Chasing Potter, Frodo and the Misty Mountains!
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I owe thanks for the material for this blog to our lovely Claire (clairerich81), whoâ€™s been my guide!
Without her, I would never know a place called Glenfinnan and my road to the Misty Mountains would have been without chasing of the movies!
For all those planning on a trip to Scotland, take the road to the Isle (Isle of Skye), which begins in Crianlarich, then crosses desolate Rannoch Moor to Glencoe (oh Glencoe is a MUST- HAVE- TO- UNMISSABLE- WOW for mountain lovers and all the chasers of scenic views) and past Fort William.
Oh, Glenfinnan! I found both- Harry Potter on the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and but a reflection of whatâ€™s left from the mightiness of Isengard! (or in the real world: the Glenfinnan Monument for all those who rose in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 Jacobite rebellion, but who cares about the real world anyways- we love fairytales!!!), (havenâ€™t seen Frodo him self though, poor lad has left the Middle Earth long ago). I kinda feel a little explanation needed here, so the people, who donâ€™t actually know what Iâ€™m talking about, wouldnâ€™t think Iâ€™m a total wacko: at Glenfinnan, thereâ€™s a famous bridge, where a scene from the famous Harry Potter was shot!
Glen Affric and Ben Navis (Glen Navis is the highest mountain in UK and Scotland, a mishmash of metamorphic and volcanic rocks, rising 1344m) were the places where we were less fortunate due to weather conditions, as simple as it is: didnâ€™t get much to see! Therefore the title â€śmisty mountainsâ€ť.
Well, Iâ€™m speechless regarding the Isle of Skyeâ€¦ Definitely, if anyone is travelling to Scotland- Isle of Skye should be your number 3. preference!!! (Only after Glencoe and the Harry Potter place; itâ€™s all on the way from Edinburgh anyway) And the beer lovers should certainly try a pint (or 8) of Skye! Lovely, bitter- sweet taste tingles your fingers after just a half pint of this goodness!
Finally, the mystery of monster! Iâ€™m sure everyone knows what Iâ€™m implying to! The Nessie! It was cloudy and rainy on that day (surprise, surprise), but then again- sunshine just wouldnâ€™t suit the great Loch Ness! Definitely, organize your self a boat trip (you can do that in the Visitor Centre; thereâ€™s few of them in the area) and youâ€™ll get your share of information on the myths of the lake! Oh, did you know that if trying to drown all the people in the Loch Ness (sorry, not being cruel or anything), you could fit all the population of the world three times and still have some space left!
6th century, Urquhart has been central to power struggles over the years. Once one of Scotlandâ€™s mightiest strongholds, the caste played a key role in the battles for Scottish independence (you can read this and much more in the brochures you get at the entrance!) Oh, by the way, if youâ€™re a real castle lover and planning to visit more than one or two castles, â€śThe Explorers Passâ€ť offers access to all Historic Scotland attractions; I think it was 20 pound, and you can visit as many castles as you want not paying a dime and- most important- not queuing!).
And that was Scotland in four days on a car trip! If you have no driving license, donâ€™t worry, you can organize all the major and smaller tours around the whole Scotland from Edinburgh, and itâ€™s actually not that expensive (20 to 60 pounds)! The only advice would be- take more than 4 days off to visit Scotland: after having done the itinerary mentioned here, you can head to Orkney Islands and those are just bewitching! Unfortunately, we didnâ€™t have that time- bloody work!!! Thank God I quit few weeks ago and now Iâ€™m happy unemployed traveller!!! ;)