passing through Fort William

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sheep in the shade & cattle on a hill

Up at 6:40am to for the 8:12 train to Fort William, I washed up, scoffed down breakfast (wrapping up half in napkins to take with me), packed, and ran out the door just in time.  Still groggy after less than five hours I bed, I made up a little sleep at the start of the four-hour ride.  Into Bridge of Orchy, the steep green mountains enveloped the train.  Pristine lakes of glass terminated brooks and streams in the Scottish glens.  [British English note: “glens” are valleys, “bens” are mountains, and “lochs” are lakes.]


Although the esplanade in Fort William was fragrant with flower pollen and pleasing to the eye, the town was little more than a tourist trap of small shops surrounded by suburban dwellings.  I took a hasty shot of cattle and sheep along my two-mile hike to Inverlochy Castle, another rock climber’s ecstasy, if a wee bit too modern with angle iron, wooden beams, and concrete.

Inverlochy Castle
  After scaling the fortress for a while, I cooled my hands in the nearby lake and walked on to Ben Nevis Distillery.


On the second floor, I passed some time awaiting the next tour at the Lochaber Art Club‘s exhibition.  I leisurely examined creations of aspiring artists for about a half an hour until heading back down to the main entrance.  The distillery tour began with a lame video presentation and ended with less drinking than I expected.  Our guide was pleasant and the facilities interesting, but Bushmills was notably better.


It was too early for the train to Mallaig, so I hit the loo and spent my remaining time in the distillery’s museum.  Sadly, Fort Williams had turned out to be a wasted day.  Perhaps my visit might have been worthwhile if I had hiked over Ben Nevis instead.  Leaving town, the train passed by the channel lock system, which was interesting, but I was glad not to have invested the walk to see it up close.  I caught a few more winks between stations.
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Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle
inside the Ben Nevis Distillery
inside the Ben Nevis Distillery
behind Distillery Ben Nevis, the g…
behind Distillery Ben Nevis, the …
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