Thursday, 22 December 2016


It is close to Christmas, so I have headed southeast to spend time with my family. The journey went well. I took an unusual route, taking the ferry to Ullapool, then proceeded by bus to Inverness Airport. The weather was poor, with strong winds in the Minch. The new ferry, MV Loch Seaforth, mitigated the worst effects as did having a breakfast before setting out. From the moment I went out of doors in Stornoway to the moment I entered the terminal building at Inverness Airport, I was treated to non-stop hail, sleet, wet snow and rain. In the night, there were frequent thunderstorms. The flight went without a hitch. At Schiphol Airport, I was stopped by a pretty girl trying to flog skin products. She wanted to clean my hands, but when she wanted to clean my face, I had to make my excuses and went for my train. Although I normally take the bus from Arnhem, I found I was going to miss the connection (next one a whole hour later) so I proceeded a few miles up the line and took a bus from there.

Boarding MV Loch Seaforth

In the observation lounge

Crossing the Minch

Approaching Ullapool

Between Ullapool and Inverness

Inverness bus station

Inverness airport

The Lake District

Gridlock Holland


Mary Degli Esposti said...

ALWAYS HAVE BREAKFAST! You can tell I never go anywhere anymore. The observation lounge looked like a space ship to me.
I hope you have a joyous, loving holiday with your family.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you had a safe trip and can enjoy the holidays with family.