May 17th – Day 7 + 2: We are in Peebles.

Last night we stayed at Craigroyston House in Pitlochry where our hosts Vaughan and Susan were very interested in our trip. Both they and our fellow guests (from Scandinavia) took several photos of a fly-splattered Riley Blue. The previous night was spent in total tranquillity at Clynelish Farm, Brora, mid-way between John O’Groats and Inverness.

En route south, after a venison burger in Aviemore, we diverted via the Cairngorm Mountain and drove all the way up to the funicular mountain railway to find it shut! It was such a disappointment as we were hoping to reach the summit, or as close to it as we could go, but safety concerns have closed the railway for the foreseeable future, thwarting our plan for a summer snowball fight!

We couldn’t quite reach the snow.

We’d stopped off at a place we’d noted on our way north, the Goodbrand & Ross tea room at Corgarff. It’s an American log-cabin style diner that has a menu full of tempting ice creams and a shelf full of old-fashioned sweets in jars. The second we resisted, the first were just too tempting…

At the Goodbrand and Ross American-style diner,
delicious Hot Fudge Sundaes within!

Today we sped south on the A9 and M90 over the new Queensferry road bridge to skirt Edinburgh for Peebles where we’re spending the weekend at the Scottish Riley Enthusiasts National Weekend. Having registered our arrival we are now in our room at The Park Hotel, thinking back to our journey via Land’s End and John O’Groats and looking at the hours of video we have taken on the drive.

Tomorrow Rosslyn Chapel is on our agenda and rain is forecast.

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