Monday, 3 October 2011

Over to Orkney

We stayed at the Ramada Jarvis, Inverness. It had the advantaged of being right on the river and the view from our room was stunning. When we returned there after visiting Loch Ness and Urguhart Castle we found, at 5.00 p.m, it had not been made up. I complained to the Duty Manager who didn’t seem very concerned. She offered to arrange for it to be made up then but as Ann and I wanted a rest until dinner I declined. It was obvious that the girl who was doing the rooms in the morning had forgotten ours. The hotel despite it’s star rating was tired; in our room the carpet was stained; the food at breakfast on the first day was poor but on our second day it was better.

After a free morning we left the hotel in the afternoon for the drive to John O’Groats and then to catch the ferry to Orkney where we arrived in the evening for a two night stay at the Kirkwell Hotel. We had a splendid dinner on the ferry which was rather a surprise as our experience of eating on some of the cross channel ferries has not been great.The hotel was very old fashioned which we both thought was rather pleasant. The food and the rooms were fine and the staff helpful.

to be continued

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