We headed north out of Glasgow up to Loch Lamond and Trossachs National Park, where we found the crowds. After one night camped on the eastern shore, we decided to keep moving west and made our way to Glenfinnan to hike the ‘famous’ Glenfinnan Viaduct. The train bridge should be recognizable to Harry Potter fans, and we’ve got a couple in the crew. It’s a short hike from the train station our to the bridge, and definitely worth it for the views on a sunny day.
Afterward, we simple drove to coast and looked for a nice place to pull over for the night. The Scottish public land use laws say that you’re allowed to camp anywhere on ‘unenclosed land’ and that’s exactly what we intend to do while we’re here. No fence = no problem.
We foolishly thought we could hop a ferry from Mallig to the Isle of Skye by just showing up the next morning (and maybe we could have) but a quick check on the internet showed the ferry was sold out for the next week. Of course, there is a bridge to Skye, but requires a fairly long drive around various peninsulas from here, but this allowed us a quick stopover at the southern end of Loch Ness to see the locks at Fort Augustus.
Before we made it to Skye, we spotted the Eilean Donan castle off the road in Dornie and decided to stop over for the night and make a few small repairs to the bus. We’ve got zipper issues.
After a good night’s rest, we had a big day of hikes on Skye. The Fairy Pools, Niest Point and Coral Beach. We even managed time for lunch at the Clam Shack.