Our 2018 Bootscooter 4 day holiday took us to Arrochar in Scotland, to the Claymore Hotel. As per usual, we don’t have much idea of what is in store for us. But we certainly were not disappointed. Situated right on the shores of Loch Long with spectacular views across the Loch and magical views of the Scottish mountains, tipped with snow on their peaks.
Our driver Roy did us well proud and stopped off at Moffatt on the inward journey. Moffatt’s quite a quaint village, but needless to say, many of us headed for the best focal point, The Bull Inn, as we definitely needed to ‘quench our thirst’ – it’s quite a long journey. From Moffatt it was straight on to Arrochar, and it was lovely to arrive with plenty of daylight hours still available. All issued with our room keys and off to settle in. The hotel was warm and most welcoming. Parts were a little dated, but that didn’t seem to faze any of our group of 44. Cases in room it was time to explore the ‘bar’ area. We were fortunate to have been allocated 4 free drinks per day, so some were eager to get started using them.
After a lovely evening meal served by Andrei our waiter for the duration of our stay it was time for our Friday night entertainment, a singer Ian MacIntosh. What a lovely voice and great choice of songs and soon got the dance floor full.
Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast we were off on our full day excursion along some of the beautiful scenic routes eventually having our first stop off at Inverary, steeped in history with its Castle and Prison and whisky shop. Well worth a visit albeit a bit cold, so it was nice to get a cup of coffee in the Woollen Shop cafe. All back on the coach it was off to Oban, again some beautiful scenery on our way. Roy dropped us close to the shops, where many went off to explore, some finding a pub so they could watch the Liverpool v Man. United game. Others drifted down to the ferry terminal where lies a lovely Wetherspoons. It was nice watching the ferries come and go, have a snack and refreshments.
Back to the hotel, time for a good rest then down for our meal and our entertainment. Saturday we had a Comedian Brian La Vell. It was a brilliant night, and well done to John (his first time on a Bootscooter trip) who made the night for us. Picked randomly out of the audience, but he did fabulously and had us all crying with laughter – you well passed the Bootscooter trip initiation test John. Again a night using our free drinks vouchers – brilliant.
Sunday we had another trip out – this time to Loch Lomond and 33 of us took the opportunity to have an hour long cruise on Loch Lomond which was lovely. From here Roy took us to Callendar, where we had a lunch stop, lovely scenic village, then on to The Drovers Inn, the oldest pub in Scotland in Inverenan. Absolutely fascinating place with hundreds of stuffed birds and animals strewn around the place, after here it was back to The Claymore. Several people went off to their rooms, but a few of us decided to explore the Village Inn about 15 minutes away from the Claymore.
A really lovely, friendly place, very quaint, but actually bigger inside than it looks. All too soon it was time to walk back and get ready for our last evening meal. The meal was once again lovely, after which we were entertained by a singer Raymond Blondell, we had been told he was excellent and he certainly didn’t disappoint. It was yet another great night, and it was the turn of Mal (old rubber hips) tonight to join in with the singer, what a brilliant sport- well done Malcolm.
So Monday morning came round all too fast, we’d all had an absolutely fantastic time, but alas, we had to return home.I think it goes without saying that everyone enjoyed themselves, well from the feedback I’ve received so far anyway.
We stopped off at Gretna Green on our return trip and it was a chance to get any last minute presents that we hadn’t managed to get over the weekend.
Finally, thank you all so much for the flowers, wine and money, wow you are so generous, receiving more at class last night – thank you - it’s you people that make the Bootscooters what it is today. A lovely friendly group who welcome anyone through our doors as part of our Bootscooter family.
From Bill and Myself. THANK – YOU
Roll on 2019