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Ministry of Propaganda - 22/Aug/2005: "4 Munros, 1 Island and 1,900 Miles Later"

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4 Munros, 1 Island and 1,900 Miles Later

Picture of Armin on Conival, Ben More Assynt in the background

I'm back from a great holiday. As the title says, I've been on four Munros (and a few tops of Munro height), visited one island (Islay to be precise) and drove 1,900 miles (including 900 miles to/from Swindon and the Scottish border).

I've seen two sea stacks as well as a beautiful bay. I've seen salmon leaping up a waterfall. I've been bitten by approx 10,000 midges and (hopefully) killed 10,000,000 of them. I listened to the the new Oasis CD way too often (while driving) before deciding it isn't very good. However, The Raveonettes latest offering is great, especially Love in a Trashcan at full blast while driving along the A835 between Strathpeffer and Ullapool. And Bloc Party provided some good entertainment on a rainy drive along the A894 from Inchnadamph to Kinlochbervie.

Picture of a view from Beinn Narnain over Loch Long and the Firth of Clyde

I enjoyed a number of local ales, including An Teallach as recommended by Bagger, which was available in the Inchnadamph Hotel. I also had a very nice ale at the Ferry Boat Inn, unfortunately I can't remember the name and forgot to write it down. There was also the odd dram of Single Malt Whisky, although there was none being distilled yet at the new Kilchoman Distillery (they hope to start distilling in September).

Weather was mixed as to be expected from Scotland: Some days with amazing sunshine, some days with pouring rain (used to finish reading Freakonomics, more about that in another entry) and some days with mixed weather.

I've taken well over 1,500 pictures including raw material for a lot of QTVR panoramas, currently taking up more than 4GB on my harddrive. Some of them will appear on the travelogue soon to be added to my other travelogues, it will take me a few weeks to complete it all though.

Apart from the places I had booked previously I stayed at the excellent Arden Lodge in Drumnadrochit. They serve a very good breakfast, good preparation for a day walking in Glen Affric.

That's all I can think of right now, much more to come in the travelogue. Which I will plug here occasionally.

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