1. Small boys exert a strange magnetic field . If you took one to the north pole, he would find another small boy to play with.
2. It's kind of cute when your restaurant waiter tells you that the other small boy is his brother and asks if yours will be out to play again later.
3. The sight of children running down a path to the beach can render adults in the dining room misty eyed.
4. Highland cattle are rather appealing.
5. Comfy hotel beds render your child's chances of sleeping in his own bed again minimal to say the least.
6. Local produce also renders your chances of feeding your child supermarket sausages without complaint even more minimal.
7. A tidal rock pool can be the source of hours of fascination.
8. Southern small boys find the thought of a land without KFC bizarre and horrifying.
9. When planning for hours of exploration, allow for the fact that the Highlands are steep, and that sheep need fences.
10. When planning a trip to a fish farm for book research purposes, just look out of the window. One may be closer than you think.
11. It is an unwritten law of the universe that if you are in a hotel somewhere with no light pollution and there is a telescope in the living room, the nights will be cloudy.
12. When you pack to go home, expect to find every pair of clean underpants your son brought, unworn.
Loch Melfort: lovely place and friendly people who were completely charming to writers with galloping morning sickness and small sons in tow. The Boy is desperate to go back again.