2014 – Day4 Scenic West Coast Tour to to Fort William, Ben Nevis & Highland Concert day 25

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland from 21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)

Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 to Fort William, Ben Nevis & Highland Concert

The Highland Day includes a 53miles trip on A82 road across Rannoch Moor, through Glencoe Pass and on to Fort William. After lunch we all congregate at the Nevis Centre for our Highland Day Concert, then it is home again in time for a Highland Candlelit Dinner and entertainment.

Dinner at 7pm was fantastic and the entertainment by “John McFarlone” was superb. Sleeping: Dalmally Hotel, Dalmally, Argyll and Bute PA33 1AY, UK. Temp: min.11 – max.18°C

Morning greetings with Ms. Kathleen the Dalmally pole dancer at aged 85.

This tour is excellent for all senior citizens at Dalmally Hotel.

As usual, all queuing up to get in for Dalmally Hotel breakfast.

On the way to Fort William we had the stop here for toilet.

Rannoch Moor is a large expanse of around 50 square miles of boggy moorland to the west of Loch Rannoch in Scotland, where it extends into Perth and Kinross, Lochaber in Highland, and northern Argyll and Bute.

The Great Moor of Rannoch is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. It is a beautiful outdoor space stretching out far north and west from Rannoch Station. The area is a vast stretch of land composed of blanket bog, lochans, rivers, and rocky outcrops which makes it a very challenging environment which still supports varieties of flora and fauna.
A wealth of plants, insect, bird and animal life can be seen here ranging from curlews and grouse to roe and red deer.

Buachaille Etive Mòr meaning "the great herdsman of Etive" is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands of Scotland. Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland.

Buachaille Etive Mòr takes the form of a ridge nearly 8km in length, almost entirely encircled by the River Etive and its tributaries.

The ridge contains 4 principal tops: from north-east to south-west these are Stob Dearg (1022m), Stob na Doire (1011m), Stob Coire Altruim (941m) and Stob na Bròige (956m).

Glen Coe is a glen of volcanic origins, in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies in the southern part of the Lochaber committee area of Highland Council, and was formerly part of the county of Argyll. It is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland, and is a part of the designated National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.

The narrow glen shows a grim grandeur. The glen, approaching from the east on the main A82 road, is surrounded by wild and precipitous mountains. Further west at Invercoe, the landscape has a softer beauty before the main entrance to the glen. The main settlement is the nearby village of Glencoe located at the foot of the valley.

The name Glen Coe is often said to mean "Glen of Weeping", perhaps with some reference to the infamous Massacre of Glencoe which took place there in 1692.

The Glen is named after the River Coe which runs through it, and bore this name long before the 1692 incident. The name of the river is believed to predate the Gaelic language and its meaning is not known.

Ridges of Gearr Aenoch and Aonach Dubh on the south side of the Pass.

Pass of Glencoe looking westwards towards Loch Achtriochtan.

The breathtaking Pass of Glencoe.
Coire nan Lochan on the southern side of Glen Coe.

A lot of people trekking the highlands.

This Malaysian girl Ms Tan, who now lives in Belfast is from Bercham, Ipoh.

The Pass of Glencoe is like a lively lady, catch her in the right mood and its unforgettable!!”

A'Chailleach on the north side of the Pass.

At the west end Fort William car park.

Road side musician at Fort William.

Sitting with a life size bronze statue at Fort William.

Fort William (In Gaelic: "The Garrison") is the second largest settlement in the highlands of Scotland. Fort William is a major tourist centre with Glen Coe just to the south.

It is a centre for hillwalking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis and many other Munro mountains. It is also known for its nearby downhill mountain bike track. It is the start/end of both the West Highland Way (Milngavie/Fort William) and the Great Glen Way; a walk/cycle way (Fort William/Inverness).

There are also several outdoor clothing and equipment shops.

The Excellent West Highland Museum is also location in Cameron Square where you can learn about the Jacobites from the 1715 and 1745 Rebellions and the effects these conflicts had on the town and local community.

Cameron Square in Fort William was completely redesigned with a new layout for visitors and local people to relax and enjoy. Today this attractive square is a great place to meet up with friends and perhaps to watch and listen to some of the occasional musicians who come here to perform.

The town is known as the outdoor capital of the UK as a result of the wide range of outdoor activities on offer. The town supports a museum, numerous shops (including the ubiquitous Edinburgh Woollen Mill), restaurants and bars.

The Nevis Centre is Fort William's largest public hall and indoor activity centre.

After lunch we all congregate at the Nevis Centre for our Highland Day Concert.

Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for hours.

The homemade scotch broth.


Highland Day Concert a

Highland Day Concert a1, a2

Highland Day Concert a3, a4

Highland Day Concert a5

Highland Day Concert a6 a7 a8
Highland Day Concert a9

Evening entertainment at Dalmally Hotel 01

Evening entertainment at Dalmally Hotel 02

Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland

Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)

Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan

Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan

Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland

Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)  

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)

Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little
Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight

Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow 6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am.


1 comment:

  1. alancykok@yahoo.com15 September, 2014

    Val Allan and Pauline Toh put up a well-paced Foxtrot dance brilliantly.
    The couple are old hands in ballroom dancing.