8th September Bus into Gairloch/Strath

Our last Wednesday off started with a bus ride into Gairloch to the harbour.  The bus driver was a gent, he dropped us where we wanted and told us that on the return route he would pick us up and drop us off wherever we wanted (along the route), all we had to do was flag him down.  Not only that, as we were wandering around Strath he came past and stopped just in case we wanted picking up! How refreshing is that?!

Waiting for the bus!

Angela waiting for the bus outside Inverewe Gardens

Within Gairloch there is a village called Strath that has been our little metropolis while we’ve been here but we’ve never wandered round it, just rode in, got our provisions and left.

So, we decided to get the bus in and wander round the harbour, go for some lunch , walk into the village down the back roads and just take in the views along the shore.  We came across a vintage car rally called the Heritage Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) and managed to take a few pictures of the cars taking place.

Bridge by 'The Old Inn'   Gairloch Harbour

Mending the nets!  Fresh Seafood & Shellfish

Along the harbour the fishermen were busy repairing their nets and seafood was for sale alongside the pier.

We left the harbour to walk along the beaches back into Strath and were blessed with magnificent views across to the Isle of Skye.  As the day was drawing to a close the sun’s rays were making the loch water shimmer and we were reminded again just how much we’re going to miss this place.

  Angela & Heather!   Gairloch Beach (2)  Gairloch Beach

Gairloch Hotel  Memorial   Footpath to Strath 

Escort RS 2000  Austin Healey  E Type Jaguar

Looking from Strath

While we waited for the bus, we treated each other to a pint of ‘Belhaven Best’ and looked out over Gairloch.

Cheers!  Two Pints  Good Health!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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1 Response to 8th September Bus into Gairloch/Strath

  1. pau & ffiona says:

    Thanks Guys, been great reading your blog over the year, really enjoyed it.
    Good luck for the future, would be great to e-mail and pick your brains re the job if you’ve time.
    ffi & I have just had an e-mail from the C.C to say we’ve got an interview in January so we’re tickle pink!

    Best wishes

    paul and ffiona

    paul.wrigley AT baesystems.com

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