• KerrSpectives - Scottish Highland Memories

    KERRSPECTIVES - Scottish Highland Memories

    With Kenneth J Kerr

    Kerrspectives

    Introduction

    I've been meaning to write this article for more than three months. Originally it was going to come out in conjunction with the release of UK2000's EGPE Inverness airport, and I appreciated greatly getting a review copy of that product. Then, I wrote an initial draft, only to see that the UK update for MSFS was supposedly imminent, so I scrapped the draft and waited and waited and waited. Well, at last, the UK update has arrived, and it's time for another KerrSpective, as I reminisce about Highland Memories, and give an unashamed push for UK2000 in the process.

    I first experienced the Highlands of Scotland as a teenager, when our family started taking annual vacations at Fort Augustus, on the south point of Loch Ness. Coming from a steel town in the English midlands, the Highlands represented a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. I fell in love with the lochs, glens, and silver seas, and so did my folks. As a result, we relocated from Corby, Northants, up to Fort Augustus in 1979. The Highlands were no longer a vacation spot, they were now home.

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    I lived at Fort Augustus for about a year and a half before moving south again for career purposes. But, three years later, I was back again. I bought a house in Inverness, on the east side of the city, at Culloden. And bonus, I was under the approach to EGPE, Inverness Dalcross Airport. I remained there until emigrating to Canada in 1988, and you can read about that in my previous KerrSpective on Brampton-Caledon Airport near Toronto.

    I have now been away from the Highlands for 33 years. Once again I wonder where the time went. And so, as with the previous article, I am re-living old experiences and revisiting old haunts with MSFS. So just how good a job does Asobo do here? And did the update make it better? Let's find out in this mixture of memory, hangar talk, and review.


    10 Comments
    1. clankilp's Avatar
      clankilp -
      good read - thanks!
    1. AlyMac's Avatar
      AlyMac -
      Thanks fur sharin' auld pal ;-)
    1. Leo112's Avatar
      Leo112 -
      Good read, any word on what ever happened to the monster in Loch Ness.
    1. BarryDon's Avatar
      BarryDon -
      Great read. Lovely part of the world.
    1. Robert1936's Avatar
      Robert1936 -
      Also know the area - but Inverness airport meant a diversion : foul weather, two go-arounds at Aberdeen in a Viscount, and then a bumpy landing at Inverness followed by a long coach trip in mist and rain, invariably at night. Did it twice I think (plus an even worse diversion to Glasgow and an even longer coach trip). I loved the Viscount - but hated the diversions.
      Robert
    1. KennethKerr's Avatar
      KennethKerr -
      Quote Originally Posted by clankilp View Post
      good read - thanks!
      Sorry I took so long to respond. Thanks for your comment. - Kenneth
    1. KennethKerr's Avatar
      KennethKerr -
      Quote Originally Posted by AlyMac View Post
      Thanks fur sharin' auld pal ;-)
      S'awright Jimmy.. There's mair whaur that yin came frae (Say's he pulling out an old copy of "Oor Wullie" from the 80's!)
    1. KennethKerr's Avatar
      KennethKerr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Leo112 View Post
      Good read, any word on what ever happened to the monster in Loch Ness.
      Thanks. Yes, I wonder what happened to Nessie? In an earlier draft of this article, I mentioned my one and only sighting of the beastie. That was way back in 1977, and I only caught a glimpse of it, but it was a very good glimpse! Perhaps it is better that the mystery remain so, it is somehow more alluring.
    1. KennethKerr's Avatar
      KennethKerr -
      Quote Originally Posted by BarryDon View Post
      Great read. Lovely part of the world.
      Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.
    1. KennethKerr's Avatar
      KennethKerr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Robert1936 View Post
      Also know the area - but Inverness airport meant a diversion : foul weather, two go-arounds at Aberdeen in a Viscount, and then a bumpy landing at Inverness followed by a long coach trip in mist and rain, invariably at night. Did it twice I think (plus an even worse diversion to Glasgow and an even longer coach trip). I loved the Viscount - but hated the diversions.
      Robert
      I flew in a Viscount from Glasgow to East Midlands once. Was a great view out those big oval windows! Sounded amazing too.
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