Chasing Potter, Frodo and the Misty Mountains!

Glenfinnan Travel Blog

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The famous bridge leading to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ;)

I owe thanks for the material for this blog to our lovely Claire (clairerich81), who’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.

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Glenfinnan and the Loch Shield located basically half way from Edinburgh to the Isle.

 

Oh, Glenfinnan! I found both- Harry Potter on the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and but a reflection of what’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!!!), (haven’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 don’t actually know what I’m talking about, wouldn’t think I’m a total wacko: at Glenfinnan, there’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: didn’t get much to see! Therefore the title “misty mountains”.

Doen't it look just like...
We did however take the Navis Range Gondola, but basically just to have lunch at 650m height (the rain and wind obviously didn’t work well with my camera nor my clothing!). I do not worry though, I’m sure I’ll get my share of mountaineering facing Mt Fansipan (3000m; Vietnam) and Mt Kinabulu (4101m; Malaysia) soon, very soon!    

 

Well, I’m speechless regarding the Isle of Skye… Definitely, if anyone is travelling to Scotland- Isle of Skye should be your number 3. preference!!! (Only after Glencoe and the Harry Potter place; it’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! I’m sure everyone knows what I’m implying to! The Nessie! It was cloudy and rainy on that day (surprise, surprise), but then again- sunshine just wouldn’t suit the great Loch Ness! Definitely, organize your self a boat trip (you can do that in the Visitor Centre; there’s few of them in the area) and you’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!

 

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... this place here?
S. Castle lovers: shadowing the waters of Loch Ness, discover the deep and dark history of Urquhart Castle (now, doesn’t that sound like Uruk- Haai?)! It’s absolutely amazing! As I said, not a castle fan my self, but this one impressed me more than Edinburgh Castle! Way smaller, but definitely has the character! With origins in the

6th century, Urquhart has been central to power struggles over the years. Once one of Scotland’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 you’re a real castle lover and planning to visit more than one or two castles, “The Explorers Pass” 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, don’t worry, you can organize all the major and smaller tours around the whole Scotland from Edinburgh, and it’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 didn’t have that time- bloody work!!! Thank God I quit few weeks ago and now I’m happy unemployed traveller!!! ;)

 

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Remember Rivendell?
S. Sorry for being so facile and sketchy in this blog, it’s been few months ago now, and hey- I have the whole Southeast Asia thing going on here! ;)    

     

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The famous bridge leading to Hogwa…
The famous bridge leading to Hogw…
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;)
Doent it look just like...
Doen't it look just like...
... this place here?
... this place here?
Remember Rivendell?
Remember Rivendell?
we all know this guy, dont we?
we all know this guy, dont we?
The view over the Rob Roys Hotel …
The view over the Rob Roy's Hotel…
Oh, p.s. Rob Roys hotel, a bit ou…
Oh, p.s. Rob Roy's hotel, a bit o…
Nope, its not THE bridge, but nev…
Nope, it's not THE bridge, but ne…
Misty mountains and the bridge..
Misty mountains and the bridge..
rain, rain and bit more rain
rain, rain and bit more rain
Can you see the train??? What abou…
Can you see the train??? What abo…
Glenfinnan Monument
Glenfinnan Monument
The first view in the Isle of Skye
The first view in the Isle of Skye
Glenfinnan
photo by: krissynae