Thursday, October 8, 2015

Our England Journey: Fort William

Fort William is well in to the Highlands of Scotland, about four hours by train north of Glasgow.  We were only there two nights, but it was possibly the most amazing place we went.  Fort William itself is what I'd call a large town of about 10,000 people and is the second largest in the Highlands, after Inverness.  It's definitely friendly to tourists, without feeling touristy, and we saw a lot of backpackers and hikers either starting or ending one of two LONG Scottish walks that have an end point in the town.

Mostly what I loved about Scotland was the green-ness of it.  So many shades, that I was never going to be able to capture on film.  Also, the wetness.  It did rain for much of our time there, and everything sparkled with it.  Nothing was dried out, there were tons of little waterfalls cascading down the hills and mountains nearby.

We didn't take advantage of the hiking trails on the surrounding hills as much as I would have liked, mostly because I had enough stamina to hike for about 5 minutes before I needed to rest for 10.  Silly pregnancy. But we did do some walks around the town that were mercifully (mostly) flat.

We walked over to Old Inverlochy Castle, which had some sheep penned in to keep the grass short (at least I think that was their purpose). It's mostly in ruins now, but being 800 years old, one can forgive that.

We did manage to hike up part of Cow Hill, and the views from nowhere-near the top were quite lovely.

If you're ever debating a trip to the Scottish Highlands, I can give an extremely hearty endorsement. It's an absolutely amazing region (I say with confidence after having visited only one town (and riding the train to get there)).

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