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This morning, we departed our lodgings in Broadford, Skye and drove down to Armadale to catch the 9.20 am ferry to Mallaig on the Scottish mainland. On arrival at Mallaig we proceeded as follows:

Arriving at Mallaig

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  • First stop at Glenfinnan which is famous on three accounts: (1) Landing place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 (2) Site of world’s first concrete bridge (3) The same concrete bridge is better known as the Glenfinnan Viaduct or ‘Harry Potter’ Bridge over which trundles the Jacobite Express aka ‘Harry Potter Train’.

Glenfinnan Monument

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Jacobite Express at Glenfinnan

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  • Next, on to Fort William and then down Glen Nevis to visit Lower Falls

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis

  • Next lunch at Fort William and shopping.
  • Next, down to Glencoe along the bank of Loch Linnhe and a photo-stop.

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  • Next. across the remote Rannoch Moor and on down to Loch Lomond where we stopped at the heritage village of Luss to view the loch and visit the historic church which has a Viking era grave-marker in the burial ground.

Rannoch Moor

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Luss Church

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Loch Lomond at Luss

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  • Next, on south to the coastal town of Troon, Ayrshire where we checked into our lodgings and then dined out at a restaurant at the local marina which offered a combination of good views and good food.

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Tomorrow, we catch the ferry to Ireland.

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