Places where we choose to stay can offer many things to command our Dollars, Pounds, Euros. There are things I prefer like soap to body wash. There are things I miss if they are not there, like a desk to sit at. Gotta say, writing this sitting on the bed, MacBook Air 11” propped on 2 pillows on my knees is a hoot. There is one thing however that a hotel must do if it is to win my approval. It must, must, must, manage my expectation. To suggest WiFi is free does not manage my expectation if the internet does not work reliably. To offer tea and coffee in the room where I find a plunger and not instant, is a joy.
Please hotels, under promise and over deliver.
“If you only have a few hours here,” suggested our host, “drop past Glenfinnan.” She said. I heard Glenfiddich and thought of Scotch whiskey - and me a non drinker. But her suggestion surprised and delighted. Was a wonderful half day walking in Scottish history.
Seems that the uprising of ’45, that is 1745, pretty much began here.
Potted history warning!!!
Bonnie Prince Charlie caught up with a few mates called MacDonald, Cameron, Macfie and MacDonnell in this Glen in 1745. They shared a few drams while he told them he was the real king of England and Scotland. He told them they ought to hang about with him and make it happen. Lots of cheering, more whiskey and off they went. Well, 8 months later at Culloden he decided that perhaps he wasn’t the king after all and shot off to France never to return.
This may not be the best potted history, if you wanna see it with more reverence do see what wikipedia has to say.
The monument and the area is a delightful little joy of this trip. Unknown and unexpected this is one of those things a good hotel will help you discover.
The land around the monument is spectacular. I walked for a few miles on a brilliant boardwalk over a bog. Then climbed onto an island wading thru a bog. I took a bundle of wonderful photographs of the bog before exploring the monument built on the edge of the bog.
This is the best wild Scottish scenery. Deep clear Lochs, sheer rock carved inlets, steep stunning hillsides, wind, rain and streaming sunshine, then you leave the car park. Oh my, it was all I wanted from the highlands. This is windswept and interesting with attitude.
And Harry Potter.
Yes - Harry Potter.
But I’ll leave that till next time.