29 December 2016

Christmas in Glencoe

For several years, I have wanted to go away for Christmas.  In the US, because the Christmas season lasts so long, by the time December 25th arrived, I was just so sick of it and I could not wait for it to be over.  Here in Scotland, I have not felt the ever-increasing Grinch-iness, but I still liked the idea of a Christmas holiday away.

This year, Pat happened upon a package deal for a Christmas getaway for four nights at The Glencoe Inn in the Highlands.  Nearly all of our meals were included--three to four course meals every night, a huge Christmas Day feast, and sweets every afternoon.  We ate so much! The hotel staff were excellent too.  We would happily return.

Hopefully, next time the weather will be better.  Two winter storms ruined the possibility of outdoor activities (and sleep.)  We had winds gusting well over fifty miles per hour and rain or wintry mix most of our visit.  Our last day was calm and sunny, so we were able to take a short walk before departing.  Otherwise, our time was spent reading, watching movies, napping, eating and drinking, and taking in the Highland views through the windows.

Photos taken from inside and from our brief jaunts early in the weekend during the storms:

Notice the wind blowing the tree

No picnics this time; see the flags--they were like this every day but the last

Photos from our short walk on our final day to Glencoe Lochan:

Not our hotel

Loch Leven

The Monarch of the Glen?

En route to Glencoe Lochan

Glencoe Lochan

Glencoe Lochan

Glencoe Village

Here is some video footage on the return bus ride to Inverness.

Sun setting in The Highlands and a quick view of the Commando Memorial at the end.

Loch Lochy

A quick view of Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness.