28.05.2007 -17 °C
(Just to finish our Minard Castle experience).
We booked our Minard Castle B&B in St Andrews, and arrived approx 6`ish on the 23rd after a long drive from Drumnadrochit.
The (unfortified castle) was situated on Loch Fyne approx a mile from the main road. Entry was via a forrest, which neighbouring trees were being harvested by the forrestry dept. The castle was extremely impressive and everything that we had wished for. We were greeted at the front door and ushered into the main hall which was fully decorated and adorned with deer heads from hunting trips of years past. Our room was at the top of an ancient (creaky) staircase, and we were watched all the way by the eyes contained on many large portraits which adorned the walls.
Our room was of a high quality, and we were also informed that we had exclusive use of the large drawing room. The house manager also informed that although we were not the only ones staying, we would probably not see anyone else until morning. They also advised that the rather "large" front doors would be locked and alarmed at 11pm.
We decided to walk down to the "Loch" via rather saturated ground, then took to walking through the gardens. Along the way we met the gardner, who gave us some background on the property and its current owners. There were a few donkeys and a horse "elvis" in one paddock, and many batum? hens running free.
We travelled into "Furnace" and ate at the local hotel. It was what I had been looking for all of our trip, an open wood fire, and a local meal washed down with rose`(the wife) and guiness for mine.
We drove back, watched the soccer on TV in the drawing room, then retired.
No Ghosts, but we were awoken about 11-15, by the sound of a bell constantly being rung. It went on and on, I thought of assisting, but did not know where the key was, plus it was alarmed.
Finally I went downstairs and spoke through the door to find that two elderly Americans who were staying a few nights had been locked out. They were not happy chaps, let me tell you, and I dont blame them as they would have spent a good hour trying to get some attention. I finally made contact with the manager, and he let them in. ( Lesson- dont stay out late if you are sleeping in a castle).
We had a very enjoyable breakfast overlooking the front gardens and Loch, then headed off for Straraen.