13 Dec 2011

Not only but also..

Just an add on to the last (first!) post.
We actually bought a house and a business, our new home is Tigh na Creig, a traditional cottage which is over a hundred years old and the business part is the Lodge, built in 2007. The Lodge is already established for self catering holidays and is available all year for bookings. I'm hoping Sue will look after the Lodge as she already has the cleaning skills!! (Maybe I should strike that sentence out?)

View from the Lodge

News from Glenelg


It’s a bit of a strange post title as we don’t actually live in Glenelg.
Well the first bit of news is, we will do soon! So a blog seems an easy way to let friends, family and anyone else who reads these things, catch up with what’s going on in our lives and see some photos of the area, wildlife and local goings on.
I first went through Glenelg in 73’ on the way with friends to a few days camping down at Sandaig. We played at doing the Gavin Maxwell “escape the rat race” thing, building stuff out of old wooden fish boxes, collecting fire wood, getting water from the burn and generally having a fabulous holiday under canvas with a week of cracking weather. I returned later that year with my oldest friend and again had an even better time, though the tent leaked a bit. So the next year I went back with my future my wife to be, we had several days of rain, dank Scotch mist and just one decent day, plus the tent still leaked, it wasn’t a great success but she does remember the sunny day (and the tent leaking!). However, the seed was sown and I always felt, if I ever had the opportunity in life, I wouldn’t mind moving from the Lowlands to the Highlands (though at that stage I still had to convince Sue). When Sue took a voluntary redundancy after 30 years at RBS we bought a motorhome and for the last few years we have spent all the time we could out and about, sometimes we ventured south into England but most of the time we would head round the West coast, the Highlands, Skye or across to the Islands. If we passed Glenelg we would stop for a few days on the way, or on the way back, then it became both ways, in the end we found we kept staying as long as we could. Glenelg has stunning scenery, a friendly feel to the community and it’s such a good base for Kintail, the Isle of Skye, Applecross, Plockton and Lochcarron areas. Now, after spending 25 years on the Ayrshire coast we are moving a bit further north, still on the coast and only a stones throw from the sea. We offered on Tigh na Creig back in September and in late January, we will be moving in. (It wont be as warm as it was in September!).
Hopefully we have picked the right place but if we haven’t, it’s a bit late now!!

View from the cottage window