A bold Scottish adventure in a tiny French car

Years and years ago, I started planning a trip to Balquhidder, Scotland. Getting to travel to the place where my dad’s family came from was really more of a pipe dream than anything else. I wasn’t sure it would actually ever happen. Well, we arrived in Balquhidder on May 10, and let’s just say it was quite an adventure getting here. But it’s already worth it.

We left Carlisle after church was done, around 3:00 p.m. and headed north. The Nomad drove and did a fantastic job. We made it to the general area in about three and a half hours, and Google told us to turn on this really sketchy looking road.

Honestly, this road was only fit for a four-wheeler.

So of course we tackled it in a Peugeot.

The Nomad floored that funny little car and bounded over potholes bigger than the car itself, and we kept climbing and climbing and climbing. But we didn’t see the cabins anywhere. We got to the top of the hill, and we were in someone’s yard. The Padre knocked on the door of the house, but nobody answered. Then, as we looked around, we saw the cabins down below us. So we loaded back up and carefully made our way back down to the cabins.

The Padre and I walked ahead of the car and located our cabin, guiding The Nomad in.

This cabin is beautiful. I’ll try to post some photos later, but wow! It’s just gorgeous! And of course, it’s within sight of the main road. Google sent us in the wrong way, and there’s a paved road right below us.

By the time we got here, we were starving. We hadn’t really eaten. So we went to a restaurant I’d read about called Mhor 84. It was so tasty. The Ginger had fish and chips, and the rest of us had beef roast with mashed potatoes. So amazingly good.

We just crawled back into the cabin, and we’re going to sleep.

It’s still raining like crazy outside, and we’re hoping that it will clear up. But if it doesn’t, we’ll go anyway. It’s a short car ride to the church (kirk) at Balquidder and then it’s a 20 minute hike to Creag an Tuirc, which is the ancestral meeting place for Clan MacLaren.

Expect awesome photos as soon as we have internet again!

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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