Hills, Lochs and Steam Trains
We were delighted to have a short holiday in the north of Scotland this month after staying at home so long.
First we drove to Fort William via the Trossachs and Glencoe, past some magnificent hills, mountains and lochs. After an overnight, we took our first class seats on the famous Jacobite West Highland Railway for the leisurely steam journey to the fishing port of Mallaig.
Although we were not allowed to put our head out of the windows, I tried to catch a shot of the Glenfinnan Viaduct through the glass - made even more famous by the Harry Potter films. The journey out included a 20 minute stop at Glenfinnan station where we were treated to the sound of bagpipes and a charming Highland fling from a little girl.
Once in Mallaig, there was plenty of time to seek out a delicious fish and chip lunch, sitting outside in the flower-filled café gardens. On the return journey to Fort William, we were once again served at our seats with tea or coffee and a little shortbread biscuit. As we neared the end of the journey, I looked out for Neptune's Staircase, the amazing seven locks over the Caledonian Canal built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s.
We then drove through the Highlands to Oban for a couple of nights. It was great to be beside the sea and harbour with lots of little eating places where we were able to sit outside. We even walked all the way up to the McCaig Tower, high above the town and were rewarded with stunning views across to the islands of Kerera and Mull.
It may only have been less than a week but it was great to get away and explore some of our own beautiful scenery. It also helped refill my depleted well of creativity!