This morning, I collected guests from central Edinburgh and embarked on a tour as follows:
First, drive west for 90 mins to our first stop at Luss, Loch Lomond. Here we saw quaint, historic houses, Loch Lomond (lake) and Ben Lomond (mountain) resplendent in morning sunshine, a talented young piper, a wedding party, Viking era ‘hogback’ burial at Luss Church, and duck with ducklings on local river.
Luss Beach, Loch Lomond.
Duck and ducklings on Luss Water.
Piper at Luss Pier, Loch Lomond.
Next, we drove north, tracking Loch Lomond, through Tyndrum and across Rannoch Moor to Glencoe. En-route we encountered another piper and scenic Highlands views. We stopped at Glencoe Visitor Centre for lunch and then continued north along the side of Loch Linnhe through Fort William to our next stop of Aonach Mor.
Piper at Loch Tulla, Scotland
Glencoe scenery, Scotland
At Aonoch Mor we took a ride up on the Mountain Gondola to a height of 650m in the midst of some of the world’s most beautiful and ancient landscapes.
View from Aonach Mor
Mountain Biking at Aonach Mor
Mountain Gondolas at Aonach Mor
After the Aonach Mor trip we drove west towards Mallaig stopping to visit Glenfinnan and Loch Eilt en-route.
Loch Shiel, Scotland
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
Loch Eilt, Scotland
On arrival at the ferry/fishing port of Mallaig we checked into our lodgings in readiness for tomorrow’s crossing to Armadale, Skye.
This evening, I am posting information on the popular village of Birnam in central Scotland. Here can be found:
A stretch of the River Tay along the banks of which is a walking traik.
The Birnam Oak and its neighbour the Birnam Sycamore both of which are located close to the River Tay. These are thought to the sole surviving trees of the great forest that once straddled the banks and hillsides of the River Tay. This forest is celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the famous Birnam Wood.
The Beatrix Potter Garden.This is named after the famous childrens’ author who gained inspiration for her stories when visiting the area on holiday with her parents. She also undertook research on fungi (mushrooms) in the area.