Greg McHugh: Why Achmore loves him in Wester Ross Ross

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GREG MCHUGH, ACTOR AND WRITER.

Where is it located.

Achmore in Wester Ross.

Why do you go there?

To visit relatives, to go for a walk, to take a break, to be somewhere where there’s no cell phone reception, a place where my young children can run free. It’s the place where I got married, it’s the place I associate with reggae music and it’s really a place like no other.

How often do you go?

Before the corona virus, at least once a year … But that was too long ago.

How did you discover it?

My wife took me there when we first started dating. I was “quizzed” a bit by some very caring relatives about my intentions toward Katie – fortunately I left the village alive.

What is your fondest memory of your time there?

It has to be our wedding day, which we celebrated in the field in the village. The best gathering of people from literally all walks of life, in a small village with no cell phone reception.

People actually had to talk to each other, without distractions from phones. The ceilidh went on until about 5am. It was a phenomenal day.

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Oh, and Uncle Tony’s 60th birthday at Achmore Hall was a scene of such brilliant chaos that I could never describe it.

Who are you taking with you?

I’m taken by my wife and children.

Actor and writer Greg McHugh. Photo by Kirsty Anderson/ & Times

What do you take with you?

Waterproof clothing. Sweaters, T-shirts, shorts, sunscreen, scarves, gloves. And in the winter, you leave the sunscreen. There is an amazingly special microclimate. You really never know what the weather will bring. Pretty tricky to pack for that.

What do you leave behind when you leave?

Mostly essential clothes for the kids, a lot of empty wine bottles (and the odd whiskey bottle). A mess for my in-laws Helen and Tony to clean up, but also a lot of fond memories.

Most importantly, we leave behind the best tap water in the world. I live in England and my goodness, you miss being able to drink the tap water.

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Sum it up in five words.

Community. Freedom. Seclusion. Escapism. Laughter.

What destination is on your post-lockdown wish list?

Barcelona. One of the best cities in the world. Hotel 1884, one day we’ll return.

Greg McHugh returns for the second season of the cycling drama “Saddled,” beginning Monday at 1:30 p.m. on BBC Radio Scotland.

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