We were so lucky with our weather when we flew to Scotland for a few days holiday, we took waterproofs and fleece with us, but neither were needed. Each day started misty but soon the sun came through and was positively scorching! We flew to Inverness from Bristol, the flight took just over an hour, travelling from one end of the country to the other so quickly and is a lot cheaper than the train or driving. This was however a railway holiday for the under gardener which he booked when he got the “all clear” from the hospital in Exeter.
The Bridge over the River Ness was well lit up when we went for an evening stroll after dinner. Inverness is in the north eastern part of Scotland.
Sorry about reflections, some of the photos were taken from inside the carriage. The first day we went from Fort William to Mallaig in the north west of Scotland behind a steam locomotive on the Jacobite Line. The Glenfinnan viaduct is semi circular in shape and is a really imposing structure.
We passed some really beautiful scenery while on the train, this is a view of Loch Ailort on the west coast.
The line stops in Mallaig which is a small fishing village, boats from here take you on to the Isle of Skye if you wish to travel further.
On the sea front, I found these carvings to remember those who have been lost at sea while fishing.
Just before we left Mallaig I found this old boat which had been put to good use. The flowers were mainly lobelia, nasturtiums and a few antirrhinums.
I was amazed at how much Ragwort I saw growing at the roadside, knowing how poisonous it is to horses and cattle. But then, thinking about it, this is sheep country, so hopefully they are immune to its toxic effects.
We had now transferred to a coach so were able to stop and see our engine making its return to Fort William.
This part of Scotland is where the Commandos did their training before going to Europe to fight, a very moving place.
On the way back to Inverness we stopped at Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness, no Nessie wasn’t showing herself that day!
We were very impressed by all the hanging baskets on nearly every building and lamp post in Inverness, they were amazing.
I think I will have to do a post for each day of our break, I can’t believe how many photos I took in just a few days. Don’t worry, I won’t show them all !