Is there anything more beautiful than Scotland ( when the sun shines!)?

Loch Leven, extension of sea loch Linnhe
Glenfinnan viaduct

Ancient rock strata laid bare ….

It was an utterly perfect day for the steam railway trip from Fort William to Mallaig across the Glenfinnan viaduct. Check timetables carefully if you intend to travel- the weekend service doesn't start until mid-June and it is very seasonal. The train was packed with different nationalities, so clearly they are doing some marketing well. Maybe the makers of the Harry Potter movies are responsible as even the guard was heard to rename the viaduct with the apprentice wizard's name. Trains do a return journey in the morning and afternoon and I thought the 2pm departure from Fort William would allow us to take in a wonderful west coast sunset on our return leg, but I forgot the sun sets so late in Scotland in June! Indeed there will still be light in the sky approaching midnight- yes!

My bedroom view from North Ballachulish

The full size and children's size courts at cromlix have been given the Wimbledon colours- lovely!

Cromlix house hotel
Cromlix house hotel

Andy Murray, the Scottish/British tennis player may have been knocked out of 2014 Wimbledon earlier than he had hoped, but I reckon he has made a smart investment in Cromlix house hotel, not far from his home town of Dublane, near Stirling. For those readers unfamiliar with the nationality 'debate', he is, according to some, Scottish when he loses and british when he wins. Don't ask Alex Salmond, though- Murray made his disquiet plain when he criticised the jingoistic saltire flag waving by Salmond at Wimbledon 2013 when murray carried off the title.

The hotel opened in May this year after a significant makeover, under the management group, Inverlochy Castle Management International, ICMI. Their original hotel, the Inverlochy castle hotel, just outside Fort William is very grand and well worth a visit- try and fit in full Scottish breakfast before you climb Ben Nevis!

This young deer spotted early morning.

Have a great day!



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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

6 thoughts on “Is there anything more beautiful than Scotland ( when the sun shines!)?”

  1. Glencoe is one of those places that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up – even if you have no idea about the history of the place. If you ever go try and pick a sunny day! Thanks for having a look around my humble blog 🙂


  2. You are right– so beautiful! We lived in Spain for 12 years when our kids were small and took the ferry from Santander to Plymouth and points beyond a few times. But we never got as far as Scotland– would love to travel there now! thanks.


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