This morning, we departed our lodgings in Fort William and drove west for about 15 miles to Glenfinnan.prime purpose if the visit was to watch the Jacobite Express ( aka ‘Harry Potter Train’) traversing the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The train duly arrived at 10.45 am on schedule. Other important aspects of Glenfinnan:
- This was where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed with a small group of supporters from a boast on Loch Shiel to raise his standard and embark on an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to take control of the thrones of England and Scotland by force. The endeavour came to an end at Culloden in 1746 when the Prince’s Jacobite army was defeated by a British ‘redcoat’ army under General Cumberland.
- The Viaduct was the world’s first bridge constructed solely of concrete. When built in 1897-8 concrete was a revolutionary new product.
Video clip of Jacobite Express crossing Glenfinnan viaduct.
Next, we drove back to Fort William and then south, tracking Loch Linnhe to the scenic landscape of Glencoe. At Glencoe we stopped for lunch at the Clachaig Inn which is an isolated spot. Close to here occurred a massacre on Feb 12th 1692 when a contingent of British Army troops comprised of Campbells massacred a local community of Clan MacDonald resulting, ultimately, in around 90 deaths.
Next, we Connected with the A828 and drove south tracking the banks of Loch Linnhe and Loch Creran through Connell to our destination of Oban where we duly arrived about 3.00pm. On arrival at Oban we first visited McCaig’s Monument a folly from the 19th century the design of which is based on the Colosseum in Rome. This structure sits high above Oban Harbour and this offers excellent views of the town and surroundings.At this stage the weather began to deteriorate into persistent rain. We then undertook a brief driving tour around Oban culminating in drop-off at a Guest House where the three-day tour finished as planned.