Monday, 13 May 2019

The station in the middle of nowhere!

Last weekend we had planned a long over due trip to my hubby’s parents in Kirriemuir, so we could only spare one night away in the MH.....but boy did we make the most of it!

We started by turning off the A9 at the turning off for Killiecrankie and heading towards Loch Tummel. This is a busy route with a not very wide road, we chose to stop at the Queens View visitor centre. Parking cost £2, and there is lovely views. There is a short walk to the viewpoint....we were glad we went there before the bus load of tourists arrived!

There is a Cobbs Cafe there, which served a fantastic hot chocolate for my hubby, whilst i enjoyed a slice of carrot cake. The cafe was dog friendly and there were lots of birds looking for cake crumbs.

It was a very pleasant spot and the staff in the cafe had great customer service.

We then drove along Loch Tummel on to Tummel Bridge....which appeared to be nothing more than a holiday park...we drove on to Kinloch Rannoch.

This was a lovely village with views of Schiehallion and a walk around the outskirts of the village. It also had stunning views up along Loch Rannoch.
We then drove on the south side of Loch Rannoch, looking for a spot to park up for the night.

The south side had one large parking area just outside the village.....there were a few people parked up already, so we decided to drive on to find somewhere quieter. We came across lots of small car parks...but as these were owned by the Forestry Commission they were signposted with a very un-welcoming ‘no overnight parking' we carried on.

We drove all the way to the end of the road....Rannoch Station! A train station in the absolute middle of nowhere! We had driven so far, we weren’t far from the A82/glencoe!.....well a 13 mile walk anyway.

Rannoch station is a special place, so utterly remote, quiet & peaceful!
There is a couple of houses, a Restaurant with Rooms and a Tea Room on the station platform. We decided to stop here for the night, as there was plenty of parking space in the station....and a bonus of rather nice toilets too!

As we were cooking our steak & chips, some deer just casually walked across the car park. So calm and not bothered by our presence. A few trains came and went too! Perhaps the passengers that got off had walked to Glencoe earlier on that day? The train line runs between Glasgow and Fort William and onto Mallaig.

After dinner we walked for an hour, along the path to Glencoe. It was such a perfect peaceful still and a stunning sunset too!

The next morning we drove back towards Kinloch Rannoch on the north side of the Loch. It was a truly stunning morning and so many potential spots for parking up or camping. There quite a few campers along the loch, all enjoying the stunning Sunday morning!

When we got to Kinloch Rannoch we decided to drive on the Schiehallion road and then along the narrow road on the south side of Loch Tummel. There isn’t many passing places along this single track road!

We eventually reached the A9 again! What an amazing drive!

Saturday, 4 May 2019

999 emergency!

Would you just look at this gorgeous little face!

This is TJ....our fur baby, a 2 year old cocker spaniel, who comes everywhere with us.

Well 30 minutes before this photo was taken, he gave us the fright of our lives....

We are parked up at Burghead for a cheeky one nighter away in the MH, and we went for a walk before we cooked our dinner.

We walked up over the stunning viewpoint on the headland and down to the harbour the other side.

I decided not to walk to end of the pier as it was slippery...but hubby did with TJ.

That is the last time TJ ever goes on a pier without being on his lead!

He got too close to the slopey side of the pier wall, right at the end...and slipped all the way down into the water!

Hubby shouted to alert me....poor TJ was frantically swimming along the bottom of the pier to find a way up...he was whimpering and very scared....we had no option to call the coastguard whilst I was screaming on the top of my voice for help.

Its fair to say I was completely distraught!

Luckily some people came to help....who could think a lot clearer than us! They got TJ to swim to a set of steps....a helper held on to hubbys belt, so he could reach down and help TJ out of the water.

Thankfully TJ bounded up the steps, soaking wet and cold....but tail wagging....and I have never been so relieved!

Overall he was in the water for about 15-20 minutes....we are so lucky nothing worse happened....and thankful to the people who came to help.

We cancelled the coastguard, although they turned up just as we were walking back up the pier...they were relieved that no one had tried to go into the water to save him....I think if he had dissapeared under the water at all, and had not been swimming, I would have found it hard to stop myself!

We went back to the MH, put the heating on full, and wrapped our little boy in 3 blankets to stop him shivering and get his temperature back to normal. He ate loads and is now fast asleep.

I don’t know who will be having the worst nightmares tonight!
TJ will be staying on the lead on piers....or anywhere else dangerous in just happened so quickly!