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Scottish Ski Areas in the Summer

By on July 27, 2006 in Scotland

OK, so what is a skier to do in the summer when they can’t go skiing? Well, visit the Scottish Ski areas of course!

Day one….

A bad start – this morning I picked up a hire car in Glasgow.

I had a tough time finding a hire service to use as most of the big ones, at least in the city centre, seemed unwilling to allow a car to be returned around 5 pm on a Saturday afternoon.  This was a bit of a problem.  I finally booked with Alamo.

On arriving at Alamo this morning I was asked for a hire voucher (apparently if you book online you get a voucher that has to be printed and handed to the hire firm).  I had no voucher.  Apparently, it was sent to me by email.  It either never arrived or my over-protective spam filter jumped on it.  Even if it had arrived I would have had a problem because I was supposed to present a printed copy.  When I travel people comment on the amount of technology I pack (camera + charger, computer, iPod, GPS, EyeTV box (very useful in hotels with limited TV channels), iPod speakers, phone + charger, spare wireless hub (long story, but surprisingly useful in hotel rooms with wired internet) and if skiing two two-way radios + charger), but I have never yet packed a printer!

Considering I had not booked the cheapest car I was surprised to find it was a VW Golf and how bad it was.  Talk about a tin can on wheels.  It had done only 700 miles and seemed to be powered by a lawn mower engine and was uncomfortable to drive.  Luckily the radio didn’t work and this provided an excuse to take it back (I need music when I drive).

The VW was replaced with a Vauxhall Corsa,  which was a much nicer car to drive and had a radio that worked.

All the mucking about with cars meant I was late leaving Glasgow.  On the plus side it meant that I arrived at The Drovers Inn (Inverarnan, top of Loch Lommond) at lunch time and so I could stop for a beer and a cheese and onion toastie…..

The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan, Scotland

The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan, Scotland

 

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