I have to admit that I feel I have been spoilt with the easy driving motorways provide as driving in the highlands has been quite an experience and quite hard work with the many many gear changes and the much slower speeds. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining and is no doubt preparing me for our trip down to Spain in four weeks time via France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. Well thats kind of the plan but we will see.
This morning we are getting ready to move on from Loch Ness Shores Camping and Caravanning Club Site and heading south towards are next stop at Scone. Its a lovely site situated right next to the Loch itself and has a fresh modern feel about it where customer service is important. The shop is open from 9 in the morning until 9 at night and has a great range of easy to cook foods including delicious ready meals supplied by a local butcher.
My only issue with the site is its wifi. Again here its not part of the C&CC wifi system but an one run by Highland wifi which seems to be owned by a Dutch company. Whist not terribly expensive and unlimited bandwidth based on the time you purchase, don’t bother, its very slow. If you have a photo you wanted to email to a friend in North Yorkshire you would be quicker taking your camera to him yourself than waiting for the email to send. All was not lost though as I was able to get a passable 3G signal.
Whilst being in the middle of no where there is a local bus service to Inverness that leaves just outside the camp site once every 2 hours during the week and only twice on a Saturday, is only £4 return and they run on time.
This is something that has fascinated me since using public transport in Scotland. Its on time, its very inexpensive and the drivers are really nice people. The complete opposite to down south where I originally come from. I was amazed during my journey to Inverness when the driver on more than one occasion pulled over to allow a car to pass us. Down in southern England the drivers would rather poke themselves with burning needles in the eye than do that. Scotland has the rural bus service that I remember we had when I was a kid, long may it continue.
Inverness itself is great for shopping and has everything in it, which is no real surprise considering its size, however what was a pleasant surprise was the butchers that is right by the bus stop you get on and off of. Its been there for just over 100 years and is still run the same way as its always been. With the butchers, and theres a good few of them, not handling any money at all. Instead you take a ticket over to the cash desk where you pay there. Just how they used to be when we were kids, brilliant.