At least once we wanted to stay overnight in a Scottish Castle. In Stonefield Castle, we did celebrate the classic English afternoon tea with sandwiches and scones – fantastic. The park around the castle has one of the biggest collection of rhododendrons. Unfortunately, the park is a bit shabby and not groomed therefore; the plants do not come into their own. However, the hotel bar is a highlight. The barkeeper not only has a very nice whisky collection, he also understands al lot of them. The many fireplaces were not working – what a pity.
In Tobermory on the isle of Mull we decided to go for dinner in THE in pub at the harbour. All tables were full, so we convinced a couple who was sitting at big table just on their own to invite us to share their table with us. As the waiter saw that the couple somewhat did not feel comfortable with that situation she managed to get us table in the bar. Therefore, the only thing Gabi had to do was to make sure that the door was always closed – which worked out well thanks to her natural authority – and we sat there cosy and comfortable. After the very nice meal, we had to pay in cash, which led to an acute cash deficit, which we eliminated immediately at the local cash dispenser. Moreover, wow all of a sudden we were proud owner of Scottish Pounds. I always thought that’s fairy tale, that the Scots print their own money as they do not have a central bank and accept the British Pound. Nevertheless, here we go: they exist the Scottish Pounds.
Glengorm Castle a B&B on the isle of Mull has a very nice way to handle their “bar”. The bar is basically an appealing number of whiskeys in their library. All guests can help themselves free. The fireplace gets prepared every day with fresh wood and paper, so that you can easily set it on fire. Moreover, this is what Gabi did right away. After 15min, you could not see your hand in front of your face anymore. We left the library to a young couple that was sitting somewhere in the smoke as well.