Monday 6th June, 2005

Monday 6th June, 2005

Drop Cap nother glorious day from the off! The midges enjoyed it too. Aerogard doesn't seem to deter them much, I found one crawling over the application roller.

Fort William environs photograph

View from our lunch stop, near Fort William

Busking Bagpiper photograph

Welcome to Scotland

Drop Cap nyway, we left lovely Lochinver and drove through heartlifting scenery of mountains and lochs, down the Wester Ross Coastal Road. Via a lovely isolated inn for lunch with a lovely view, and a busking bagpiper in full fig of kilt and all in a beautiful viewpoint, to Fort William.

Drop Cap e arrived at about 14:45, too early for the B & B, so we parked in a Pay and Display while Geoff and Mac went off to look for a replacement camera. To his satisfaction they found a camera shop which sold Sony digitals and he bought himself a little (about one third the size of his other one) camera which takes the same memory sticks. About 179 pounds, a lot cheaper than his old one.

Fort William photograph

Fort William under Ben Nevis

Drop Cap fter having afternoon tea in Fort William we went to the B & B. The B & B, Glenfer, is in a road overshadowed by Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. It and its attendant peaks still had patches of snow on the top. I don't know if it is left over from winter or a recent storm. We keep being told of the shocking storm two weeks ago which brought snow and hail in the north.

We have a "family" room, a double and two single beds, fairly small but a good bathroom, light and bright in blue and yellow.

Glenfinnan photograph

Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie at Glenfinnan

Drop Cap hen we had checked in we went off again for a jaunt to Glenfinnan, where we saw the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie at the head of the glen where he first raised his standard back in 1745. We also got a glimpse of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (which Harry Potter and Ron Weasley flew over in the blue Ford Anglia) but were unable to get a good close look. I guess you need a flying car?

Corpach Sea Locks photograph

Corpach Sea Locks, at the bottom of Neptune's Staircase

Drop Cap e came back via Corpach, where we stopped in to see the end of the Caledonian Canal. The Corpach sealocks are at the foot of Neptune's Staircase locks. We will not be able to bring a boat this far as it opens on the sea, eventually. We have to turnaround at Banavie, on the other side of Fort William.

Drop Cap hen we had dinner at a pleasant Italian place and back to watch "New Tricks". I love that show.

Tomorrow, to Mull.

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