I haven’t just been ignoring this blog, I’ve been away having fun and adventures. Some good…some not so good (as you may have noticed if you follow me on twitter!). We survived. We even enjoyed parts of it! I could write a zillion blogs on everything that happened, but for now at least, I’ll restrain myself and just give you the highlights. In fact, just the highlights of the drive up as I seem to have got a bit carried away!
To get to the Isle of Lewis we drove all the way up to Uig on the Isle of Skye. That’s about 570 miles. With a toddler and a baby. A baby who doesn’t like cars. Then we took a ferry to Harris & after driving for another hour we arrived at our destination, a small village (they’re all small villages on the island!) called Tolsta Chaolais. As it was such a long way, and we have a petrol guzzling, 5.5 litre beast of a car, we were borrowing our friend’s diesel Golf. Very practical, but slightly smaller boot!
We packed up the car and, having decided to leave at night, we got the children out of bed and into the car. It was midnight by this point, and we’d just made our first mistake. Twink did not react well to being taken out of bed. Sure, at first it was fun and games, but he didn’t go back to sleep. When he did start dozing, he’d wake himself up and scream. It sounded like he was scared, maybe by the flashing streetlights. By 3.30am, we’d had enough and found a travelodge to sleep in. Except Twink didn’t want to sleep. I think we managed about 2 or 3 hours in the end, before heading down for breakfast. Squishy had been absolutely perfect throughout this. Usually she screams constantly in the car, but it seems that she doesn’t mind it at night if she’s asleep.
It didn’t take long until Hubby & I were getting drowsy again, so I just took the next turning and we figured we’d find somewhere we could stop, stretch our legs and eat lunch. Did we ever! Along windy roads we found Drumlanrig Castle. As well as a lovely tearoom, this castle has a fantastic adventure playground. You wouldn’t believe the things Twink did, or the heights he scaled! With sandpits, slides (including a really tall one!), zip wires and a climbing wall, I really would recommend a stop here.
Phew. That’s a lot of photos! We had an AMAZING time there. Twink absolutely didn’t want to leave. We stopped for much longer than we expected, resulting in us not arriving at the B & B in Uig till past eleven at night. The ferry trip the following morning was Twink’s first boat, and he loved it! Racing around pointing at everything, climbing all the ridiculously steep stairs and smiling at everyone (even if they did think he was a girl!). We arrived at Tolsta Chaolais by lunch…utterly exhausted!