Travelling The Great Glen – #Scottish #Highlands

Those of you who’ve been here before probably know that I commute regularly between the UK south coast and the Scottish Highlands. Most often these are working trips, which involve flying between the two ends of the country to save time.

Twice a year, we drive the route, allowing me to take my Jack Russell (Frodo) to his favourite ‘walkies’ venues, and permitting a little bit of ‘tourist time’ for us humans.

We’ve just arrived in the Highlands, this time by the more scenic route, travelling from Glasgow up The Great Glen, so I thought I’d share a little of the journey with you.

First comes Loch Lomond, billed as ‘the most romantic loch’. Not sure why, but it is tranquil and beautiful. What we weren’t expecting was to find this massive construction at the head of the loch

CIMG3380As we moved closer, more of its purpose was revealed – it gives an amazing, focussed view down the loch, and as you move through it, you realise that it is positioned to give you the best site, not to mention that the far side consists of steps, up which you can go to the very top for the best possible view.

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CIMG3382Moving on, we found that even when you are stopped at road works, they give you something interesting to look at!

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Later on, we travelled over Rannoch Moor, a desolate area of peat bogs between the mountains, but still beautiful.

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Then comes Glen Coe…

(I promise to go a bit slower next time, so as not to risk making you dizzy!)

James Bond fan? You may recognise this as the road to Skyfall…

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We stayed the night at the wonderful Ballachulish Hotel (pronounced Balla-hoo-lish), a grand building with warm hospitality and a great selection of malts!

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There’s a lovely view down Loch Leven

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Next day we went on a fantastic day trip – come back again next post to see where (PS. if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you won’t want to miss it…)

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6 comments

  1. What a gorgeous little travel log.
    Thanks, Deborah!
    I have always heard of Loch Lomond from the song, ‘You take the High Road’, but I have never seen it until now.
    However,
    I have a big complaint!
    I would have liked to have seen pictures and/or video of Frodo.
    Happy Reading and Writing!
    ~Icky. 🙂

    1. There’s one of those coming up next post = complaint fully addressed 😉

  2. Wow Deb! Fantastic photos! I especially loved the videos. I just love mountains, they reminded me of Arizona where I’ll be spending most of next winter, minus the desert, lol. I’m glad you got to enjoy some time out in your travels. Well deserved my friend! ❤

    1. Cheers 😀 I absolutely love mountains – one of the reasons I adore the Highlands. I’ve only seen pics of Arizona, but I’d love to visit one day. I did the awesome Rocky Mountineer train trip from Vancouver to Calgary and was blown away by the experience.
      More holiday and pics still to come from this week…

      1. How fantastic Deb you got to see our Canadian Rockies! So, just one more thing we have in common besides red hair, lol; mountains! Well I’ll take the desert and mountains any day! Looking forward to more pics from you. And just wait til 10 weeks and counting, off to my desert escape!!! 🙂 ❤

  3. […] route took us through Glasgow and up to the edge of Loch Lomond (see pictures from last year here), and then left, towards the West Coast and Oban. This road travels past the Faslane Naval Base, […]

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