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2008 Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette

Day 1 - July 16th - Glasgow to Skye

We started our day's touring the day before - meeting at the Oakdale Mall in Binghamton, we headed down in two minivans to Newark Airport and a Continental flight to Glasgow. The next morning, we arrived in Scotland and picked up our wheels: a Peugot 807 people mover for the Scouts and a Ford Transit for the gear. 
First stop: the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. To be more specific, the National Park visitor centre at Loch Lomond Shores.  
After we got an introduction to the area at the Visitor Centre, we walked to the lake shore and into the Loch Lomond Aquarium. 

R: Alec and a Lionfish

Jon and Ryan and one of the aquarium's family of otters

Hey! Feeding's supposed to be at 11:00! Get a move on!

The aquarium has a walk-through tank, allowing photography from amongst the fish. Above, Alec, Kyle and Jon. Right: Brad in one of the otter tank's viewports. 

From Loch Lomond Shores we drove up the loch, stopping at Luss (home of Pete's Colquhoun clan) for lunch. Then we turned off on the Road to the Isles, with the historic Glencoe as our first destination.  Glencoe is remembered for the February, 1692, massacre of the MacDonalds of Glencoe by the forces of King William, under the leadership of Captain Robert Campbell. 

Next stop, the monument to the Young Pretender - Prince Charles Edward Stuart (aka "Bonnie Prince Charlie") at Glenfinnan. It was here that he landed on the Scottish mainland and raised his standard to start the 1745-46 Jacobite Rising. 

Jordan, Brad and Alec on top of the monument 

We were booked onto the 6:30PM CalMac ferry to Skye, so we proceeded onward toward the ferry terminal at Mallaig. Along the way we stopped at Loch nan Uamh for a few pictures.  

The railroad viaduct at the end of Loch nan Uamh

A fishing boat at Mallaig

So, of course, we had to stop for a great fish dinner once we got to Skye. 

We stayed for the night at the Portree Independent Hostel, right in the middle of the capital of Skye. 

The misty Isle of Skye, view from our hostel. 

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