On the Bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond

Waking on Monday morning in our roadside lay-by to the wonderful sight of a misty Loch Lomond by our doorstep.

Early Morning view of Loch Lomond

Early Morning view of Loch Lomond

We hadn’t been murdered in our beds by a mad axe man, but worse than any fear of being attacked by madmen. It was at this point that I discovered that I had forgotten to pack the tea bags and we were ravenous and gasping for a morning cuppa.

We quickly packed everything away and drove back to Luss village, famous for being the set of an old TV series called “Take the high road”.

The shop/cafe was open, so two bacon baps and a box of teabags were purchased. Heaven.

Suitably refreshed and nourished we set of on our travels on the A82 towards Glen Coe and Fort William. The road ran along side Loch Lomond and then out into the mountainous area of Glen Coe site of the infamous massacre that took place in 1692.

Pufffin at Glen Coe

Pufffin at Glen Coe

We approached Fort William and decided to park up and have a wander around the town.

Fort William sitting at the base of Ben Nevis and the Nevis range of mountains acts as base camp for all the outdoor activities around the area.

We filled up with diesel at Morrisons in Fort William, but I didn’t have a money off voucher this time.

This gave me a chance to check the fuel consumption, a staggering 37mpg.

Admittedly we had travelled mainly on motorways, but it was certainly better than the 30mpg that I had expected.

Not far from Fort William at Spean bridge stands the memorial erected in 1952 as a tribute to the Commandos that were trained in the area during WW2.

Commando Memorial

Commando Memorial

My late father trained there, eventually being shipped out to fight in North Africa were he joined the Long Range Desert Group.

From Fort William we headed out on the A830 in heavy rain stopping at the Glen Finnan monument over looking Loch Shiel, which has been used as the backdrop to many films.

Glen Finnan

Glen Finnan

The monument is a tribute to the Clansmen who fought and died in the cause of the Stuarts clan.

At the visitors centre (parking £2) it was possible to see the now famous Glen Finnan curved viaduct that carried the Hogwarts Express featured in the Harry Potter films. The Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig during the summer season.

Howarts Express Viaduct

Howarts Express Viaduct

Our destination today was Arisaig situated on the coast over looking the isles of Rum and Eigg.

We pulled into the Sunnyside Croft Touring campsite at about 4 pm. After parking up on our pitch we went for a walk along the beach, giving Ruby her first experience of the sea. Lets just say that it’s not one of her favourite pastimes.

Ruby enjoying the sea at Arisaig

Ruby enjoying the sea at Arisaig

This campsite has been one of the best we have stayed for a long time and we highly recommend it.


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