When I arrived in Edinburgh at the end of last week the weather was rather frightful. Not to worry, we were off to sample some of the delights of the North West. By the time we arrived at Glen Coe there had been a drastic improvement of the weather - it wasn't raining. Not being hugely au fait with the Scottish hills, please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I've identified them as well as possible.
Just before the road enters Glen Coe we stopped and took a photo of Stob Derg, at 3353 feet high, it is the highest peak in the mountain Buachaille Etive Mor (which means the Great Herdsman of Etive - it is at the head of Glen Etive)
To the South of Glen Coe rises Bidean nam Bian. There are three ridges on this mountain, collectively called the Three Sisters, that look spectacular from the car park in Glen Coe. I have two pictures of them here. This is Gearr Aonach (short ridge)
and Beinn Fhada (long hill)
The Glen Coe visitor centre has a convenient tea retailing outlet. As an added bonus, it also has this cracking view.
With our Glen Coe tea, being a little too hot to drink straight away, we drove on a little till were out of the glen and back down at sea level. Parked in a hotel car park at Ballachulish, this is the view over Loch Linnhe that accompanied our tea break.
The view a little further to the left. A clever photoshopeer could probably join this picture onto the last as they overlap.
A few miles on from Fort William is Glenfinnan, where, just in case you had missed the fact the the scenery is pretty near perfect, a memorial has been raised to Bonnie Prince Charlie. After landing on the mainland nearby, it was here at Glenfinnan that he waited a few days to gather his army. On the 19th August 1745 he raised his royal standard here before setting off south for the ill fated attempt to put his father on the British throne as James the III and VIII in the second Jacobite uprising.
As if it didn't have enough already, Glenfinnan sports an excellent viaduct.
Arisaig (from the Gaelic for safe place) is renowned for it's lovely sandy beaches and delightful sunsets. Though there were a lot of clouds in the sky, against expectations we got a sunset. Here I am wondering if we were the only people in Scotland to see the sunset that night.