Friday, June 19, 2009

Wonderful new social network site for Glencoe

Wherever climbers meet around the world, in the Himalayas, the Andes, the Alps, The Rockies, the Cuillins, or at Napes Needle, sooner or later the conversation will get around to the climbs in Glencoe. Shortly afterwards they'll agree to meet together next time in Glencoe in the Climbers Bar of the Clachaig Inn.

Yes, the Clachaig is that famous, all around the world. There is nowhere else like it.

Now there is a fresh burst of life there. Ed Daynes runs it and has got Glencoe and Ballachulish into the 21st century. With encouragement from David at Crafts and Things he has set up an excellent and simple service whereby if someone has an accommodation enquiry when they are already booked, then it is passed around by e-mail and someone with a vacancy picks it up.

Everyone wins.

Now Ed has gone one stage farther. Acquiring technical skills that are well beyond the range of normal humans, he has set up a "social networking" website for Glencoe. Like YouTube, Twitter and the rest, the site enbables anyone with an interest in Glencoe to post messages or photographs, or videos, and to add comments to others' postings.

Here is the site.
The Glencoe network site

There are some splendid people in this world. Thanks Ed.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Weeks commencing June 27th and July 4th Cottage Available Glencoe

We had this lovely e-mail recently. People do enjoy themselves at the cottage, no doubt. We get them a special rate on the Mull Wild Life Tours which saves nearly £30.

Hello John. Thought I'd let you know about our stay in your cottage. First off thanks so much for all the info. it was so so helpful. We had great fun finding some of the walks and getting in a muddle. Nothing to do with your instructions but entirely to do with me. I'm easily confused. Lots of coffee in Crafts & Things. And bought a couple excellent books. Did quite a lot of reading actually. Also we had brill weather unlike down south which got completely rain clobbered. We went on the wildlife safari on Mull which was very very good. Managed to watch golden eagles crusing around then resting up by their nest.Watched two sea eagles over the loch and one swooped down and had a battle taking a duck off the water. Bit worrying as the the eagle looked as though it was getting into trouble and obviously very worrying for the duck. Bad news for the duck as the eagle managed to lift off and go up into the trees. Also had a great view a a couple of otters playing around as they ate some eels. Watched them for quite a while. I managed to get a finger slammed in the van door while we were over there and it was a mad dash for the first aid kit to strap me up. I was very brave though and didn't make to much fuss. Actually I was worried about the sheep everywhere. Not only because the drivers didn't seem to make allowances for the babies right by the side of the road and also because it was just so craggy and scary and anything to do with babies and animals is a biggy for me. Had to avert my eyes a couple of times. We saw lots of kinds of birds on Mull and our man Richard picked up on everything. Also did the supper trip out to the inner hebrides whch was very relaxing. Harry Potter train - GREAT. Got lots of photos.The cottage proved absolutely everything we needed. We borrowed the waterproofs but actually didn't need to use them. Also used the binoculars, the dvds and vids, the computer, scrabble boards and cards and probably just about everything else. Had great meal at the Holly Tree prices much the same. How lovely it was to sit out on their balcony of an eve with a beer and just gaze over the loch. Didn't eat out anywhere else but bought shopping in co-op and sorted outselves. Took 8 - 9 hours driving plus breaks. Not hard at all. Although we drove all the way home with the water temp gauge on red but just decided to ignore it. Good decision because it seems to be broken! Anyway say hello to Scotland from me when you go next and again big thankyous! Barbara and Mary

Still got a couple of weeks free before the school holidays begin.
Some pages you might be interested in.
Lochside cottage near Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland
Last minute, late availability Glencoe, self catering cottage
Spring breaks, March April May Glencoe
Honeymoon cottages in Scotland
Weather in the mountains of Glencoe
The Viking battle in Glencoe
The true story of the Glencoe massacre
Weather month by month in the area
New website to help find holiday accommodation in the West Coast, Oban and Fort William areas
Tourist and visitor information, this is the biggest Glencoe information site, hotel and cottage accommodation
Events in Glencoe Appin Lochaber Oban and Ballachulish
Last minute, short breaks, in Scotland, owners sites direct
Find the best Scottish holiday cottages on the internet
Cut the costs of your holidays
Cheap travel in scotland
Scotlands weather misconceptions
Facts about self catering holidays
Short holiday breaks, special last minute deals, self catering Scotland
Special self catering offers in Scotland
Advice on driving in Scotland
Lochside cottage near Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland
  • Short Breaks Glencoe
  • Stories about Appin villages blog