The train takes you to Mallaig and back via Copach and Glenfinnan, the Glenfinnan viaduct is featured in the Harry Potter film. Past Loch Shiel and the statue of Bonnie Prince Charlie then Arisaig and Morar to stop in Mallaig.
You can get all the way there and back for £22.00 per person (1st class). It was funny the way the journey reduced grown men to little children all jostling and excited, crowding around windows with their video cameras, needless to say I did not partake in this childish behavior.
There are a couple of bunk houses. I am staying at one called Farr which is about 3 miles out of Fort William itself.
Have taken a walk down to the Caladonian Canal in the evening. Am enjoying this much more that my time in the city.
Have met couple from London. Teachers. They are travelling from John O’Groats to Lands End by mountain bike. Mad.
They’re staying in the same accommodation which is a lodge house with all the amenities cooking, fridge freezer, rooms with TV’s etc. Prices are £12.50 per night. Not Bad. Its fairly comfortable and the people are friendly.
The sun was shining which is pretty rare in Scotland.
Taking this to be a sign of my changing luck I rolled my sleeves up.
This castle Urquart is supposed to stand above the deepest spot in the lake, Nessie’s favourite hiding spot.
I think there is a knack to seeing monsters and things in that they only appear to those not expecting to see anything, they are wise to the expectations of human kind. Perhaps if you expect something, you will see nothing. If you expect nothing you see the monster. If you walk around expecting nothing the monster knows you don’t want to catch it and will reveal itself to you!
Truth be known, the Scots have done well to build a multimillion tourism industry out of a couple of floating logs and some historic gobbledy gook. Truly there is fuck all in this lake the Scots tell you this themselves.
Have had a brief look around Inverness cathedral and whatnot.
Inverness is the capital of the highlands and as you arrive you can see big gas storage silo chimney stacks, factory and other signs of industry which provide some of its wealth.
This is not a bad thing but it does mean Inverness is a bit like a city.
I’ve decided that I don’t want to do any more city things so have opted for tour of Loch Ness which also incorporates local history and a trip to the Loch Ness Monster museum.