Isle of Skye to Huntly
We woke to overcast but dry conditions. We left reasonably early and retraced our steps past all that beautiful scenery almost all the way back to Fort William. We then branched off for Loch Ness and Inverness. We stopped on the side of the road and took a few early snaps of Loch Ness. We did so in the expectation that we would get more shots later on as the road follows the lake shore for about 20 miles or so.
Our plans changed just up the road where we encountered a solid wall of traffic. We were stopped for 10 minutes or so then crawled forward a short distance before again stopping for a long time. When we eventually started moving we encountered emergency services and an incapacitated bus off to the side of the road. We don’t know what happened but some passengers were sitting and lying on the side of the road behind the bus.
We had several kilometres of banked up traffic behind us and decided not to stop and get stuck trying to get back on the road. We drove into Inverness and had lunch at the Eastgate shopping mall. Darlene did a little shopping after lunch and then we headed off towards Huntly.
We arrived around 3.30 pm and checked in. The hotel was built in the 18th century and an open fire greeted us in the foyer. The hotel was not going to be full tonight and we were offered a suite on the first floor but turned it down and stayed with the room we booked on the ground floor. We are a little out of town here and the town is small so we stayed here and ate in. Over dinner we met the owner, a retired ship's captain who has travelled all over the world and lived in many different countries. He made us feel very welcome.