We spent Monday, which was the halfway point of our trip, exploring the area around our Airbnb near the Loch Lomond National Park after spending Sunday in the Scottish Highlands. We really enjoyed our trip to Fort William. Unfortunately, being a Sunday, the recommended West Highland museum was closed. And the train the goes to Mallaig only went in the late afternoon, so we drove there.
This meant we could stop at the fascinating Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight locks, the longest staircase lock in Britain. We were lucky enough to get there just as they had four boats in the top lock ready to start the process. This amazing system was built between 1803 and 1822 and has since has hydraulics installed. Takes about 90 minutes to moves the boats through. We didn’t watch the whole process as Loralei and Holly are a bit over locks now!
We also stopped at Glenfinnan at the 1745 monument, marking the spot where the Jacobite Rising began. A beautiful bay.
On Monday we went to the Scottish Crannog Centre to see how the loch dwellers lived some 2500 years ago. This was an excellent place with a reconstructed Crannog on the loch which we could go inside and hear all the details of how they have researched these and the reasons why they may have chosen to live over the water. We also had demonstrations on wood turning on a lathe, wool spinning, grinding wheat and starting a fire. Then we could have a turn. Loralei and Holly loved this hands on part.
That afternoon we hired kayaks at Killin, the village we were staying near. Grant took Loralei and Holly down the river and onto the Loch, while I walked the trail and took photos. We then did some rock hopping at the Dochart Falls, wide shallow falls, but still amazing.
And so that rounds off eight weeks of travel with eight weeks left! We haven’t had any major problems, injuries or loss, and we’re also all still getting along!