Sunset over Loch Allort, Scotland

Sunset over Loch Allort, Scotland

This morning, I collected tour guest from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and then drove west through Glasgow and on to Luss on Loch Lomond. Here we stopped for refreshment and visited:

  • The quaint heritage village.
  • Luss Church, situated on an ancient Christian site and featuring a Viking era ‘hogback’ grave-marker in the burial ground.
  • Views of Loch Lomond from the bank and pier, including a snow-capped Ben Lomond.

Loch Lomond at Luss

Loch Lomond at Luss

Luss Church, Scotland

Luss Church, Scotland

Here is a video clip of Luss and Loch Lomond.

Next, we drove north, first tracking Loch Lomond and then on through Crianlarich and Tyndrum to Rannoch Moor which comprises a desolate and rugged landscape moulded by the last ice age which ended 10,000 years ago. Combination of sunshine and snow covered mountains provided some excellent photo opps. Here is avideo clip of Rannoch Moor:

Rannoch Moor in Winter

Rannoch Moor in Winter

Next to Glencoe with its mountains and related scenery. We stopped for pics and then drove into the small village which has a memorial to the victims of the famous (infamous?) massacre of 1692 where the local MacDonald community suffered at hands of a British military unit comprised of Campbells.

Glencoe Scenery, Scotland

Glencoe Scenery, Scotland

Next, on towards Fort William via Loch Linnhe and then west to Glenfinnan, a scenic spot famous for:

  • The landing spot of Bonnie Prince Charlie in his failed attempt to win the crowns of England and Scotland by force.
  • The Glenfinnan Viaduct or ‘Harry Potter Bridge’. This is the world’s first bridge constructed from concrete and over which trundles (in summer) the steam powered  Jacobite Express which was used as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter films.
Loch Shiel, Scotland at Sunset

Loch Shiel, Scotland at Sunset

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

 Next we continued along the road to Mallaig stopping en-route to admire the views and photograph the local scenery resplendent in a vibrant sunset.

Loch Allort at Sunset, Scotland

Loch Allort at Sunset, Scotland

Sunset, West of Scotland

Sunset, West of Scotland

 

We finally arrived Mallaig about 4.00pm and later had dinner at a good seafood restaurant in the village. Tomorrow we have an early start to catch the ferry to Armadale and then a tour of the Isle of Skye. Fingers crossed that tomorrow’s forecast of dry, sunny weather is accurate as Skye can be stunning in the sunshine.

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