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I made for a hostel as soon as the bus let me off in Inverness and then out along the eastern end of the Great Glen Way. It ran beside the Ness River, then out onto it. A string of small islands split the river in two, and their miniature forests provided a beautiful escape from civilisation for a short time before I was dumped onto the opposite bank near a sports centre. I’d have liked to see the locals out playing on the fields, but it was still work and school hours so it was no surprise to find […]

By |21st November 2003|Scotland|0 Comments

The Great Glen

I’d planned to catch the bus straight through to Inverness, but the ride up to Fort William was so enchanting that I decided to stop there for the night. That bus ride took me past Glen Coe and numerous other lochs and castles – all with mountainous backdrops. Those mountains were covered in a fatigue motley of greens, red-browns and yellows, and bordered by black stone walls. Sheep and goats clambered over the patchwork inside their walls.

Small villages, like something out of the Wheel of Time, lay nestled at the foot of these mountains. I’d loved to have stayed at one […]

By |19th November 2003|Scotland|0 Comments


I arrived in Glasgow via Prestwick airport. My hopes to get far north were shattered in the first hour when the train that took me into town lost an engine. That delayed my arrival in town until after the train to Inverness had departed. The other options didn’t seem any better. I could get a bus to either Inverness or Fort William, but I’d be travelling in the dark and then looking for a place to stay in the middle of the night. After a quick stop at the tourist office, I headed for one of the backbacker places. It was only 2pm, but […]

By |16th November 2003|Scotland|0 Comments

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