Entrance Arch to former fort at Fort William, Scotland

This morning we departed our lodgings in Fort William and walked round to the nearby site of the 18th century British military fort on the banks of Loch Linnhe. The fort buildings have long gone but the foundations exist. There are useful interpretation boards to assist understanding of the site. The former fort entrance arch was relocated to a nearby cemetery which we also visited. This entire site is important to fans of the ‘Outlander’ series.

Site of former military fort at Fort William, Scotland

Next, we drove down nearby Glen Nevis, a rugged valley populated with sheep and Highland Cattle.The landscape was resplendent in the sun with backdrop of snow-capped mountains, including Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest. At the base of the Glen we were able to view some impressive waterfalls.

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis, Scotland

Glen Nevis, Scotland

Glen Nevis, Scotland

Glen Nevis, Scotland

Next, we returned to Fort William where guest joined the train from Fort William to Mallaig which is ranked by some as one of the World’s great train journeys.This trip took about 90 minutes and tracked the spectacular coastline passing through Glenfinnan and over the Glenfinnan Viaduct aka ‘Harry Potter Train’.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Unfortunately, our planned ferry crossing from Mallaig to Skye was cancelled due to extremely low tide. We made the most of this enforced stay by touring the Loch Morar and Arisaig regions via back roads with sheep and cattle free roaming-and providing some useful photo opps.

Bovine road obstacle, Loch Morar, Scotland

Loch Morar, Scotland

Mallaig Harbour, Scotland

We duly arrive at our lodgings at Kyle of Lochalsh about 7.15 pm. Tomorrow we tour the Isle of Skye.

 

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