Not a huge amount to report from today, day 1 of my first trip to Scotland of 2014. I picked my landscape photography truck up, my good friend and fellow photographer Andy Seagust gave it a check over to make sure I was set, I went home and packed and then set off for Fort William.
It was a fairly uneventful trip, cold out but dry from York till Glasgow where torrential rain came in. By Loch Lomond this had turned to sleet, which stayed with me to Crianlarich where it turned heavier from time to time all the way to Fort William. There was snow on the ground over Rannoch Moor and although a low mist hung over the road I could see the peaks of Glencoe towering above the A82 as I drove up. I may have mentioned it before but I have a real affinity for Glencoe, although I have never lived here, nor have any family from here (that I know of) for some reason it feels like home, as soon as I come around the corner past the Kings House Hotel and Glencoe Mountain Resort I feel a calm descend as if I have come home. Odd.
I was planning to stay in my truck for this trip but then Premier Inn launched their winter sale and for £25 a night I could have a warm bed and a proper shower with a pub and McDonalds within a 5 minute walk. To be honest I didn't have to think for long so here I am, checked in, I stay here that often it feels like a home from home. A quick bite to eat in the attached restaurant and back to my room to unpack, set up wifi access and prep my kit for tomorrow.
I'm going to have a leisurely start tomorrow and probably a run down to Loch Etive through Glen Etive and possibly a drive back South to Rannoch Moor. Now for an early night.