I promised lots of Autumnal posts and I’ve failed a little. I underestimated just how busy I would be with work, home and organising a Halloween Event. However, it has been a productive month so far and I am pleased with that.
The girls are now on their October break from school so I’ve been trying to lessen the workload and do some family trips. This is no easy feat with two girls that are polar opposites but I came across an advert on facebook for Tubing on Glencoe mountain range and to my surprise, everyone was up for it!
When we arranged to go, I did have a bit of an ulterior motive, I was thinking about all the beautiful forests and glens we would pass through on the way and I was imagining my Autumnal pictures that I’ve been waiting to take… I should have known better and remembered October weather in Scotland can be a bit unpredictable (to say the least). It rained the entire two-hour journey there, it was dark and dreary and unlike the trees in our local area, when we got up north, it looked like Autumn hadn’t arrived yet, not a lot of the gold and red leaves I was looking for. It is still beautiful scenery, though, in fact, it’s one of my favourite drives (minus the scary, narrow roads).
When we arrived, the rain had calmed down quite a lot so we decided to brave the elements and go ahead. Hubby decided to sit this one out as his back has been playing up and he didn’t want to make it worse. It wasn’t busy at all so after we paid our entry fee, we had our safety briefing and were fitted for our helmets straight away, no waiting about, which was great.
It was a really good day out. The pictures don’t do it justice but you are quite high up and you go really fast. It’s really affordable too, £5 per person for an hours tubing. I imagine it’s much busier in the summer months but we certainly got our moneys worth as it was so quiet. In fact, Shannon and I were exhausted pulling the tube up the slope, Katie was the last one standing! We’ve already decided to come back in Winter to sit on the ski lift for a circuit. The girls also spotted the glamping pods and want to try them out, that might be more of a summer activity, though!
Although I was a bit disappointed with the lack of turning leaves, it is such a beautiful area of Scotland, so I can’t not show you the pictures. The weather was so moody one minute and then the sun would break out for a minute or two. There was a thick mist covering most of the hills though so the lighting wasn’t great for good pictures.
On our way back from tubing, we took a detour up past Perth, I’m so glad me made this decision as we came across the biggest herd of Red deer I have seen, complete with the handsome stag. This made my year!
I’ll leave you with the best Autumnal picture I managed…
The drive up North put us in such a patriotic mood that we have booked a cottage for a couple of nights, now the dreaded packing begins!