Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Day return to Mallaig. March 2013

Approaching one of the viaducts in Glencoe.

Loch Treig.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Loch Shiel from the viaduct.

Some of the newer housing in Mallaig

Could not agree more.

The teacher at the harbour.

Cal Mac arriving from Skye.

He seemed happy enough!!
Yesterday the teacher and myself ventured to Mallaig on Scotland's north west coast by train using the Scotrail over 55 ticket. at £19 each this was very reasonable considering the distance travelled (282miles return)On a clear very cold morning we caught the 6.30AM bus from Ayr to connect onto the 8.20AM train from Glasgow. It was a spectacular journey past Loch Lomondside to Glencoe with it's mountain tops all covered in snow. Arriving in Fort William which is home to Scotland's highest mountain Ben Nevis (1344M) , the train became very busy with lots of English tourists keen to travel on the last part of the journey which has a reputation as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. The driver stopped the train on top of the Glenfinnan Viaduct to allow everyone to take photographs which was a very kind gesture appreciated by all. Once in Mallaig we went to a local bar for a wee refreshment or two and a plate of homemade tomato garlic fish soup,if anybody ever visits Mallaig go to the Steam Inn the soup is to die for. Once suitably refreshed we had a wander round the village and it's busy fishing harbour which was fairly quiet at that time as all the boats were away out to sea.The return rail journey was very pleasant particularly once all the tourists got off at Fort William leaving just a few of us to spread ourselves out and enjoy the trip back to Glasgow. Arrived back in Ayr 17 hours after we started  to end a superb day out on a most spectacular train journey.

1 comment:

  1. What a great day out you had. I enjoyed the journey too.