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Torridon Trip: Day 2 (28th Dec)

sunny 15 °C

After breakfast we ventured outside to an unusually warm day (14.5 degrees). As the weather was so calm and mild we decided to rearrange our plans and go via the usually treacherous in winter 'Bealach Na Ba' road to Applecross. The scenery en route was stunning and we instantly appreciated the beauty of Applecross once we arrived. We did a 5km walk taking in the Bay with Bobby and the weather was so warm I just needed a fleece! At the end of the walk we passed the Potting Shed café which was open and doing a roaring trade. As tables were scarce we decided to walk back to our car and go to the Applecross Inn right on the sea front. We were not disappointed! I had soup and beautifully cooked scallops and Grant chose fish and chips.
After lunch we took a drive around the Applecross peninsula. For dinner we had dips & red wine in front of the fire.

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Torridon Trip: Day 1 (27th Dec)

semi-overcast 10 °C

Our first stop was for a Costa cappuccino and breakfast at Burger King at the Kinross services.
We stocked up with goodies from Tesco and Marks & Spencer at Perth.
Our lunch stop was a quaint little place on the outskirts of Aviemore called 'One Pot Borrowed'. We had a tasty curried parsnip soup followed by coffees and a delicious peanut butter slice.
We finally arrived at Shepherd's Cottage just before darkness and we were instantly blown away by the secluded setting. Once inside the cottage we couldn't believe how comfortable and cosy it was with all the modern comforts needed. One of the first tasks was lighting a fire and unpacking with a glass of wine.
We prepared a pasta dinner and sat in front of the log burning stove. Bliss!

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Day 17; 7th Nov

sunny 30 °C

After some final packing we left the villa at 10:30am and dropped the car off at the rental company. We were dropped off at the ferry dock and after some salesmanship at the dock we chose a private ferry (Calyspo) to take us directly to the ferry dock at Marigot (St. Maarten). It was a high powered speedboat and given the choppy conditions, it was probably a good move.
After dropping off our luggage at the airport we took a taxi to the Sunset Bar were we got some very tasty bar food and people watched! I got my final margarita of the holiday and said goodbye to the sunshine.....

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Day 16: 6th Nov

sunny 30 °C

We finally made it to le Bon Pain for breakfast due to its limited opening hours. The cappuccino was very disappointing and the croissants were stodgy and heavy in comparison to those on offer in St. Barths. Certainly not a light calorie option!
We later took another trip to our favourite beach, Rendezvous Bay and did a spot of swimming and sun bathing. We drove to the site of the old Cinnamon Reef resort and weren't really surprised to see that no development had occurred there since the last time we visited. The site captured our imagination but it was also sad to think of what it must have been like during its prime.
We decided to have our final lunch at Blanchards Beach Shack as it was such a perfect location with some of the best casual beach food we have ever tasted.
After lunch we had a bit of a final island tour and went back to the villa. Thanks to the cloud we were able to do some packing without feeling too deprived!
For our final dinner we had decided to treat ourselves to our favourite restaurant from our last visit - Veya. The venue was just as lovely as we remembered and the cocktails were delicious. For a starter, we decided to share the conch fritters which were very good. Grant chose the lobster for his main course and I had the mahi mahi. Both dishes were good but they didn't blow us way like last time. Back at the villa we had a final night cap up on the crow's nest.

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Day 15: 5th Nov

sunny 30 °C

We opted for a light breakfast so we could head out snorkelling. Due to the calm conditions, we drove over to Shoal Bay East and the site of the old Gwen's Reggae Bar and Grill. Although the beach had disappeared a lot from when we were last there due to beach erosion, the conditions looked great for snorkelling. We weren't disappointed! It was definitely the best snorkelling experience we have had on Anguilla and we saw plenty of fish, lovely coral gardens, rays, sea snakes and a turtle.
On the way home we got a take away lunch from the local supermarket which was plentiful! We decided that due to the filling lunch we wanted something lighter for dinner so we decided to go back to the Viceroy's sushi restaurant for dinner. Although the sushi wasn't as good as Tokyo Bay, the setting was ideal.
We were lucky and finally managed to get a table as the restaurant was full when we arrived. There was a particularly lively group of people celebrating a birthday and the arrival of a DJ made it a fun and entertaining evening.

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