I have to say, the weather here in Scotland is indeed unpredictable, although having lived here for 7 years now, I’m acclimated to it. I’m accustomed to experience the four seasons within a 24 hours period, it seemed normal here I guess. It’s very peculiar, isn’t it? However, last Saturday was truly sunny for a change, I mean really bright and dry although with a little cold breeze but that didn’t bother me at all, as long as the sun was out and shining, that’s what you all need to have a lovely day out..
We were a bit on the loose end that day, so my husband suggested about going out for a drive. I absolutely said yes! I would never refuse such a thing as it kept my eyes peeled with the beautiful scenery and views along the way. As soon as everyone was ready, we then hit the road heading west with no destination in mind whatsoever, just went with the flow of the road.
After 2 hours of travelling, we were already feeling peckish so we stopped by at the first restaurant we saw and that was the Public Bar and Restaurant at Crianlarich Hotel which was located in the centre of Crianlarich in Perthshire. There we had our wee lunch. Me and my husband ordered fish and chips while the kiddies got a stone-baked pizza, which was superb. Here’s a photo of the two kiddies nosing around the indoor plants and preserved animals in their spacious seating restaurant, while waiting for our lunch to be served.
After filling up our bellies, we head on further… until we had seen the sign board that said Cruachan, The Hollow Mountain which really got our attention. Although my husband knew about the place already but he hasn’t been there either, so we pulled over. We initially had a wee wander around their picnic area.
Then we stared in awe at the Loch Awe as it was amazingly awesome!
Cruachan – The Hollow Mountain, was officially opened in 1965. This working power station was known as the brainchild of Scottish Engineer, Sir Edward McColl and was the first to be built of its type. Similar hydro schemes can now be found worldwide after fifty years on.
Exploring at the exhibits just spurred our interest to see more of what’s inside the hollow mountain. They offer a bus tour too. Guided Tours costs; Adults – £7, Senior Citizens and Students – £6, Children (6-16) – £2.50, Children under 6 is Free.
Unfortunately, cameras were not allowed in so I didn’t manage to get photos during the tour. We were advised to leave our personal belongings to the lockers provided before jumping on to the bus.
The guided bus tour then travelled deep inside the mountain along the massive tunnel which cut through solid rocks. When we arrived at the end of the tunnel, we went down the bus and we head towards their viewing gallery, where we saw a huge cavern which measured as high as the Tower of London. At this point, the guide explained how Cruachan Power Station worked, through combining massive turbines with water from the dam which is situated on one of the highest mountain in Argyll which is Ben Cruachan and this then supplies electricity into every people’s home.
I must admit, it was so fascinating to discover all these things hidden secretly under a mountain. It certainly was a remarkable invention. On top of that, I was also mesmerized how plants grow underneath the hollow mountain with light bulbs as their only source of light. What a totally brilliant idea!
Have you tried visiting a Power Station yet?
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