On Saturday 18 May we drove south along Loch Ness past Urquhart Castle to Fort Augustus and on to Fort William. We stopped briefly at Glencoe, its awe-inspiring glens and peaks made most atmospheric by a sudden bout of raw weather.

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The renovated croft we stayed in overlooking Loch Ness

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Glencoe visitor centre

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Glencoe

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At Loch Lomond the Highlands scenery was gone and thirty or forty miles of soft Lowlands hills put us in Glasgow.

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We spent the afternoon at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (my favourite of this trip), starting with a magnificent lunch in the museum cafe. It was very busy, but against the odds Peter and Charlotte managed to grab a table. I had lemon sole, reasonably priced, beautifully cooked, and nicely presented. For us a combined museum and gallery seemed a bit unusual, but I thought the curators did an excellent job of explaining the exhibits and the art. I look forward to returning to Glasgow and spending more time at the Kelvingrove.

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Glencoe painted 1864 by Horatio McCulloch

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enamel on glass by the Walton sisters

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furniture designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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We drove south through beautiful country to Keir Mill in Dumfries, our overnight stay. The B&B accommodation was a fine old manse, with a pretty garden. Our friendly hostess recommended the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel in Thornhillfor dinner and there we had another very pleasant meal. On the way we drove past Drumlanrig Castle, the Dumfriesshire home of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry. I sincerely hope His Grace gets to have a meal at the local occasionally.

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After dinner our hostess offered us a dram or two as a nightcap. Glenmorangie single malt it was, liberally poured, and conducive of happy reminiscences about her visits to Australia and our experiences in Scotland.

Revisiting the photos and remembering our experiences I very much look forward to returning to this part of the world. I’d like to spend more time in Glasgow and Dumfries.

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Google Timeline map 18 May 2019 drive from Loch Ness to Dumfries via Glencoe and Glasgow