Inverness, Inverurie, and Aberdeen
After a day of heavy drinking in London, and a nightcap on the train, I fell asleep—or did I pass out?—immediately when I put my head down. I even forgot to take out my contact lenses, or set my alarm, so when I woke up, I was already late for breakfast! Luckily not too late, and mere minutes after getting up, I was enjoying a Highland breakfast and tea.
The Caledonian Sleeper arrived ten minutes early in Inverness, leaving me with a little less time than planned… In the rush, I couldn’t find my toiletry bag until the very last minute—it was on my bed—leaving me with a rather peculiar hairdo for the rest of the day.
After I alighted in Inverness, I had some time to kill before the first bus to Culloden Battlefield would leave, so I first had a coffee at Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop. The bus then dropped me off right in front of the visitor centre and museum. As a fresh National Trust for Scotland member, I had free access to the exhibition.
After that, I walked upon the battlefield itself. It was a chilling experience to stand on the exact spot where the MacLarens must have stood in 1746, in line with many other Jacobites, just seconds before advancing to the enemy, and for many of them, towards their death…
I also learned that the perfect amount of social distancing is two Scottish broadswords long, of four targes. I think people would actually keep their distance much better if everyone was still wearing broadswords!
Back in Inverness, I had a pizza for lunch at the Black Isle Bar, where they of course also served beer from their brewery on the other side of the firth. Before getting to the train station, I had to little walk through town, and quickly visited Leakey’s Bookshop. After all, since handing over a six pack of 75cl bottles, and a couple of cans and small bottles in London, I had plenty of room in my bag for books!
After this little excursion, it was time for the first Scottish BrewDog bar of this trip, and my first stamp towards the Flying Scotsman reward: BrewDog Inverurie! I was still a bit rough from the day before, so I just had one beer there, and a whole lot of water. The staff was great, though, and the Fisher graffitis awesome as usual!
My last train of the day brought me to Aberdeen, my home for the next two nights. I checked into Travelodge Aberdeen to get settled, and to check out my obligatory day 2 Corona test kit. It looks like I’ll get to play doctor on Sunday!
All settled, freshened up, and hairs finally combed, I then headed to BrewDog Castlegate for dinner. I didn’t account for the Saturday night crowds, however, and had to wait outside for a bit. I didn’t have to wait for long though, and I only just had the first sip from my second beer, when the lovely staff told me they found me a table! It then didn’t take long before I was tucking into a Korean fried chicken burger, this month’s special.
My final stop of the evening was at the OG BrewDog bar, BrewDog Aberdeen. Here The BrewDog Podcast’s Rob left me a bottle of MMXXX I won in a prize draw a couple of months ago. Thanks for that, Rob, and we’ll surely meet in person another time!