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what's the difference between a mere lake & a loch....

None. All those words mean "lake".

"Mere" - lake.
"Loch" - lake.
"Lake" - ditto.
 

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None. All those words mean "lake".

"Mere" - lake.
"Loch" - lake.
"Lake" - ditto.

Lough to include our friends across the water
 
None. All those words mean "lake".

"Mere" - lake.
"Loch" - lake.
"Lake" - ditto.
Although, one of the “lakes” obliquely referred to by Fang is actually a “laich” and technically doesn’t refer to the body of water (despite what the OS says).
 
Lough to include our friends across the water
I never understood that spelling.
Scots Gaelic for lake: loch
Irish for lake: loch
Scottish English for lake: loch
Irish English for lake: lough

Why choose the most ambiguous 2 letter combination in the English language?


(I am in philosophical mood this morning)
 
Ask him how he pronounces Balloch because they are pronounced differently north and south. :)
The one on Loch Lomondside or the one in Cumbernauld?
 

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A wee article covering some of the finds at Inchnadamph in the bone caves
 

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Currently weighing up options for a potential return to Scotland this year.

We’re supposed to be going to Greece in July but if that goes to pot then we’re gonna do round two but this time with a bit more planning, now we know the area.

We’ll be looking to miss out some of the duller parts on the East Coast and head straight to Thurso for a ferry over to Orkney.

Then do all the good bits on the West coast again, before getting another ferry from Ullapool to Harris.

Probably do another mix of wild camping and campsites, although this time we may go for some hotels in Stirling on the way up, Ullapool and Fort William on the way home.

So suggestions for stuff to do in Orkney and Harris please.

Rough outline itinerary:
Day 1. Cumbria to Stirling - Overnight in hotel, do Stirling Castle etc.
Day 2. Stirling to Latheronwheel - See the dolphins we missed on the Black Isle last time, Dornoch beach if the weather is good (it was shite last time). Camp at Latheronwheel, they have a lovely little harbour with BBQs and a mowed area for tents etc.
Day 3. Latheronwheel to Thurso to Orkney via ferry.
Day 4. Orkney
Day 5. Ferry from Orkney back to Thurso to Sango Sands (mega campsite on the beach that we stayed at last time).
Day 6. Sango Sands to Ullapool - best bit of driving by far, hotel for night in Ullapool depending on ferry times.
Day 7. Ferry from Ullapool to Harris.
Day 8. Harris.
Day 9. Ferry from Harris to Uig on Skye.
Day 10. Skye to Fort William, hotel for night.
Day 11. Fort William to home.
 

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Currently weighing up options for a potential return to Scotland this year.

We’re supposed to be going to Greece in July but if that goes to pot then we’re gonna do round two but this time with a bit more planning, now we know the area.

We’ll be looking to miss out some of the duller parts on the East Coast and head straight to Thurso for a ferry over to Orkney.

Then do all the good bits on the West coast again, before getting another ferry from Ullapool to Harris.

Probably do another mix of wild camping and campsites, although this time we may go for some hotels in Stirling on the way up, Ullapool and Fort William on the way home.

So suggestions for stuff to do in Orkney and Harris please.

Rough outline itinerary:
Day 1. Cumbria to Stirling - Overnight in hotel, do Stirling Castle etc.
Day 2. Stirling to Latheronwheel - See the dolphins we missed on the Black Isle last time, Dornoch beach if the weather is good (it was shite last time). Camp at Latheronwheel, they have a lovely little harbour with BBQs and a mowed area for tents etc.
Day 3. Latheronwheel to Thurso to Orkney via ferry.
Day 4. Orkney
Day 5. Ferry from Orkney back to Thurso to Sango Sands (mega campsite on the beach that we stayed at last time).
Day 6. Sango Sands to Ullapool - best bit of driving by far, hotel for night in Ullapool depending on ferry times.
Day 7. Ferry from Ullapool to Harris.
Day 8. Harris.
Day 9. Ferry from Harris to Uig on Skye.
Day 10. Skye to Fort William, hotel for night.
Day 11. Fort William to home.


Orkney has a range of options.
Military history.
Natural history
Neolithic era.

Can give you a range of beaches in Dornoch area.

