Day #210 – Are we in Scotland or Cape Breton?

LOCATION:  Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia – in West Central part of Cape Breton
CAMPGROUND:  Whycocomagh Provincial Park. 
WEATHER:  Crisp and  sunny.  High 64

Jenny and I started the day with a nice walk, but our shoes got dripping wet on the grassy trail.  We got in some exercise at least.

Then, off for another drive around the SW coast of Cape Breton.  It is nice to use a place as a base and to make day trips, as we are doing.  First stop was Inverness, a former mining town that now thrives with tourism.  Its main attraction is an exclusive,  beautiful links golf course right on the St. Lawrence Bay.  It is considered one of the top 10 golf courses in North America and is designed to look like a links course in Scotland.

We walked along the boardwalk that parallels the golf course.

It was a bit windy!

Like all seaside towns here, Inverness also has a vibrant lobster industry.  The owner of this lobster processing plant was preparing the cages for winter storage.

Then, to Glenora Distillery outside of town, North America’s only single-malt distillery.  (It is like Scotch, but cannot be called Scotch due to copyright laws- like Champagne can only be called Champagne if grapes are from France).  We went on a tour of the distillery and walked around the beautiful grounds/inn.

Next stop was a brewery, to pick up our last stamp in our Good Cheer Trail passport.  We now have 27 stamps, and hope to get a T-shirt as well as win the grand prize!  The brewery had some good beers, along with a beautiful view of the golf course and sea. 

The highlight of the day was a stop at the Red Shoe Pub/Restaurant.  It is owned by a famous Celtic singer family and  brings people by the busload to listen to their music.  Schools in town teach the children Gaelic. Road signs are in English and Gaelic — all very Scottish! We listened to a fiddler and piano duo

Some ladies in the back room did some Scottish dancing along with the music

After making a big loop, we returned to the campground.  It was my turn for dinner…

DINNER:  Mushroom soup, trying to imitate the recipe we had at the really nice restaurant a few weeks ago.  Flatbread pizzas with chicken chunks, artichoke hearts, onions, and mushrooms on a sauce made with pesto and cream cheese.  Topped with fresh tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes.  They turned out pretty good, and are easy to make. 

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