trossachs.co.uk/whisky/

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The Falkirk Wheel – 12 miles south of Stirling

The World’s first and only rotating boat lift. Completed in 2002 the huge Falkirk wheel re-connects the Fourth & Clyde and Union canals after the 11 original lock gates were dismantled in the 1930’s. Also an opportunity to visit the famous Kelpieshttps://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/falkirk-wheel/

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Auchendrain Village

Auchendrain museum – just south of Inveraray

The preserved buildings from the 1700s give an authentic insight into how people lived and worked in the north and west of Scotland. You can wander freely around the houses and farm buildings furnished with everyday objects from time gone by.

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