Onward ! To the cask wonderlands of Argyll.
Baa Baa was very excited as we reached Inveraray (pop. 603).
Wiki says the Latin motto “SEMPER TIBI PENDEAT HALEC” (possible English translation: “may a herring always hang to thee“), which rather excited Baa Baa, even though he’s not a herring fan.
Today the weather forecast for Inveraray is fog,
the same fog that descended on Friday and obscured the views of the famous castle that draws in the crowds.
But down by the harbour I beat a French tourist to the last parking space, sparking wild celebrations from Baa Baa.
Mrs RM had to do a Zoom call to someone at 11am so I left here setting up the on-road office and explored the town. In fairness, it doesn’t take a lot of exploring.
Two pub/hotels, one prison (disused), one castle, four whisky shops and seven cafes.
I bought Mrs RM a flat white from Campbell (no relation) Coffee, drunk it before it went cold, and then had to get her another one. AND a piece of the apple strudel perched temptingly on the counter. FIVE QUID !
I left Mrs RM enjoying her £5 strudel and nipped in the GBG George.
Actually, I nipped past a group standing patiently at the door waiting for noon opening, and found a gaggle of folk enjoying elevenses already ensconced in admiring the curling badges in the dark wooded lounge. Duncan intends to tick curling grounds when’s he done all the football ones.
I was greeted by a nice Spanish man who couldn’t quite get used to the idea I was popping in for “a quick half of Jarl“.
Still, he let me have a pleasing seat with a view of the bar
where I could see the Old Boys decking Tennent’s.
The beer was a touch too much above temperature, though an NBSS 2.5 was far from the worst of the trip.
And any baronial style hotel that regales gentlefolk with this classic is OK with me;
It took me ages to pay; table service and payment at the end is wrong in pubs.
But when I got back to Mrs RM she was still eating that apple strudel, so I didn’t feel too bad about not getting her some Scottish aromatics.
“Right, where next ?” she said.