The Jacobite & Glenfinnan, Scotland

 

Every year when we go to the west coast of Scotland, we travel from Fort William to Mallaig along the ‘Romantic Road to the Isles’ its a must if you are visiting the West Coast of Scotland.  Even better if you can travel on the West Highland Railway Line.  The last time we manage to travel on the train, was 2012, you have to book about a year in advance, even then its touch and go.  So early last year 2016 we booked, we got some of the last seats, even booking that early.  We are making the trip in about three weeks time and looking back at last years photos I found some of our visit to one of the stations on the line, a very famous one at Glenfinnan.  Glenfinnan is where, in 1745, the ‘Jacobite Rising’ started and there is now a 60ft tall monument, which was built to commemorate the occasion.  Unfortunately the monument was having a facelift, but you get the idea how tall it is.  While we were visiting the station the train came in, ‘ The Jacobite’  it was quite a long stop as you are allow to disembark and take photos.  Once the train left the station, we jumped in the car and gave chase.  I wanted to catch the train going over a particular bridge very near to Mallaig and having missed it so many times in the past, I got lucky this time and got my train.  So I thought I better post last years 2016 trip, before this years 2017 trip 🙂

 

 

 

 

18 comments

  1. I can see why you wanted to catch the train going over that bridge. Well done! I enjoyed the station shots, too. Always good to see the trains. 🙂

    1. Thank you Pat, its a lovely little station, but I’m not sure if the weather is going to be as nice this year as last……still never mind, it’s a holiday 🙂

  2. We last got tickets for the train many years ago having booked very early. Even more popular now because of Harry Potter filming, You must try and go up the Glenfinnan tower if open – a tight door at the top for the views.

    1. Yes, I think it is going to be very busy, not like the first time we went and I had forgotten about Harry Potter’s connection, oh well, breath in 🙂

  3. Did you book the sunny blue skies too????? Great to see the homeland giving so much pleasure to the tourists. Enjoy your trip this year and watch out for those ‘midges’ – savage wee beasties.

    John

    1. Of course I booked them, but it doesn’t mean we will get them 🙂 Really looking forward to it, come rain or shine…..but could do with out the midges though 🙂 Lynne
      PS….. went passed the church on Mothers Day, looks like you are getting on with it 🙂

      1. Phase 1 of the building restoration is under way. We’ve almost got the info to set the history website loose on the web too.

  4. I have been enjoying all your recent posts,Lynne. I look at them and think, “I wish….”. I have many Scottish ancestors, so your Scotland posts hold me enthralled and are really my favorites. Who knows? Perhaps someday circumstances will be such that I will travel to the lands of my ancestors. What a thrill that would be. I could do hands on research instead of internet research!

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