Who knew that there were snow gates on the A9? Well I did, but I didn’t know that they were literally… gates that closed when it snowed! We were setting off in the morning, at 4.30am to get to the Calmac ferry to Stornaway from Ullapool. It was snowing and should be a 3 and a half hour drive, if the A9 was open. It is closed. The atmosphere changed, excitement gave way to stress. Would we have to go via Fort William or Aberdeen?? That’s an extra 2 hours either way! What does the forecast say? Where does Google keep snow gate alerts?? No point going to bed then.. I thought. Perhaps it would be best not to open that bottle of Merlot after all.