WINNER - Mrs Anne Frears
Our compliments go out to Mrs Anne Frears from Cumbria who wins a coach tour holiday for two to the Scottish Highlands. We hope you all fall in love with this romantic story, enjoy!
Honeymoon in Tyndrum
Bob and I had our first Highland Heritage holiday in 1994. We saw an advert in the Sunday Post and thought it would make a lovely honeymoon. We first met in 1966 and I must say, on my part, it was love at first sight, but circumstances meant we drifted apart and we both then went on to have different lives. We met again in 1992 and found we still had strong feelings for each other, so much so that we headed off to be married at Gretna Green, with only my sister and her husband, Bob’s two friends and their young son who took a lovely video of the day.
So now on to our lovely week at the Royal Hotel in Tyndrum … Our coach picked us up at Gretna, it was a nice sunny day and our driver was Paul from Durham. When we arrived, we had a slideshow about the area and were made to feel very welcome. Our meals were excellent and the staff were so friendly! We were looking forward to being waited on and entertained, and on our first day we were whisked off after a large breakfast to Pitlochry, with a coffee stop on the way.
Paul, our driver, kept us amused by telling us funny stories and little snippets of Scottish history – mind you, I think he made some of them up! I love waterfalls, so I was thrilled to see the Falls of Dochart. We stopped for a photo at Queens View, and also took in the wonders of Glencoe and MacDonald’s Tears. Then we were driven back through glorious countryside as Paul took us back to the Royal to relax before dinner and entertainment.
When we first boarded the coach, we couldn’t help but notice that quite a number of holiday makers were of a certain age, but they danced the night away like teenagers! Bob and I were shattered!!
We love to holiday in Scotland. We have been all over the place, but we still like to go with Highland Heritage because they look after you so well – and no driving for Bob once we are at the hotel. We enjoyed our trip to Luss because Take The High Road was on telly at the time, and the boat ride on Loch Lomond was very relaxing. We also had a lovely day out to see the deer, it was amazing to see those magnificent beasts up so close.
I must tell you about our trip to the power station – it was an awesome feeling going inside the mountain, but when we came out, Paul took us up to the top of the dam on a very steep, narrow road. He proved what a very skilled driver he was to tackle that, even if he did make us all chuckle on the way down by playing The Runaway Train!!
Now, anyone who is familiar with these holidays will know about the Head Gardener! This is the man in charge of everything – the beautiful flowers that appear in window boxes, hanging baskets, in fact everywhere you turn, you are greeted with a rainbow of colour. Not only is Himself green fingered, he is quite the joker, as we found out when he came to have a chat to us all. It’s not everywhere you get to meet the boss – let alone have him entertain you!!!
We have been enjoying Highland Heritage holidays for 22 years, and have never been disappointed once. They change their itinerary now and then so it keeps things fresh. Now it is us who are the ones of a certain age, but we hope to have many more holidays in bonnie Scotland with Highland Heritage.