What would you do?

If you could run away for a day, what would you do?  Assuming that money was no object, would you find yourself on the Far Pavilions of the Himalayas or would you do something special which means a lot to you but wouldn’t cost the earth and where you could do the round-trip in a day.

View over the basin at the Crinan Canal
Crinan Canal, Argyll

This would be my “away day” moment.  I love visiting the Crinan Canal and Crinan Village …  so quiet, so peaceful and, odd as it may seem, quite often a real sun trap.  It’s lovely walking along the canal bank, looking out on to the water and the hills beyond.  There’s a lovely little coffee shop (which is open during the summer months) as well as an award-winning restaurant at the Crinan Hotel, which was much loved by Michael Winner.

After our walk and maybe a cup of coffee, we then return slowly in the direction of Inveraray;  you can’t go to Inveraray without having a meal in the George Hotel, it would seem!  That’s highly recommended too.

So, without spending huge amounts of money, I have drunk my fill of fresh air, walking along the canal, sea views, sunshine, a quick bite to eat for lunch and then a fabulous meal in Inveraray.  That’s my escape sorted.  I’d love to hear about yours!


Bowling – Forth Clyde Canal

The Bowling Basin sees quite a lot of activity in the summer months with yachts and motor boats either typing up in the safe harbour or traversing the country from Edinburgh to sail out into the Clyde and further – the Hebridean Islands, maybe!

It’s quite possible to walk along the banks of the Canal, underneath the Erskine Bridge to Clydebank town centre and further.  There is car parking at the Bowling Basin but, if you’re in the designated car park, it gets locked overnight so it’s a good idea to check with the lock-keeper in case you’ve got to leave the car till the morning.