And now for the long awaited Scotland post!
I’m sure many of you will be disappointed in the surprising lack of pictures we took on this trip. We always meant to, but we were too busy enjoying ourselves to bother. You should refer to last year’s posts if you need a refresh on the lovely scenery.
31 August — we left the house for the ferry. Liam through a tremendous fit as we were trying to get him in the car. Great, I thought, this is going to be a great trip! Surprisingly, once we were moving he calmed down and enjoyed the ride. And he loved the ferry! Last year we cheaped out and got a standard inside room. This year we got the family club room, which is apparently where the elite stay! I just got it so we’d have a little more room than last year. Imagine our surprise when we opened the door to an actual room! There were still three bunks, but in place of the fourth bottom bunk was a couch (of sorts). There was floor space for Liam to play!!!!!!!!!! There was a television, and even a mini-bar, completely stocked with complimentary booze, to our delight. To Liam’s delight there was a large fruit bowl as well. In addition, we had two windows (real windows) overlooking the water.
We were very glad the room was so good, as we found the deck a very non-child friendly place to be. Aside from the fact that it was crammed with people, the railings on this boat were no where near adequate to provide safety for little ones. Last year I was jumpy when he walked around on deck, but in reality I knew he couldn’t fall overboard, as the railings were so well designed. This year… heck, I could have fallen overboard. So we stayed in side on both crossings. Anyway, great food on board, but not the easiest place to corral a two year old. The ferry also had a children’s play area, which Liam loved. We loved that there were tables set outside the playroom with a television monitor so you could see what was going on inside the play area.
1 September — After a fairly unrestful night (Liam was too excited by the waves out the window to sleep), we got off the boat and headed north for Moffat, our stopping place for the night. The trip was pretty uneventful, save for many potty stops. We stayed in the Bridge House family room, which was another perfect choice for young children. There were plenty of toys to keep Liam entertained, movies for him to wind down to, etc. Only downside was that they didn’t serve dinner until 7PM, which was 8PM to Liam’s internal clock; also, although the food was great, it was too fancy of an atmosphere to take kids.
2 September — Another poorly-passed night, as we had difficulty pulling Liam away from the toys that were all too readily available. As I recall he also woke in the middle of the night quite disoriented, and spent the rest of the night in our bed. Little did we know at that time that this was the beginning of a long period of non-rest for us! Sleeping patterns just got more and more unstable throughout the trip. After breakfast we hopped back in the car and made our way to Fort Augustus. Traffic was horrendous and it took us twice the time we expected to get there. It was particularly dreadful around the city of Glasgow, where we sat for over an hour. And, naturally, Liam had to pee. Eventually, we did an Ohlssonized version of the Chinese fire drill: I jumped out of the passenger seat, ran to the back of the car and got Liam’s little potty. Meanwhile, Jesse was pulling my seat forward. I jumped into the back next to Liam, put the potty on the seat and sat on the floorboards. We got Liam out and onto the potty just in time. Seconds from disaster! The people in the car next to us had a pretty good laugh.
It took us seven hours to make what was supposed to be a three hour trip (we did stop for about an hour around lunch time). Once in Fort Augustus, we found the directions to the cottage, which had sounded perfectly easy to understand, to be a little vague. It took us three tries, but we finally managed to find the place. And it was perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Located on a tiny, tiny lane on the outskirts of town, it was just what we needed. Liam will give you a tour.
Come on in! As you can see, Liam made himself right to home.
Here’s Mom and Dad’s room…
Mom was right at home in the teensy tiny kitchen.
Living room and dining room all in one! So I can get addicted to the idea of watching t.v. while I eat!
Getting in a bit of a workout.
Well, being a tour guide and working out really wore Liam out. Guess you’ll have to come back in a day or so to find out about our further adventures in Scotland!