The view from the Loch side pitch at Ardlui Marina last night was breathtaking. From Helga’s cab window it looked like she was actually on Loch Lomond and the movement of the water made it feel like she was cruising.
Mrs Slaw used the facilities on site this morning to wash her hair. Such a disappointment! While the facilities were clean and well-maintained, the water pressure was terrible 😢 For most of the shower it was an abysmal trickle and even worse when a loo was flushed.
Cabin Crew prepare for take off! Mrs Slaw performed the pre-flight checks in the cabin while Slaw completed the outside jobs. It is a well-oiled, slick manoeuvre. Never planned or orchestrated. It has just evolved over their eight or so years of motorhoming. The final route through Scotland commenced. It was a bright, sunny but cold day. The penultimate day of the Slaw’s Scotland Road Trip, taking in the NC500. Tonight’s stopover though is in England. The road along the shores of Loch Lomond was reminiscent of the road Slaw drove our Vera down at the side of Lago Maggiore in the Italian lakes. Winding, tight and hairy in places; especially when you meet a big vehicle coming the other way! All too soon Helga crossed the border into England.
Once Helga left the busy M6 and A66, the roads became smaller and smaller until it was just a single track road heading over the Yorkshire moors. Slaw commented on the lack of passing places. It seems England are far behind Scotland in that respect. However, the open moorland with stunning views for miles around gladdened the hearts of Slaw and the Mrs. The rugged raw beauty so familiar to Yorkshire folk. The Highland Coos now replaced by Swaledale Sheep, the emblem of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Tonight’s motorhome stopover is the Tan Hill Inn; famed for being the highest pub in Britain. A coaching inn since the 18th century, it sits aloft the moors at a heady 1,732 feet (528 metres) above sea level. While the pub has rooms available, motorhomes are welcome to stay overnight in the car park for a fee of £10 per person. Facilities include showers and loos. There is live music Friday and Saturday nights and a new attraction is the Dome Dining Experience. Mrs Slaw booked this as a treat for the last night of the holidays.
The Dome was set out beautifully. Crisp white table linen and napkins, shiny silver cutlery and sparkling glassware. A heater had made it the perfect temperature. An iPad played the songs of your choice. Mrs Slaw chose Prosecco and Slaw Guinness while they perused the menu. Slight let down for Mrs Slaw, the Prosecco was not served in a fizz flute, but a bog standard bar flute glass. Mrs Slaw has a thing about glassware. It makes or breaks a drink in her opinion. However, she soldiered on so as not to spoil the special occasion. The Dome is dog friendly so Prince William and the Cottingham Cowgirl were in attendance.
The dining experience is a three course meal with a bottle of wine or Prosecco. The menu choices are fairly broad. From chicken and chips, to curry, to steak. Starters are standard; such as soup and prawn cocktail. Desserts equally standard; brownie, fudge cake, crumble, ice cream etc. The starters arrived and Mrs Slaw was delighted with her tomato soup. To say the staff had to fetch it from the kitchens, round the car park, and across the grass to the Dome it was piping hot! Homemade and rustic it is a good choice. Slaw was happy with his prawn cocktail too. A good start!
The sun was beating down on the Dome. The glare from the white linen was strong. Mrs Slaw ended up wearing sunglasses! She turned the heater off as she was now the colour of the soup 🍅 This was a mistake. The sun was now hidden by big black clouds and the wind and rain were lashing the Dome. It was soon apparent that the zip on the door into the Dome was broken and it was blowing a hoolie through the gaps. The temperature dropped and the heater was turned on again. This change in weather continued all afternoon as the wind blew the clouds and showers quickly through. It made for some stunning skies though.
The main courses were steak for Slaw and lamb shank for the Mrs. It is always a worry when Slaw orders steak as he’s probably sent more back than he’s enjoyed 🤦🏻♀️ However, it was cooked to perfection. Medium rare, with just the right amount of pink. Accompanied by a tasty peppercorn sauce. Mrs Slaw was also pleased with the lamb. Things were looking good.
Desserts were also very good, but Slaw and the Mrs were full to bursting and so were unable to finish them. Coffees were declined. Overall, an enjoyable experience and something different. The food was good and the staff very attentive.
After their allotted three hours, the Slaw’s retired to the pub and were given a table in the ‘Rustic Barn’ where Crackpot played a live set. This was very strange! Live music in a pub? Not since February have they enjoyed such a thing. The duo played a mix of Irish and Americana foot stomping sing alongs that went down well with the crowd. New covid closing times adhered to and the pub was emptied by 10pm. It should be a good night’s sleep as the pub is in the middle of nowhere. It’s a clear night and the stars are out. A perfect end to a perfect holiday!