Scottish saltire flag at Glenfinnan

Today was characterised by mixed weather with temperature relatively cool.

We departed our lodgings in Fort William and drove to the railway station to view the Jacobite Express Steam Train aka ‘Harry Potter Train’ which was preparing for departure to Mallaig.

Jacobite Express at Fort William

Next, to nearby Ben Nevis Distillery where we joined a tour which explained the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in a sample of the single malt.

Ben Nevis Distillery whisky

Stills at Ben Nevis Distillery

Next to the popular site of Glenfinnan where we again connected with the Jacobite Express which had pulled into the station for ten minutes. Then we access the visitor centre from where we could view the Glenfinnan Viaduct (‘Harry Potter Bridge’) and Glenfinnan Monument at head of Loch Shiel. Latter commemorates the landing place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 in a failed attempt to acquire the thrones of England and Scotland by force.

Glenfinnan Monument

Loch Shiel, Scotland

Next, we continued to Mallaig first taking a diversion to view Scotland’s deepest loch, Loch Morar. On arrival at Mallaig we availed of lunch and then undertook a brief tour of the Arisaig region where we encountered coastal scenery, golf course, deer and a rare breeds sheep.

Loch Morar Scenery

Jacobite Express at Mallaig

Mallaig

CalMac ferries at Mallaig

Deer

Rare Breeds sheep

Next, we caught the ferry to Armadale on Skye and then travelled to our destination of Plockton via the Skye Bridge and another coastal drive.

Plockton Harbour

Tomorrow we tour the Isle of Skye.

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