Yesterday evening we left Queen Victoria, her husband Albert and their ‘team’ settling down to sleep after far from exciting food yesterday. So what did Wednesday, 9th October 1861 bring forth for the Royal couple? Queen Victoria tells us that…
It was a bright morning which was charming. Albert found, on getting up, that Cluny MacPherson, with his piper and two ladies, had arrived quite early in the morning; and, while we were dressing, we heard a drum and fife – and discovered that the newly-formed volunteers had arrived – all indicating that we were discovered. However, there was scarcely any population, and it did not signify. The fat old landlady had put on a black satin dress, with white ribbons and orange flowers!
We had breakfast at a quarter to nine o’clock; at half-past nine we started. Cluny was at the door with his wife and daughters with nosegays, and volunteers were drawn up in front of the inn. They had all assembled since Saturday afternoon.
We drove as we did yesterday. There was fine and very wild scenery, high wild hills, and no habitations.
We’ll leave the pair now as they enjoy the Scottish landscape,