This morning, we had a prompt departure from our Portree hotel on Skye and then embarked on a trip as follows:

First, a 75 minute drive south to Armadale where we caught the 9.25 am ferry to Mallaig on the mainland.

Ferry from Skye to Mallaig with Knoydart in background

Next, we followed the coast round towards Fort William stopping at Glenfinnan to view/photograph the Glenfinnan Viaduct (aka ‘Harry Potter Bridge’) and Glenfinnan Monument. Latter being positioned at the point where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed in 1745 to begin his Jacobite uprising.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Monument, Scotland

Next, to Fort William where we stopped for refreshments and shopping and then drove round to view the remains of the British military fort after which the town is named. This fort features in the ‘Outlander’ series. Close by is the former entrance arch to the fort which now stands at entrance to the local cemetery.

Fort William and Loch Linnhe, Scotland

Site of former fort at Fort William, Scotland

Entrance Arch, Fort William Cemetery, Scotland

Next, we tracked Fort Linnhe and then drove through scenic Glencoe, stopping for a ‘photo shoot en-route, and then across Ranncoh Moor to Tyndrum where we called in at the Green Welly for refreshments an d shopping.

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Next we drove west, through the Argyll landscape to Connel where we followed the coast round to Dunstaffnage Castle. Here we viewed the exterior and the adjacent waterway with marina.

Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban, Scotland

Dunstaffnage Bay, Oban, Scotland

Next, we drove into Oban to admire the stunning views from McCaig’s Monument and then a drive=past of Dunollie Castle before checking into our harbour front hotel.

Oban Bay/ from McCaig’s Tower

The weather today was incredibly mild and sunny, especially for the time of year.

Tomorrow we travel into central Scotland.

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