Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A wonderful trip to Fort William

Gill and I have just had the loveliest day. To Fort William and back - how boring, not. Sunshine and showers.

We amble across the little Corran ferry. Good job we have a disabled ticket at half price, 3.10p. Calmac and the others pushed the prices up when the oil price climbed last year.

I'm sure they were anxious to take the prices down again when oil dropped, but they just couldn't bring themselves to do it. Sleepless nights around the boardroom, I'm sure.

Cormorants and shags clustering on a different rock from usual as we drive. We stop for a while at Ardgour, watching the fishermen. This is the best fishing area if you get the tide right. Not a spectator sport, really, but pleasant. Masses of solitary herons. If we stop they always wait a mo, then amble off lazily.

We are on the little used single track road on the West side of Loch Linnhe.

Only two cars come the other way in 40 minutes of driving. We are heading for Glenfinnan for coffee.. Coming back, a magnificent double rainbow alongside us to the North, Ben Nevis ahead, wow! The top is occasionally clear. Past Charles Kennedy's old school.

A final amble back to Cuil Bay, look at the 700 year old bridge, look at the little island where the Columban monk lived for 16 years. Watch the Oyster catchers on the beach.


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