Mountain Biker descending Aonoch Mor, Scottish Highlands

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Broadford, Isle of Skye and drove for 30 mins to Armadale where we connected with the 9.20 am ferry to Mallaig on the Scottish mainland.

On arrival at Mallaig we followed the only road out to Glenfinnan where we duly arrived at 10.45 am, just in time to watch the Jacobite Express Steam Train ( aka Harry Potter train) as it trundled over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, itself an important example of railway engineering from the early 1900s.

Jacobite Express crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

At Glenfinnan we also took the opportunity to Visit the Glenfinnan Monument ( erected to mark the location of landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745) and Loch Shiel.

Loch Shiel, Scotland

Red Deer at Glenfinnan, Scotland

Next, we followed the road to Fort William with local mountainous scenery enhanced by waterfalls streaming off as a function of heavy rainfall.

Road to the Isles Scenery, Scotland

Next to Aonoch Moor, north of Fort William.  Here we rode up on a mountain gondola to a height of 2132 feet. By this time the rain had eased thus providing opportunity for photography.Our arrival coincided with the Scottish Downhill Mountain Bike Championship, an event which provided more photo opportunities.

Fort William and Loch Linnhe from Aonoch Mor, Scotland

View from Mountain Gondola, Aonoch Mor, Scotland

After lunch at a restaurant on the mountain we descended via gondola and then drove down Glen Nevis, a valley which is accessed from Fort William. We stopped at the Lower Falls which was in full flow after heavy rain and then drove a few miles further to end of the Glen where we photographed more waterfalls and scenery.

Video clip of Loch Linnhe

Loch Linnhe, Scotland

Video clip of Lower Falls

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis, Scotland

Video clip of falls at end of Glen Nevis

Falls at end of Glen Nevis, Scotland

We returned through the Glen to Fort William and then followed the road alongside Loch Linnhe until the turn off for Kinlochleven. From here we followed the B863 around the banks of Loch Leven, with more photo opportunities in the spectacular landscape.This road brought us to Glencoe from where we returned to Fort William and then checked into our lodgings for the night.

Loch Leven, Scotland

Loch Leven, Scotland

Tomorrow, we travel down to Edinburgh via Loch Lomond.

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