INVEREWE GARDENS AND APPLECROSS INN
There was heavy rain around five'ish next morning, and it was drizzling when we got up, but I delayed leaving the site until around eleven, and guess what - it was lovely sunshine.
I had wanted visit the gardens at Inverewe since I first became seriously interested in gardening in my very early twenties, though if I had not bought Thebus I am sure I would never have gone, but it was worth the wait and I was not disappointed. It's a truly lovely garden. Given to the National Trust in the 1950's and beautifully kept up by a team of dedicated gardeners. Not only neat and tidy but obviously still being lovingly improved, which is unusual.
There are well over forty acres of garden in total, so obviously far beyond my walking abilities. I did check if they had a mobility scooter and they did, but it was off for repair, but I managed to get down to the main house and the vegetable and cutting gardens plus some of the azalea and rhododendron walks. The views were fabulous in the sunshine.
Looking down from the driveway to part of the vegetable and cutting gardens
Lawns in front of Inverewe House with old Eucalyptus tree
A selection of azalea and rhododendron walks to the side of the main drive approaching Inverewe House
Inverewe Eucalyptus tree from beneath
Even the little corners were full of interest. This was just a wall bounding the drive.
It was a real 'gardener's garden'
Down some stone steps with a beautiful modern wrought metal handrail
Then this doorway leads through to the Inverewe vegetable and cutting gardens
Modern Sculpture in Inverewe Vegetable Garden
Views of Loch Ewe from beside driveway approaching Inverewe House
and overlooking the kitchen gardens
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I am not normally that much of a fan of 'cafe' food even if it is at the National Trust, and my early morning breakfast routine has faded somewhat - I am ashamed to say I am going back to skipping it, so instead of an early lunch I cooked some sausage, tomatoes, eggs and bacon plus a pot of fresh coffee whilst parked up in the coach park. Lovely.
So... where to next. I have tried Scottish Haddock and Chips at lots of places now, but I don't think anything is going to come up to the first taste at the Lerwick Museum Restauarant, so as the Western Isles are renown for their shellfish I feel a new taste test coming on.
I had heard good reports of a 'Seafood Shack' at Kishorn so though we might head there. I have been trying Strict Lady again – only for the main roads, and never trusting her to do more than get me to the actual town specified, so that was entered up and off we set. Part of the way there I saw a sign off to the right for the Applecross Inn which was also supposed to be well thought of for its seafood.
So thinking that if the Seafood Shack were fully booked for the evening then Applecross might be worth investigating I stopped and managed to get a phone signal. On being told they had no evening service anyway we turned round and took the coastal road via Gairloch and Torridon, and very beautiful it was too, though I was pleased I was not encumbered with the Wretched Rack, I think he would have grounded us more than once, in fact if he hadn't come to grief when he did I can think of at least half a dozen times he would have done since.
Once again the scenery along the way was wonderful though the road was quite tight with not all that many stopping places. Before I got to this area somone said – 'The scenery there is so heart-stoppingly beautiful that words fail me'. And I think he was right. Below are just a few glimpses