Today, started damp/wet in Fort William with weather pattern remaining that way for much of the day. However, this did not curtail our touring activities and enjoyment thereof.

First stop was Fort William rail station to see and photograph the ‘Harry Potter’ Jacobite Steam Train as it built up steam thereby providing good video and still pics.

Harry Potter Train

Next we moved on to Aonich Mor Chair Lift for a 15 min ride up to 2000 feet. View was partly obscured by cloud and mist but we were able to witness the expert mountain bikers navigating down the very steep world class biking route. A great experience which I will recommend to other guests.

Onward south for a brief drive through of Glencoe Village, site of famous massacre in 1692 which underscores friction between MacDonalds and Campbells to this day. The National Trust Visitor Centre was full to overflowing (unprecedented in my experience) so we continued south across Rannoch Moor down to the Trossachs and Loch Lomond to Paisley. Here we had to attend to a vital tour priority, namely laundry at a launderette.

For the final part of the day we drove from Paisley through rolling Ayrshire countryside to Troon in preparation for our evening ferry trip to Larne in Northern Ireland. As I write this we are waiting in line to board the ferry departing 8.20pm. Weather conditions have improved and rain eased off. Looking forward to our Ireland tour commencing tomorrow.
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