Our selection of B&B proved to be an outstanding success. We were welcomed at The Old Smiddy, Laide by Julie complete with tea and freshly baked scones, jam and cream. Once we had finished she insisted we head for the “must see” beach at Mellon Udrigle. By coincidence this had been our plan anyway having picked up a walking route from walkhighlands.com. Although we didn’t do the walking route due to insufficient time, we did spend an hour or so at the beach. Hopefully the photos will speak for themselves.
We had played safe and opted for dinner at the Old Smiddy. Julie will cook a 4 course dinner at around £28.50 a head, all you have to do is bring your own bottle. We had watercress and orange soup with homemade bread followed by smoked trout from the Aultbea smokehouse, duck with morello cherry sauce and finished off with a crowdie cheesecake. Fantastic stuff and well worth the money.
There were 2 other guests staying at the Old Smiddy. Our companions for the evening were G and M. G, was a huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ sort of a gal, with a voice that spoke of big country estates and an exclusive private girl’s school. She kept us entertained throughout the evening with tales of their travels. But as usual in these circumstances the discussion always comes around to places to stay and where to find the best food. We had mentioned Kinloch Lodge on Skye. G laughingly told us she used to cook with Claire MacDonald and that they were both bloody awful. She didn’t say when, but we got the impression they were friends from a long time ago. Another of her pals owns the Killiecrankie Hotel which takes dogs! She highly recommended this one so we checked it out online on our return home and it looks pretty good.
Then it was time to retire to the residents lounge for coffees and tablet before heading for bed. I was looking forward to tomorrow. Twenty nine years and 11 months had passed since J and I had toured around tomorrow’s destination. It was hard to believe it had taken us so long to return. The forecast for tomorrow was amazing, just like it had been on our memorable day trip all those years ago…
Coming soon the final part of “An Unexpected Journey”…after a 30 year wait!