A return to the Highlands always lifts my spirit & heart. Staying, once again, in Arisaig, the peace & quiet was perfect. I was travelling with a friend, not my usual solo adventure, but an adventure of discovery all the same for her. I showed her the local sites, she loved every minute, from Arisaig to Drumnadrochit & everywhere inbetween.
My visit confirming, if ever I needed it, that this is the area I want to finally settle. Our journey to the Highlands began once we got to Glencoe. An incredibly emotive and atmospheric area that is steeped in Highland history. Even driving through the immense mountains you can’t help but think of what occured there. The Massacre of Glencoe took place in Glen Coe in the Highlands of Scotland on 13 February 1692, following the Jacobite uprising of 1689-92.
The region had had quite a bit of snowfall, but it had started to melt thankfully. Through Glencoe, our next destination was to be Fort William. We stopped and had a walk around, although being ‘out of season’ there were fewer places open than hoped. One place we did manzged to look round was the West Highland Museum. A fantastic showcase for the Commandos that trained in the Highlands for WW2 with lots of fascinating exhibits to see and read about. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Fort William is a lovely wee place, again, well worth a visit.
And so we continued on the A82, the Road To The Isles. I have to say its one of my favourite roads to drive. The scenery is absolutely stunning. Passing along on the coast road, we came across the area that hold The Princes Cairn.
We stopped off at another of my favourites, The Glenfinnan Monument.
My usual essential stop off, for some wonderful sea air, Camusdarach Beach
As I think I’ve already said, in a previous post, I fell in love with this beach after it was featured in my favourite film, Local Hero. A small, clean little beach but perfect all the same.
Local Hero is a film about a big American oil company, who want to buy up a small Scottish fishing village to turn it, unbeknownst to the villagers, into an oil refinery. A lovely, easy watch film, that showcases the Highlands to the max.
We spent the remainder of our stay driving the Road to the Isles, taking in the scenery, while dodging the weather….
View of the Ben Nevis region
The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge.
Urquart Castle, Loch Ness
Loch Ness view
Glenfinnan Viaduct also the film location for Harry Potter movies
Saint Mary & Saint Finnan Catholic in Glenfinnan
View from the A82
View near Our Lady of the Braes
Along the A82
Our Lady of the Braes (also used as a location for Local Hero)
Enroute to Glenuig