Orkney & Shetland 2019 - Day 5

Driving from Sheffield to Newtonmore

Monday, and after a good breakfast we headed north onto the M18 and then the A1(M). We turned west at Scotch Corner onto the A66 cutting across the country to meet the M6 then the A74(M). We passed Carlisle, entered Scotland, passed Glasgow and eventually the A9 took us to Newtonmore in the Highlands.

As we drove north the weather steadily improved, from light showers in Rotherham to a brilliantly fine afternoon at Newtonmore. After we had checked into the Glen Hotel, we took the opportunity to walk through the town, looking at the stone buildings, the cat statues and the spring flowers. The cats puzzled us for a while until we found out that this area has a native wild cat. (We saw one at the wildlife park the next day.) Then is was back to the hotel for a quiet drink in the sun.

The Glen Hotel at Newtonmore
A nearby ex-hotel
Looking along the main street at Newtonmore
The Hall, built 1913
Shinty - similar to field hockey but played mainly in the Highlands.
Spring blossom at the primary school
Hostel with wild cat
That cat
We had that feeling of being watched
Newtonmore War Memorial
Grouse in a tree
Clan MacPherson Museum
Their cat in tartan
Back to the hotel in the late sun
The hotel doubles as a day care centre...
And it serves great drinks.

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Last updated: 28/05/2019