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Stornoway and the Hebridean Celtic Festival

My brother picked me up with Roberta (the Caravan), at 6am and we drove off to the Holloway Road to collect John Akehurst, a photographer friend. We were due to take the next two days to drive up to Stornoway and the Hebridean Celtic Festival. Day one went well and we reached Glasgow in time to get lost a few times before finding the B&B and meeting a friend for dinner. On Tuesday morning as we set off, I told my fellow travellers that I had the distinct feeling that the day was to be very surreal....

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The scenery around Loch Lomond and onwards through Argyll was absolutely stunning. The weather with dazzling sunshine and squally showers, leant the dramatic landscape an even more filmic quality. 
We finally arrived on the Isle of Skye and decided to stop for something to eat before continuing up to Uig to catch the ferry over to Lewis.

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It was then that my Brother, Anthony noticed that the tow bar was looking very low. As we peered beneath the car we could see that the metal holding the tow bar was bent downwards. It was obvious that it needed some urgent attention. After some help from some very friendly locals we continued on our way only to find it was happening again. With a heavy heart we unhitched Roberta, zipped over her cover and left her by the side of the road while we set off to find a garage.

We eventually had to go back over to the mainland and book into a B&B in Kyle-of-Lochalsh, as it was getting late. Wednesday morning we were recommended a garage, Corry Motors in Broadford and the very helpful Joff and his team where able to weld enough metal onto the chassis to enable the car to tow a tank. Poor Roberta is a little more hefty since her re-fit but at her age I think she's entitled quite frankly. By this time we had missed our space on the ferry over to Lewis and it was time for us to be making our way back down and the Festival at the Edge in Shropshire. Sadly we never made it to Stornoway, so close and yet......

On our way back we stopped in to see the Breadalbane Folklore Centre which is housed inside a beautiful working Mill dating from 1840 built on the site of a much earlier one said to have been built by St Fillan, whose story is told inside the museum. The legendary 'Healing Stones' of St Fillan can be seen, sitting on their bed of straw which is changed each year. Permission can be obtained to use the stones under certain circumstances.





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