This morning, we departed our lodgings on Skye and embarked on a trip to Glasgow as follows:

First, transfer down from Kyleakin to Armadale where we connected with the 10.40 am ferry departure to Mallaig arriving about 30 minutes later.

View from lodgings at Kyleakin

Moorings at Armadale, Skye.

Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig

Next to Glenfinnan where the two key attractions are (i) the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct (aka ‘Harry Potter Bridge’) and (ii) the landing-place of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 at commencement of his ultimately doomed attempt to wrest the thrones of England and Scotland by military force.  Most visitors are unaware that the viaduct represents the world’s first such structure built entirely of concrete.

Loch Shiel at Glenfinnan.

Glenfinnan Monument.

Glenfinnan Viaduct (library picture)

Video clip of section of journey to Glenfinnan.

Next, on through Fort William and then down the east side of Loch Linnhe to our next stop, at Glencoe. the latter is famous for its rugged, mountainous scenery and location of infamous massacre in 1692 when a British military force comprised of Campbells engaged in the slaughter of members of the local MacDonald clan, an action which may, ultimately, have led to the deaths of over ninety persons.

We had lunch at the Glencoe Visitor Centre and then drove through the current village (with examples of old dwellings) over the River Coe and then  to the Clachaig Inn where there is excellent scenery plus a sign over the reception desk which bans hawkers (salesmen) and Campbells.

Campbells not welcome at Clachaig Inn

View from Glencoe Visitor Centre

Scenery at Clachaig Inn.

Next, we continued south through more Glencoe scenery, across Rannoch Moor and then progressively down in altitude to Loch Lomond and our final destination of Glasgow Airport where guests checked in at their hotel in readiness for their departure tomorrow morning.