Thursday, July 26, 2007
Holidayin' in the Highlands :: Days 2 & 3
When we were up in Fort William we took the opportunity to pop into the Salvation Army there for morning worship. We were blessed to witness a dedication while we were there.
Sunday was a glorious day... with a tremendous view of Ben Nevis from the lodge. It was great to see the hill without its usual low cloud.
We headed to Glen Finnan - the place reported to be where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard, at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Loch Shiel was beautiful in the sun... and we sat at her edge while we ate some lunch. Truly awesome. Olly and I couldn't stop taking pictures of the view.
To be honest, though, we weren't there because of the pretty Prince (not the one formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince) but there to see the Hogwart's Express cross the Glen Finnan Viaduct. Impressive sight from the vantage point that we had. Couldn't justify the £100 or so we would have been charged for the trip on the train... so this was the next best thing. We could have got nearer but the vantage point worked. Impressive sound too. The chug of the train breaking the stillness of the day. Lovely.
Later on we had some good food in a local hotel - I had the best haggis, neeps & tatties - and then took a wander down at Glen Nevis. Again, beautiful.
On the Monday we experienced terrible rain storms. The news had predicted the weather so it wasn't a surprise. We planned to travel up to Inverness for the day... and hoped to see some of Loch Ness while we drove the 140-something mile round trip.
To be honest... the shops there were disappointing. We were looking for unusual independents, family-run boutiques and well stocked charity shops... and we got the usual mix of national and international chains. One of which, Starbucks, was a pleasure to spend some time in... out of the rain.
Picked up a few wee goodies... such as a pair of DC Shoe & a Manhattan Portage bag (more detail later)... while we were there (Thank goodness for TKMaxx!).
Didn't really get a chance to see much of Loch Ness... and Nessie was obviously annoyed with the rain too... for she was nowhere to be seen.
We got home in the evening and just chilled... playing top trumps with the we'ans... and just taking it easy.
The way holidays should be!