I would also suggest up on one ferry and down the other.
The views are quite different on each.
 
Currently weighing up options for a potential return to Scotland this year.

We’re supposed to be going to Greece in July but if that goes to pot then we’re gonna do round two but this time with a bit more planning, now we know the area.

We’ll be looking to miss out some of the duller parts on the East Coast and head straight to Thurso for a ferry over to Orkney.

Then do all the good bits on the West coast again, before getting another ferry from Ullapool to Harris.

Probably do another mix of wild camping and campsites, although this time we may go for some hotels in Stirling on the way up, Ullapool and Fort William on the way home.

So suggestions for stuff to do in Orkney and Harris please.

Rough outline itinerary:
Day 1. Cumbria to Stirling - Overnight in hotel, do Stirling Castle etc.
Day 2. Stirling to Latheronwheel - See the dolphins we missed on the Black Isle last time, Dornoch beach if the weather is good (it was shite last time). Camp at Latheronwheel, they have a lovely little harbour with BBQs and a mowed area for tents etc.
Day 3. Latheronwheel to Thurso to Orkney via ferry.
Day 4. Orkney
Day 5. Ferry from Orkney back to Thurso to Sango Sands (mega campsite on the beach that we stayed at last time).
Day 6. Sango Sands to Ullapool - best bit of driving by far, hotel for night in Ullapool depending on ferry times.
Day 7. Ferry from Ullapool to Harris.
Day 8. Harris.
Day 9. Ferry from Harris to Uig on Skye.
Day 10. Skye to Fort William, hotel for night.
Day 11. Fort William to home.
"So suggestions for stuff to do in Orkney and Harris please."

Mainly, hold on tight.
 
Actually, can you get the ferry from Ullapool to Harris? I thought it only went to Stornoway, which is Lewis.

So, if your going to Lewis and Harris, then Callanish may be worth a visit if you like old stones.

The beaches there are some of the best in the British Isles, and there is a tiny chance that the weather may allow you to enjoy them - Luskentyre, Scarista, Husinis, or maybe Uig where the Lewis Chessmen were found. There is probably a dozen or more others just as good so you may want to research them.
 

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A really useful guide to Orkney's coastal batteries

Mine cost £5.95 But that was a wee while ago
 

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My 2d worth.

W21A

Day 1. Cumbria to Stirling - Overnight in hotel, do Stirling Castle etc.
Day 2. Stirling to Latheronwheel - See the dolphins we missed on the Black Isle last time, Dornoch beach if the weather is good (it was shite last time). Camp at Latheronwheel, they have a lovely little harbour with BBQs and a mowed area for tents etc. FORT GEORGE ALSO OVERLOOKS THE SRAIGHT BETWEEN CHANONRY POINT WHERE THE DOLPHINS ARE OFTEN SEEN.
Day 3. Latheronwheel to Thurso to Orkney via ferry. IF YOU GET TIME GO VIA
Achavanich Stone Setting
Unnamed Road,Latheron, Latheron KW5 6DX
58.356741, -3.389621 GOOGLE.
JUST OFF THE A9 BETWEEN LATHERON AND THURSO.

Day 4. Orkney
Day 5. Ferry from Orkney back to Thurso to Sango Sands (mega campsite on the beach that we stayed at last time).
Day 6. Sango Sands to Ullapool - best bit of driving by far, hotel for night in Ullapool depending on ferry times.
Day 7. Ferry from Ullapool to STORNOWAY watching for whales, dolphins and seabirds. (Lewis and Harris are different islands separated by a mountain range. There is now a modern road.)
Day 8. Harris.TOO MUCH TO MENTION. HUSHINIS AND THE WALK IN AND OUT ARE A FANTASTIC DAY WALKING, NOT OVERDONE FOR THE KIDS,
B887
Isle of Harris
57.995392, -7.090479 GOOGLE.
HORGABOST CAMPSITE AND BEACH - VERY SAFE
NISABOST - MY FAV ON HARRIS, ABIT MORE ADVENTUROUS BUT LIKE ALL BEAUTIFUL.

Day 9. Ferry from Harris to Uig on Skye.
Day 10. Skye to Fort William, hotel for night.
Day 11. Fort William to home.
 
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