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Aug 2, 2018 - Day 12 - Why There Are No Folk Songs About Scotland’s Roads

We left Skye today, and drove to Ft. William, the town where we will (tomorrow) catch the Jacobite Stream train that takes us over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, over to the western coastal town of Mallaig, and then back to Ft. William. That’s pretty much all we did today was drive. The drive time, along with the weather prevented us from doing much else. Today exposed some of the inherent flaws in the itinerary that I’d drawn up - driving from place to place in Scotland takes up a lot more time than you expect it to, and you’re not always able to...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Scotland - Fort William

This morning we had to be in Fort William by 10am. It is approx 30 minute drive so we decided we would have breaky and leave approx 8.30am. However whilst we were eating breaky the fog became so thick that the ferry stopped running!!!! So by the time we were ready to leave the line up for the ferry was massive and no one knew when it would leave. So I asked Jeremy for an alternative route - and he found me one - but it was about an hours drive. All good still have time - so off we head down the road. The fog was quite thick and the roads...

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Our European/UK Trip

Aug 31, 2015 - The Highlands revisited

Fort William, Scotland We said goodbye to our home for the last 7 days, Suite 16. Although it had served us well, it was time to move on. We had stored our big luggage at the train depot last night so we had only overnight bags to tote with us onto the train headed to the Highlands. As usual, we enjoyed ourselves on the train and made friends with some of the other passengers. Doug was particularly attracted to one young lady sitting across from us. She had a map – a really BIG map! Although other passengers were trying to help us out with...

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European Adventure

Jul 15, 2015 - Day 6: -> Fort William. These boots are no longer made for walking....

So here we are at the end of the Way and our best foot has been set forward for the last time. After yesterday's efforts we had a slightly later start, leaving Kinlochleven a little over 9.30am. After the remote and varied beauty of yesterday it was going to prove difficult to match, and a sharp climb through pine woods was never going to really set the visual heart a flutter. Once we reached the top of the 350m climb the views down over Loch Leven were relatively pretty and then we started heading through U-shaped hanging valleys before...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Inverness to Fort William

What a long day! Left just after 7am. 118km later, got in to our accommodation about 8pm. Had a lovely 10km ride first up along & in the middle of the River Ness. Then 45km on the A82 - some Scottish cyclists we met along the way warned us against using this road. But, we found it fine. Drivers were very courteous and the traffic wasn't heavy. And, as it travels along Loch Ness, it wasn't to be missed. Breakfast was at Drumnadrochit. The home of Loch Ness. Then we rode a couple of kms down the road to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. We spent...

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Sep 25, 2014 - Fort William

Farewell Portree, we head to Fort Augustus, passing Eilean Donan Castle looking so much nicer in a different light, on to Fort Augustus where, unlike when were here 7 weeks ago, it was quiet, no crowds and no boats going through the staircase of locks. Our purpose in returning to Fort William was to climb Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, something we had done in 1978, but something we wished to achieve again, especially seeing Pam and Kevin had recently achieved this only a few weeks ago, in good weather. Unfortunately, this was...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Glasgow to Fort William

We all meet at Queen St where Kevin and Pam have joined the group. The train journey to Fort William is everything we read – beautiful scenery. The only disappointment is a couple of Americans who were occupying our reserved seats, adamant that they were in the right spot despite our names being recorded for the seats. On arrival in Oban, where they left us when the train carriages were separated, it became obvious that they were in the wrong car, but no apologies. On arrival in Fort William we had a short uphill walk with all our luggage...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Fort William

We caught the train from Glasgow to Fort William passing through some beautiful highland scenery. Lovely B&B accommodation and a host with a wicked sense of humour, not to mention his kilt and his long Scottish socks (knitted by his mother). The weather is still warm, and lots of pubs along the (touristy) Main Street. Our walking group of nine are now altogether, Pam and Kevin, Bob and Annie, David and Judith, Tony and us, some of whom have made a pact to have a wee dram of Whisky followed by a wee dram of Drambuie each night, before...

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Jul 8, 2014 - Fort William in the Western Hightlands of Scotland

July 7 I arrived in the rainy, cloudy settlement of Ft. William in the early afternoon and after checking in to the Dalchreggan Guest House (50 pounds a night or $86 US includes breakfast) I walked 3 blocks into town to find dinner. After a glass of flat Prosecco to celebrate my birthday I decided on Indian Tandoori carry-out that I ate in my room watching the movie Guarding Tess. BTW, I subscribe to a US based VPN internet connection. After connecting to a local internet I also connect to this VPN that gives me an extra layer of security...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Highlands of Scotland

From the Kincaid house just north of Glasgow I had to take the bus back into Glasgow to the bus station to catch the bus to Ft. William. This was still easier then taking the train. It was a beautiful and comfortable 3 hour ride to Ft. William. All through the Highlands. I have been surprised that most of the hills that make up the Highlands are not forested. From all the Highland romance novels and other historical books I read about the Highland Clans traveling through, camping in, and fighting in the Highlands I didn't imagine they would...

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May 5, 2014 - Fort William

It was still raining as we left Oban and travelled on north to Fort William. This was just a short drive today and Fort William was the stop-over on our way to the Isle of Skye. I remember travelling this road with Ian and Wendy in November 1976 in an old Thames van – stopping to sleep in the back of the van, washing in the cold stream the next morning and cooking breakfast on a small burner. What luxury now compared to then! Glen Nevis Caravan and Camping Park (PH33 6SX) is a large site in a stunning location, surrounded by munro’s and at...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

We stayed overnight in a B&B. It was a bit sad. The man had lost his wife to cancer some 6 months ago, and is now running the place on his own (his words. his daughter turned up next morning and is obviously doing some of the domestic work.) WE got into conversation as he had lived for a time in Fleet, and that was the address given for Alyssa. He said he doesn't look forward to visitors, as it is stressful, but he needs them otherwise he'd sink into total despondency. (which accounted for the slight feeling of coldness when we arrived!)...

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