I’ve decided to make another ROADTRIP today and I love that autocorrect insists on putting it in capitals… 🤦🏻♀️🤣 even the blog is excited for me!
I woke at 3.45 am…. All ready for the Fit Body Farm at 6am…. Far too early…. 🤦🏻♀️🤣
My knee really bothered me this morning. My whole leg has tightened right up and it made some of the movement painful. I had a good chat with Gavin, the owner and he talked me through foam roller exercises to do this weekend.
The session was great though, mainly because we got some space hopper action again. So much fun!
So, home and straight out with the dogs. It’s a stunningly beautiful morning.
I’d had to scrape the windscreen this morning so it was misty but it was clearing.
I decided to hit the road and head to Inveraray this time. The only downside to me driving is that I can’t take photos of the stunning scenery along the way.
It’s a beautiful drive up the side of Loch Lomond, turning left at Tarbert to Arrochar and then up the Rest and be Thankful.
If I can’t take photos I’ll have to quote the internet…
This was my first stop a few miles outside Inveraray.
There wasn’t a breath on the water.
The bridge to the right of the photo is the main road into Inveraray from the south and is called Aray Bridge.
It’s controlled by traffic lights so it’s single lane and I always have a wee moment as I drive up and over it. It’s very humpy to use a technical term 🤦🏻♀️🤣🤣
Inveraray is beautiful and all the buildings in the main town painted white. It’s very pretty, especially in the sunshine.
This is the view from the car park that I parked in to the north of the town.
This wee row of cottages is called Fisher Row. Aren’t they beautiful in the sun?
As you walk into Inveraray from the north, Inveraray Parish Church sits in a roundabout in the middle of the road. Obviously the road was built around the church… I know that!
I’ve now walked around the Parish Church and am looking down the other end of the street.
The street looks very similar approaching from the other end looking up to the Parish Church again… but this is the touristy bit. Lots of lovely wee gifts shops and not just full of what we call “tartan tat”… there are some lovely Scottish gifts on sale. I managed not to buy anything….. Craig will be impressed I didn’t come back with another cuddly toy for the camper van.
I had a late breakfast in Brambles Tearoom which I highly recommend. I had porridge with coconut milk and fresh berries. Check me with the healthy choice 🥰.
Looking back at Aray Bridge.
Tried to get this seagull posing in my pic but I spooked it… still made a good shot!
It’s a beautiful day.
Looking south on Loch Fyne and over to the Vital Spark.
This next building used to the the loveliest gift and curiosity type shop before lockdown… really sad to see it’s gone.
Inveraray is famous for the Inveraray Jail… obviously it wouldn’t be called after another town but I wanted to give it its full name. 🤣 It was a 19th Century prison and courthouse.
Craig and I have visited the jail before and it’s a fascinating tour. You see in the court room and into the cells and even see where they tortured people back in the day.
It also has the majestic Inveraray Castle but I didn’t walk out to that. It looks stunning from Aray Bridge but you can’t take photos when you’re driving!
Love this next building which might just be a house. 🤷🏻♀️😬
I took a walk out to Co-op and this is the view heading back into town. Just stunning. The breeze has picked up a bit but it’s still warm.
I’m currently sitting on the shore of Loch Fyne on this wall….. writing away.
This is my view…..
The water is crystal clear and as I sit here the tide is going out.
Looking back up to Fisher Row from the old stone jetty.
Not kidding this is the view in my rear view mirror as I leave! I parked in a layby to get it!
I left just before 2 and headed back down the Rest and Be Thankful Arrochar, back through Tarbert and stopped on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Pulled into a layby heading south and opened the sliding door to this. Wow!
I took my wee step with me and had a seat looking down on the water.
As I sat I noticed a few people down on a stony beach next to the water… went to investigate.
It’s actually a “wild camp” site with permits.
It looks positively tropical.
There’s no one else here now, just me. i love that solitude.
Alone but not lonely. Just at peace.
Looking right across the water to Ben Lomond. It’s clouding over a bit now but still really warm in the sun.
So before the blog actually explodes with far too many photos… I’m done now. There are hundreds more to share but you get the gist.
It’s been a lovely day. I’ve had a really nice time wandering around but I am really tired now I’m home.
Restful evening but more happy memories made.
Happy weekend to you all!
Stay safe everyone ☀️☀️☀️