DUFFTOWN TO EDINBURGH
We left Dufftown today, saying goodbye to our hosts Fiona and Magnus, and hit the road bound for Edinburgh. Our clear sunny weather streak appears to have come to an end with the arrival of a storm called, Hector. There was some seriously strong cross winds on our drive through the Cairngorms (which I later learned reached up to 105mph) and crossing the massive Queensferry Crossing bridge into Edinburgh, which was almost closed to traffic due to the weather.
I was really looking forward the driving through the Cairngorms, but the combination of weather and other humans (mostly old people in campervans) put a real dampener on it.
Some stretches of the route were awesome, like the part of Lecht Road that goes through the ski fields, but it was too windy and there were too many grey nomads in the way to fully enjoy the drive. Driving through the Cairngorms was more of a highland cruise than a fun rollercoaster like my favourite Carradale to Campbeltown road, with wide open spaces, sweeping corners and some significant elevation changes.
We pretty much drove straight through to Edinburgh from Dufftown, with a few quick stops to take photos. Tomorrow, we explore Edinburgh and kick it off with the Scotch Whisky Experience at the base of Edinburgh Castle.