Our next destination was Kyle of Lochalsh. I have friends there and couldn’t wait to see them and their new darling little boy. The drive from Stirling west is absolutely stunning. Seriously, there are no words for the beauty of the landscape and smaller villages such as Balquidder and Glencoe. And don’t forget Glenshiel. Incredible.
We left Stirling early so we’d have lots of time to stop along the way. The first must see was Balquidder and Rob Roy’s grave site. When my friend and I visited two years ago, a wedding was about to take place so we didn’t get a chance to stroll around. This time, the place was very quiet and so we explored to our heart’s content.
Oh my what a stunning little village. If I could buy a little cottage somewhere and write, this place would top the list. The couple of locals we met here were warm and friendly, much as I experienced everywhere else.
After a lovely stroll, we hopped back into the Mini and headed toward Glencoe. There’s a little cafe called the Glencoe Cafe that I highly recommend. The staff are friendly and the grub is awesome! Latte was deadly. We took a little walk through the village and found the Massacre Monument which honours the slain during the terrible massacre in Glencoe during the Jacobite Rebellion in 1692.Our bellies bloated and our hearts full of beautiful scenery and heart-breaking history, we set off again. Though I had told my brother how amazing Glenshiel is, I knew there’s really no way to describe such a place. You must experience it for yourself. For me, driving down through that glen is one of my favourite vroom vroom moments along the route. The winding roads are a standard driver’s dream and our little Mini didn’t disappoint.
And what’s waiting for you at the end of Glenshiel? Eilean Donan castle. One of the most filmed castles in Scotland. Iconic is an understatement. The next morning Glenn and I did a tour and met ‘the real Highlander’, an extra in the movie of the same name which was filmed at Eilean Donan in the 80s. Lemme tell ya, Richard Campbell was so enthusiastic about the castle’s history I could have stayed there all day chatting with him. Since there are two rooms at Eilean Donan that are the inspiration for Bound to the Highlander, the banquet hall and one of the chambers, I appreciated his zest and his insight. If you visit Eilean Donan, tell Richard I said ‘Hi’. Hi Richard!!!
Yeah, inspiration is all around in the Highlands. Oh my. Not enough hours in the day for all the stories I could write from this incredible place.