Scotland: Glencoe and Rannoch Moor

Scotland

Glencoe and Rannoch Moor

Tanya and I decided last November that a roadtrip around Scotland was in order, after all, the weather was a little too nice in Los Angeles and though I hate snow we should face the things we dislike. With that said we threw everything together and flew from Los Angeles > London on Air New Zealand and then from London > Glasgow on BMI.

We arrived around 4pm just as the sun was setting and a nasty rain storm was coming through. This meant we had to get used to driving on the wrong side of the road real quick. We hit a little traffic getting out of the city, but as soon as we were out then the hair raising turns, fiording/flooding, and things jetting out into the road began. It was kind of right out of my nightmares, especially since I had been up for like 30+ hours at the time and everything was backwards. Thankfully we somehow survived and found our hotel in the middle of nowhere over by Loch Lomond....which didn't have working heat. It was unbelievably freezing and thus hibernation commenced.  It was vaguely like when we got to Paris a few years ago on Christmas Eve sans bags, directions, basically everything.

Arrival in Scotland

Arrival in Scotland trauma - 2010 / Arrival in Paris trauma - 2007

But, the next day was my birthday!  Awesome!  We set off  in our car to explore the land.  In my extensive research [I like researching more than traveling mostly] I saw some cool stuff at this place called Rannoch Moor.  Basically it's this giant bog right as you get into the Scottish Highlands.  Tanya and I had fun exploring and I quickly realized that wearing normal people shoes was a huge mistake.  My boots were originally in my bag, but I think I took them out last minute to put something dumb like more socks in.  Oh well, within 10 minutes of arriving I had soaked swamp feet and I knew it was going to be that way all day.

Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland

After a little play in the muck we ventured on to Glencoe, which is a cute little town nestled in the valley of some monster mountains.  There's amazing hiking in the area and the weather is always changing from minute to minute.  There is also a number of one lane roads which making driving a real experience in death defying.  The Glencoe area was probably one of our favorites on the trip.

Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland
Rannoch Moor Bogs Scotland

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