Photos and the City

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Just a short drive from Fort William lies Glen Coe – one of the most scenic glens in the Highlands but with one of the bloodiest past. The village Glencoe is situated on the site of the of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692 when 38 members of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed on behalf of King William III.

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I only went through the village to reach Glencoe Lochan, a little lake and forest, which was plantedfrom the Pacific Northwest of Canada in the 19th century.

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After acquiring the Glencoe Estate in 1895, Donald Alexander Smith and his wife, Isabella Sophia Hardisty, moved from Canada to Scotland. Soon after their arrival, Isabella became increasingly homesick for her ancestral lands in Canada. In an attempt to abate his wife’s depression, Donald Alexander Smith had this forest painstakingly planted, and granted it to her as a private refuge. (Wikipedia)

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After my walk around this little lake, I continued to Steal Falls along the very scenic route around Loch Leven.

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It was time to leave my cosy home near Eilean Donan Castle and start my way down back south towards Fort William.

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Shortly before Fort William, it was about time for a stop at the Glenfinnan Dining Car at the train station. I also had planned to walk to the Glenfinnan Memorial and the Viaduct but all the parking was fuller than full – so it has to wait for another time!

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Driving into the city I made a second stop at “Neptunes Staircase” – a very impressive looking staircase lock comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. And lucky me I was able to watch a sailboat going up the canal.

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