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When “normal life” creeps into your vacation, or, The Tyre Store

2014 May 29
by John

We flew into London late two nights ago, and stayed at an inn that resembled a hostel to me more than an “inn” – it was a converted hay loft with very short ceilings and a sit down shower. :) It was a very nice stay though, and we got off early yesterday morning for the Highlands of Scotland!

We aren’t very experienced yet with driving on the opposite side of the road, and I for one am scraping a lot of curbs still. Once we got into Scotland, the roads got thinner still. Apparently, so did the wall of the tires on our rental car! Late last night, on the way to Spean Bridge, we blew a tire. We spent the morning at National Tyre getting a new front passenger tyre before we could get along on our vacation.

Once we did, what an amazing day it turned out to be! The sun came out and we enjoyed some castle ruins, a couple of local eateries, and then a Land Rover tour of some of the most beautiful areas I’ve seen.

Now, on to Edinburgh for a couple days! Liz and I have already decided we need to come back for a good long hike. Picking the route will be the most difficult part since it all looks so different but is all so beautiful! But that is a discussion for another day…

Happy trails!






3 Responses leave one →
  1. June 19, 2014

    Have you come across the TGO Challenge? If not, it’s a cross-Scotland walk which takes place each May, with about 300 participants all coming up with their own route to walk from one of a dozen sign-out points on the west coast and finishing anywhere on the east coast. It’s a fantastic event. Of course, if you fancied something longer than a 2-week jaunt, you could always incorporate it into a longer walk (Land’s End to John o’Groats, perhaps).

    • Elizabeth permalink*
      July 1, 2014

      Just looked up the TGO challenge. It looks really great. I wish we could do it, but unfortunately, I’m a teacher and am never out of school before late May. :( Regardless of whether or not we can do the TGO challenge, I would love to do some longer hikes through the highlands. It really is spectacularly beautiful!

  2. April 3, 2015

    If your over in England again, this year or next, drop us a line, we live in Yorkshire and near one of the long distance paths (Pennine Way).



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