Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Scotland - Day Three ....

Every day a different view awaits.  Today the clouds rolled in bringing with them a hoar frost. A dusting of icing sugar on everything they touched.  We promised ourselves some locally resourced, fine dining on this trip, so a quick look on TripAdvisor and Google recommended the Lovat Brasserie in Fort Augustus, on the southern tip of Loch Ness.  We chose beetroot risotto and bacon knuckle with chicken terrine for starters, followed by lamb rilette and ox cheek for main.  I'm rarely lost for words, but the intensity of flavour and butter soft meat, coupled with perfectly prepared and cooked seasonal veg, left me speechless. A memorable meal served with a welcoming and friendly approach. Deserving indeed of it's 2 AA rosettes for cuisine.


By the time we left the mist was settled in for the night.  One last look at Loch Ness, what could be seen of it, atmospheric with no sign of Nessie ....


Sublime!

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  1. That is the exact misty view I had of Loch ness during our visit some years ago. I'm sure nessie was watching you from afar:)

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    1. I wonder if it ever looks any different. We drove up as far as Castle Urquhart and it did clear a little :-)
      Di
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  2. Loving all that gray! Perhaps I should move to Scotland :)
    Loi

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    1. Hi Loi,
      The gray shades are spectacular and it makes you understand why the northern countries use such muted tones in their interior designs. It's very peaceful and restful. Thanks for following my trip Loi.
      Love to you!
      Di
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  3. Di,
    I will just have to take your word on the “taste” of your dinner. However, the picture has me practically devouring the computers monitor. All I can say is it looks savory (tummy growling).

    Your final picture of Lock Ness, must have been the visual desert to a most wonderful sounding meal. It is looking like such a grand time. – gary

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    1. Gary,
      A grand time indeed. I never want to leave this place. Needa lottery win to keep this going :-)
      Di
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  4. Beautiful! Thanks for letting me tag along.

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    1. You are most welcome my dear friend. We will hide you away in our suitcase next time :-)
      Di
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  5. Hello Dianne

    The meal and the setting of Lough Ness will be a beautiful memory,

    Continued happiness as you journey along

    Helen xx

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    1. Helen,
      You are so right, these memories will last a long long time. The best gifts you can give each other, they never wear out!
      Di
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  6. Good morning Starlight! You are having a luscious time, aren't you? I AM TOO, watching from here! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! Anita

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    1. Anita,
      You must save your pennies to come here one day. Plenty of castles and cottages, you would love it, it's middle earth !
      Thanks for coming along with us.
      Di
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  7. Di, Looks wonderful! Enjoy this time.

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    1. Thanks Joy,
      I will raise a glass of whisky to you my friend.
      Di
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  8. What an amazing meal - and the setting was awesome.
    Scotland is definitely a hidden gem - I've been once (last year) and only to Edinburgh, hopefully I can get back there to see a lot more of the spectacular countryside next time.
    I'll be home in Devon for Christmas - and of course will have plenty of lovely scenery to view, IF the mists clears and the sun shines, fingers are crossed!

    Enjoy each moment Dianne.
    Mary

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    1. Mary,
      If Devon is half a nice as this is, and I am sure it will be, you will have a spectacular Christmas. I envy you!
      Thanks for sharing my trip with me.
      Much Love
      Di
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  9. This trip looks heavenly. So glad to be able to experience it through you. Is it ever NOT atmospheric on Loch Ness?

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    1. Mitch,
      It's atmospheric everywhere. Every morning we wake up and the changing view takes our breath away. I can't tell you how peaceful and restful it is. You should try this :-)
      Di
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  10. Magical....
    Warm hugs,
    - Irina

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