Donald Cameron of Lochiel Statue, Fort William, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Fort William and drove south to the Pass of Glencoe then east to connect with Glen Etive.

Pass of Glencoe

River Etive at Glen Etive, Scottish Highlands

Visiting Glen Etive entails a 28 mile round trip scenic drive along a single track road which affords views of mountains, River Etive, waterfalls cascading off the mountains and, ultimately, a connection with Loch Etive at foot of the Glen (valley). In this region scenes from the James Bond film Skyfall were shot.

Glen Etive, Scottish Highlands.

Loch Etive, Scottish Highlands.

Video clips of drive through Glen Etive.

Today’s weather conditions were relatively benign with some intermittent rain which did not detract from the experience.

After returning to the main highway we turned east again and called in at the Glencoe Mountain Resort (ski centre) for a light lunch.

Cottage at Glencoe Mountain Resort

Next, we returned in the direction of Fort William but turned off at Glencoe village for another scenic drive, this time along the banks of Loch Leven to Kinlochleven, a village now focused on tourism but originally constructed to house employees of an aluminium smelter powered by hydro-electricity.

Kinlochleven, Scotland

River Leven at Kinlochleven

Loch Leven, Scottish Highlands

Finally, we returned to Fort William mid-afternoon to allow guests more free time.

Fort William viewed from site of former military fort.

Tomorrow, we depart for Glasgow via the Trossachs.

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