Monday 2nd January was not the best day to decide to drive to Edinburgh for a bit of shopping and sightseeing
We knew there would be snow. Loch Glascarnoch looked beautiful
with Ben Wyvis snow clad in the background
Aultguish Inn lies at the east end of loch Glascarnoch and is closed during the long winter months which was a shame as hot soup and rolls would have been very welcome!
Our journey to Edinburgh was surprisingly stress free and uncomplicated.
We were lucky. We learned later that in the afternoon part of the A9 near Blair Atholl had to be closed due to stranded vehicles in the snow
As it was we jigged along slowly in our cocooned warm world
looking out at what was at times
a stunningly white and beautiful landscape
At one point the sun put in a wishy washy appearance
and even the snow plough lit up
This is the very lazy way to take pictures - not once did I step out of the car - except to change drivers!
Soon the snow came back. Sensibly no one attempted to overtake on this stretch of dual carriageway!
At this point I think it got so dark and miserable outside I stopped taking pictures. Before we even reached Perth the snow had gone and the rest of our drive to Edinburgh was pretty nondescript.
While we had been prepared for some snow north of Edinburgh we were totally unprepared for the storm force winds that woke us in the early hours of the following morning. We looked out of the hotel window to see bins and branches blowing along the street. Later we took refuge in Ikea! Surprisingly it was open despite damage being done to cars in the car park by flying roof racks and debris. We saw a number of cars with windows smashed in. We set off for home later in the afternoon once the storm had died down a little. We saw many fallen trees and overturned lorries. The Forth road bridge was closed, along with the M9. The journey home took ages, but fortunately was uneventful. While we tend to do things on impulse I don't think if we'd realised there were going to be gusts of wind up to 102 miles an hour recorded in Edinburgh we would have set off on what was meant to be just a pleasurable excursion after the new year. As it was we arrived home safely and after watching the news and seeing the devastation, we felt very lucky that we had got off so lightly.