Friday, August 17, 2007

Ullapool, Highland, Scotland

So far, so good! I arrived in Scotland on Monday, and the trip has been great so far.

I'm driving around in a manual, which is a blast when you're driving on the left. Everything's fine as long as I'm driving forward, but I still want to look over my right shoulder when backing up...

I find it kind of amusing that they have signs all over Scotland reminding you that you're supposed to drive on the left. Even up here in the Highlands---you'd think that everyone would have figured it out by the time they made it up here!

The highlight of the trip so far has been a hike that I took in Glen Nevis, a valley at the base of Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles. Unfortunately, I couldn't see Ben Nevis, since it was obscured by clouds, but the hike took me up through a narrow gorge to an open valley with a beautiful waterfall at one end---not to mention the numerous small waterfalls that I passed on my way up. I'll need to post pictures of this soon.

Another great sight was Doune Castle, which is where many of the castle scenes were shot for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The exterior looked familiar from the opening scene in the movie, but Doune was used for many different castles in the movie---I really need to go back and rewatch the movie now so I can pick up on all of them.

Tonight I'm staying in the Achininver hostel, which is apparently a 300m walk from the nearest road---sounds like it should be cool!


Blogger james said...

whoa, do you have to shift with your left hand?

August 20, 2007 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Yep. But for the most part, things aren't reversed. The turn signal is still on the left; first gear is still on the left, etc.

August 21, 2007 at 12:21 PM  

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