Right Folks, get yourself a fresh cuppa, a glass of something tall and cool or your favourite tipple and be prepared to be
bored enthralled with hundreds some of the very best of the pictures I took from our Glencoe holiday week, last week.
Lynne and I had a wee caravan (actually it would have slept four so it was pretty big) here. The holiday was so good that Lynne decided she wanted to live there forever. This dream was only shattered by me pointing out (me killjoy) the realities that we had no jobs there and it would be a long way for people to come to visit us. However what actually clinched our returning home together was Lynne’s discovering that Facebook wasn’t always accessible due to the dodgy mobile phone signal….. 😉
…..and so to the pictures. 😀
We had a fantastic drive from Glasgow, in stunning weather, on the Saturday at the start of our holiday adventures. Our holiday caravan park was situated in the picturesque village of Invercoe, which is basically a stone’s throw away from the village of Glencoe itself.
You can see a few of the houses of Glencoe village here (as well as some cattle) and the towering mountains of the actual western entrance of the Glen in the background.
Turning round from the previous view, this is Loch Leven, which is a tidal sea loch (tide is out here) and much of our seafood platter which you can see in this post here is from this loch.
We went for a drink in the local Glencoe Inn on this, our first day and this is the same view looking westwards out over Loch Leven with the sun setting.
Sunday was a dry day, albeit pretty grey. So with it being dry, and Scotland’s weather prone to change at the drop of a hat we decided to walk up part of the West Highland Way from the village of Kinlochleven to the Devils Staircase.
There’s loads of Hydro Electric schemes in Scotland (we do make good use of so much rain) and we pass by this top level pumping station which channels water in 6 huge pipes down to the turbine station at Kinlochleven.
There are many roads and paths over the hills in Scotland. Some are ancient paths where cattle would have be driven on these to market, known as “drover’s roads”. Other paths were built for military purposes in the 1700’s so soldiers could quickly march to quell any highland uprisings of the Clans, known as “Wade’s roads” as they were built by General Wade. This part of the West Highland Way is an old military road.
This is Lynne’s first walk on any part of the West Highland Way, we hope to do the whole 96 miles together one day, I’ve done it previously, so here she is checking out the way for future.
The view here is looking North East. Hidden behind all the mountains and clouds is Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.
We take a breather here, not for long though, because it still is pretty cold, although most of the winter snow has melted, except for on the tops on the mountains.
Walking back down the path you can just about make out, over the lip of the hill in the centre of the photograph the village of Kinlochleven where we started.
On Monday we took a trip into Fort William to get some provisions in (wine mainly 😉 ) for the caravan. And we had a bit of a wander about. Fort William is the largest town in the area and also the start of the Caledonian Canal to Inverness, of which these lock gates form Neptunes Staircase at the start, leading in from the sea loch, Loch Linnhe.
You can hire canal boats to live in as you travel the length of the canal which takes 2.5 days minimum. The scenery is stunning though so you’d probably want to take at least a week!
The canal is still used commercially too by fishermen and sailors who want to avoid the lengthy passage around the top of Scotland to get to Inverness.
Ben Nevis is hidden again in these clouds! We weren’t to be lucky enough to see it on this holiday. However, plans may be afoot to tackle it sometime this year with some friends of ours.
Tuesday, we planned to eat that whole seafood platter you can see here, so in the morning we decided we had better do plenty of walking to build up our appetites.
There’s an abundance of forest walks too around the area of Glencoe, not just mountain walking, so we set out to explore these.
This particular forest path actually leads to a lochan which was built by the owner of the estate at the turn of the 19th century for his homesick Canadian wife. To remind her of home!
Ok can anyone see Lynne? I seem to have lost her…….. 😆
Here we arrive at that Lochan I mentioned and the mountain you see is the “Pap of Glencoe” a small but distinctive mountain beside Glencoe village.
And just to prove that I am actually on this holiday too, I tentatively hand Lynne my precious camera for a few nano seconds…..
There is apparently an abundance of wildlife within this forest. Deer, red squirrels, pine martins and golden eagles are to be seen. Well I’m afraid all we did see nature wise was these 2 ducks. Even then, they decided to swim away from me. I’ve always had that effect on birds………
Wednesday was an absolutely stunning day! We decided to walk a part of the other side of the West Highland Way from Kinochleven to Fort William. It’s a pretty steep climb out of Kinlochleven until you get up into the Glen where you get this stunning view of beinn na caillich.
Again this road is an old military road and years ago these ruins were inhabited by crofters trying to eke out a living on the really poor land. No one lives here now.
We stopped at this ruin, tigh na sleubhaich for lunch before heading back to Kinlochleven. It’s about halfway along the Glen.
It’s a long walk back to Kinlochleven but on a good path and with the sun in the sky, it’s just magical.
At the top of the decent back down to Kinlochleven you can see where we climbed up on Sunday, directly opposite on the other part of the West Highland Way. You can also just make out the pipes of the hydroelectric scheme descending to the turbine house.
Thursday was an easy day, in preparation for a visit to my favourite restaurant ever, again food photographs here. It just wasn’t worth getting the camera out so we took a trip through to Spean Bridge for coffee in the morning and ambled about until food time.
Our final day, Friday was still a bit wet but it wouldn’t have done to sit about so we decided to walk the Glencoe Orbital Track, seen here behind the sign to the Red Squirrel Campsite. I’ve camped here many times over the last 20 years. I’ve never once seen a Red Squirrel. Think I should ask for my money back, or sue them under the Trades Descriptions act?
The track takes the old Glencoe road and rather conveniently leads you to the entrance of the iconic Clachaig Inn which is the signpost in this photograph with the face of Aonach Dubh towering above the Glen. The Clachaig Inn is again another place I’ve frequented when camping here. You’re always guaranteed a warm fire and a decent pint here, whatever time of year. 😀
Unfortunately the Orbital path isn’t finished yet so after a further forest walk and view eastwards through Glencoe from a bridge over the river Coe, this is as far as we can get.
This was a rather nice event to end our last day. A pint at The Gathering Place before we headed back to our caravan to get ready for our last evenings dinner at the Glencoe Hotel. Oh and the rainbow was a rather nice touch too.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my pictures, if you’d like to see more please click here.
I know I’m really lucky to live just over 2 hours driving time away from this amazing place. But there’s so much more of this I want to show you……..
Finally today as its Thursday you know I like to link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons to share with you what’s going on over there!
Take care for now and I’ll catch up with you either Sunday or Monday, as it’s the Easter weekend here, so have a good one yourself. Whatever you’re doing. 😀