"It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed." Art Wolf

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Day Exploring the Glen Coe area

Armed with recommendations from my Host, I headed off to take a brief ferry ride in order to take the single track to Glenfinnan rather than the two lane.

Just anther view out of this morning's morning window.

Then it is off to the road.

Waiting for the ferry.

I never did see any of he "feral goats" the signs warned me about. I did see the body of the large,shaggy, antlered stag along the side of one of the main roadways.  I also now have a greater appreciation for the working collies that have to eventually sort these guys out.  Every time I see the large expanses of grazing lands and the scattered grazers, I think tired dogs.

The faster two track is across the water on the other side of the Loch.

Not sure what these metal things are but I had to use the camera to figure out that the the "bulbs" at the top were gulls.

I leave everyone to do there on "look up" for any history that maybe you knew once but have forgotten.  These lands are rich.

The actual monument off in the distance.

The famous tracks used for the train to Hogwarts.

I made a stop at the Glen Coe Visitor' Center to read more about the area and wander a couple of short trails before arriving back at the B&B.

A section of the Visitor's Center shared information about the history and difficulty of Search and Rescue.   The winter stories of avalanches and weather related accidents were only part.  The changes and advances in the technology that is used today was as remarkable as one would imagine.  For example: the ability to use a helicopter  instead of having to carry a severely injured over rough terrain.  The initial volunteers generally only had basic first aid skills now they have EMT training and defibrillators.

On Monday, I headed back out, this time making my way towards the Isle of Skye.

If I were with that group tour, I could be slogging my way back to the van along with them.

Look. Look. Sun.    Well for awhile anyway.

Eilean Donan Castle in the rain.

No photographs allowed inside.  The castle is often used for weddings in a beautiful banquet room.  There is a private apartment in the castle where the current owners still live.

Here is what the castle looks like when the rain has passed and the shy is blue again.

Another view from another window.  The Hostess met me as I arrived and I don't know if she just made the decision when she saw my gray hair or if she had already decided, but she asked if it was okay that  she put me in the double downstairs with the bath instead of the single I had reserved with the bath in the hall which was upstairs.  A fine by me.  There are several other guests here so it wasn't that she was empty.   

A sitting room/porch as you enter.  You can watch the storms and listen to the rain beat against the windows from here.

More to discover tomorrow.....


  1. Great photos of that lovely area! I did take the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Hogwart's Express) over the viaduct, but did not get to see it from the bottom as you did. And I also really love those one-track roads--much better way to see the country than from a tour bus!

  2. I love seeing the ancient buildings and roads and rock walls, but that dark, dreary weather reminds me so much of the year I spent in the Portland, Oregon area. I was never so happy to leave a place as I was when I left there. Do you think your experience was typical Scotland weather? Your pictures sort of put my idea of Scotland to realness----very dreary and depressing for me. But something accomplished and some new knowledge gained about another famous country. Thanks for taking me along as I now know all I will ever hope to know about Scotland! :)