Saturday, 20 October 2018

Glenfinnan to Eileen Donan, Scotland


From Inchree we drove north through Fort William and then west to Glenfinnan. It was at Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel that Bonnie Prince Charles raised his standard/flag in 1745 to start the Jacobite Rising. Seventy years later this 18m/60ft high monument was built to commemorate this event.

And an awesome viaduct has been built...From Wiki -"Sir Robert McAlpine had the Glenfinnan Viaduct constructed between 1897 and 1898. The structure, which is built entirely out of concrete, has 21 arches with spans of 15 m (49 ft) and reaches a height of 30 m (100 ft) above the valley."

And twice a day during the high season the Jacobite Steam train crosses the viaduct - aka the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express. As a fan of viaducts and steam trains this was a highlight of our trip.

We continued west to Malliag.

Then caught the ferry over the seas to Skye.

We travelled around Skye in 2013 so this time we headed to the Kyle and the mainland.

We went to the small coastal village of Plockton...

We stopped once again at Eileen Donan castle - one of my favourite castles I even have a couple of their calendars which show the castle throughout the seasons. I love it because it's a small castle built on a tiny island at the meeting point of three rivers and has a cute footbridge - the fact that the bridge and the castle were built and rebuilt in the early 1900's just adds to the romance of the story as the castle was originally a Christian monastic cell in the 7th century and the castle was built in the 13th century and destroyed in the Jacobite Rebellion in the 1700's.

Then headed to our accommodation at the Balmacara Old Post Office bed and breakfast.  It was a great day...sigh...this was the view the following morning...

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