I am starting to think that my goal of visiting the Dalwhinnie distillery while we are here is doomed to fail. We were so enchanted with Stirling yesterday that we didn’t leave in time to visit on the way to Fort William. Today we slept later than expected & had a wonderful cooked breakfast even later which meant that unless we were going to dedicate the whole day to it the distillery wasn’t going to happen, it might need to be another trip, possibly a solo one.
Today we visited the Glenfinnan Viaduct & hiked the trail with the same name. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is famous for its use in the Harry Potter films, the Hogwarts Express goes over the old bridge thing the children to the school. The weather was gorgeous, perfect blue skies, cool air & no wind. In fact once we got going, the lack of wind had us removing coats & sweaters as we were overheating despite the temperature not being much above freezing.
The walk was perfect, only 2.5 miles, but with the uphill sections it still felt like a decent workout. The view of the viaduct, Loch Shiel and the surrounding mountains with Ben Nevis in the distance were simply delightful. I’ll let the photos do the talking, we just had a nice family time before returning to the cottage for some afternoon laziness (and British chocolate).
To top off the day of amazing views, we were treated to a rather special sunset reflecting off the side of Ben Nevis (the tallest mountain in the UK), followed by a wonderful evening out to celebrate my Mums anniversary.