Scotland | Fort William Region

From March to June 2018 Jenny and I were working near Fort William in a hamlet called Glenuig, on the road to Mallaig. I will take this opportunity to say to who ever is reading this, if you are ever in the area of Glenuig, I urge you to not give the Glenuig Inn any of your attention or business. Since leaving this job (for reasons relating to the behaviour of the owner, Steve) we have been mistreated, ignored and have had part of our earnings withheld from us. I will not go into any more detail because it doesn’t relate to why you are here, but please avoid it completely. Just go on their Trip Advisor to see why for yourself.

 

Moving on…

 

With 2 days off a week we were able to see a lot of this part of our country. Below are some of the things we did in our 2 months in this area.

 

  • Glen Coe: One of Scotland’s geographical masterpieces. Its no wonder why such a large volume of tourists are constantly flooding in to this area when you see it for yourself. Pretty much everything is located on the main road, like waterfalls, viewpoints and a ski centre. Take a drive through Glen Etive as well and you’ll be sure to spot some deer and get a photo at the famous James Bond film location from Skyfall. Drones are essential for Glen Coe!

 

  • Mallaig: The end of “The Road to the Isles”, Mallaig is also the end of the train line for the famous Jacobite steam train (Harry Potter train). Take a ferry to Skye, get some lunch, do some shopping or just wander around. If you want lunch, though, just make sure you’ve got a table before the Jacobite arrives ‘cause Mallaig can go from 0-100 real quick.

 

  • Oban: A small fishing town roughly an hour south of Fort William. The road to Oban is awesome as you cruise along lochs and winding roads. Oban is the gateway to the Hebridean islands and is really nice for a summer stroll.

 

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct: The famous Harry Potter bridge. You can walk up the side of the hill and wait for the steam train to come, which it does twice a day, or alternatively at the other side of the road is the Glenfinnan Monument and view over Loch Shiel. Sadly, somehow, I never got to see the steam train crossing the bridge. Even to go to the shop from Glenuig we would pass the viaduct so really its quite hard to believe we never saw it but hey ho.

 

  • Ardnamurchan Lighthouse: The most westerly point on the UK mainland. You can pay to enter the lighthouse  (tickets in the cafe) but the view from the rocky shore is impressive enough. You get a view over to Eigg, Muck and Skye and there is also a coastal walk too. If you’re lucky you might see dolphins!

 

  • Castle Stalker/Castle Tioram: Follow this link to my guide on castles!

 

  • Strontian: If you happen to be in the area I would recommend going for a walk in the Strontian Nature Reserve which is really peaceful as you walk along the river with the mountains in the background.

© James Lilley 2018