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behind the Wheel a few pointers for navigating scottish roads One-track rOads When two cars approach, the one nearest to a pull- out lane stops there to wait for the other to pass. speed cameras Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, home to more than 8,000 objects West Highland Way, a 154-kilometre walking path stretching from Glasgow to Fort Williams. From there, we blaze a trail to the quaint lakeside village of Inveraray. Its namesake castle is the seat of Clan Campbell, one of Scotland’s most historic and powerful Highland clans. After a tour of the turreted 1789 structure, we pop into the Old Inveraray Jail, a 19th-century courthouse and prison. After a brief stay “behind bars,” we make our escape and set off for the the next leg of our journey toward the Isle of Skye. Glencoe Valley & Isle of Skye A drive through the spectacular Glencoe Valley is a painter’s dream, with its babbling brooks cas-cading down mountainsides and sheep grazing in the distance. Along the way, we stop to check out a herd of bemused Highland cows, which stare at our giggling kids, aged seven and eight, from under their shaggy bangs. It starts to rain as we set up our tent in Glen Nevis, so we seek shelter in a restaurant in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. I’m the only one brave enough to order haggis with neeps and tatties (turnip and potatoes). The meal is delicious, especially when paired with a dram of Macallan Scotch whisky; it sustains me through a long, wet night, as our tent and gear get soaked. The next day, we stop to pay respects at the site of 1719’s Battle of Glen Shiel, where Jacobite forces unsuccessfully challenged British troops. The previous night’s rain has swelled area streams, so I lean down, cup my hands and take a big sip. It’s delicious and makes me » slowing down doesn’t fool them, as they don’t measure your speed when you pass it; they time your arrival at the next one and do the math. car insurance most policies cover rental cars in canada, but not in the u.K. budget for higher daily rates. rOad signs gaelic is tricky, so when someone gives you directions, ask them to spell it out. Inverness, for example, is spelled “Inbhir nis” on signs. idp Though it’s not legally mandated, consider an international driver’s permit. most car-rental agencies require it and caa is the only place in canada to get one. Visit a caa store to apply. CAA MANITOBA FAll 2018 41