This year our summer holiday takes us to Scotland.
The start of the holiday takes us by car from Frankfurt to Ijmuiden where our ferry should leave at 5 p.m.. We reach Ijumuiden punctually and without a single traffic jam. At 2 p.m. the check-in begins and the vacation can begin. After we have stowed the luggage for the night in our cabin on deck 5 we watch from the Mermaid Bar on deck 12 how the last cars check in. The ferry leaves punctually.
After a completely calm crossing we reach the port of Newcastle upon Tyne in the morning at 9:30 local time. Freshly strengthened by the rich English breakfast buffet we get ready to go to our car after the announcement of our car deck. The way to the vehicle is a little bit difficult, because although only the lower decks 3, 4 and 5 were called, all the others are already in the corridors and stairs and thus block the way. But at some point, we also arrive at our car.
After we have passed the border control, we drive on the A698 in direction Scotland. At Coldstream we cross the River Tweet which forms the border between Scotland and England. Meanwhile we have adapted to driving on the left, and also the partly 4-lane roundabouts have become normal. You quickly get used to it. We continue through a beautiful green landscape towards Edinburgh.
We cross the Firth of Forth at the Forth Road Bridge. Then we take the highway M90 to Perth. Here we leave the motorway again and take the A9 towards Inverness. We drive through the Cairngorms National Park and again through fantastic and seemingly endless nature. At the moment the heather is still in bloom and offers besides the impressive forms of the Highlands also beautiful colour accents. At Inverness we cross the Beauly Firth to continue towards Avoch.
In the afternoon around 4:00 o’clock we reach the small old fishing village Avoch. Here we have for the first week our domicile in a small old fishing cottage. Avoch is a nice quiet village. The neighbours greet us friendly and are always ready for a small talk. For one week we visit the surrounding area and see some ruins from where there are countless. Also, a trip to the west coast is on the program. We are always fascinated by the varied landscape of the Highlands.
After the first week has gone, we drive on to Crieff to our second domicile. Since we don’t want to follow the same route as on our way to Avoch, we take the A82 along Loch Ness to Fort Augustus, Fort Williams and through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. So, we can admire the highlands again from another side. Here again there are numerous stations to enjoy the landscape and take pictures.
Around 16:30 p.m. we reach our second domicile in Crieff. Here we are welcomed by Anette of our landlady very kindly and get the most important things explained to our apartment. The apartment is located on the ground floor of a former Victorian parsonage. It is a beautiful apartment with high stucco ceilings.
Here we spend the second and unfortunately also last week of our vacation. Here again thanks to our landlords Annette and Martin for the great time and the tips for excursions. Unfortunately we could not realize all of them in the short time, but so there are still enough for the next time. As in Avoch we make some day trips to the surrounding sights and ruins and of course also to Edinburgh.
The end of the holiday is now reached. We leave our holiday flat on Saturday morning and make our way to Newcastle upon Tyne where our ferry should leave at 5 p.m.. The way leads us first on the country road to Stirling. Here we enjoy again the wonderful landscape and take from Stirling the motorway M9 up to Edinburgh. From there it goes the same way as on the outward journey back to the port of Newcastle. The ferry leaves punctually at 5:30 p.m. In the Mermaid Bar on deck 12 our vacation ends with a last English Ale in the dusk with a view to the coast. We all agree, we come back again.