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Scotland: Off Skye to the Foothills of Fort William's Highest Mountain – VIDEO

Published: 1.10.2019
My visit to Scotland was coming to an end, but I still had about 2,000 kilometers to go home. But Scotland is beautiful, so why hurry? So I stopped at several places on the Isle of Skye and gradually reached the highest mountain of Ben Nevis.

I made my first stop at the lookout at the Blackhill Falls. The road winds along the coast in the most mountainous part of Skye Island. The views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and bays are worth it and I regret that I had no time to step on any of the mountains. All the more so because it was just nice and thanks to the mountains there was no strong wind from the open ocean on the other side of the island.

Glen Nevis   duha pod Ben Nevis

I crossed the bridge at the Kyle of Lochals back to the mainland and set off towards Scotland's most rainiest area. Fort William has over 1700 mm of rainfall per year and it rains almost every day. Rain clouds literally attract the highest mountain in the UK - Ben Nevis. The altitude of 1345 meters does not impress, but remember that it rises directly from the sea level.

Ben Nevis   Ben Nevis

Black clouds surrounded by me as I approached the mountain. I already managed some of the climb during my last visit, but I had to turn around because of heavy wind and rain. This time I didn't even plan to. Twilight was approaching and next day I had a long trip to England. Maybe next time, maybe it won't rain once.

Loch Ainort

I couldn't miss a stop at the Scottish Technical Unique. With a series of locks and canals connecting several lakes, including the famous Loch Ness, you can take a small boat from one coast of Scotland to another. From Fort William to Inverness. At the beginning of the 19th century, this waterway spared several days of sailing around the dangerous and often stormy northern coast. Today it is used only by private yachts and occasionally small cruise ships, but the original lock system still functions as before.

Skye   Loch Leathan

And just off Fort William you will find the so-called Neptune Stairs, where the ships have to overcome a large elevation. In fact, actually up the water steps. If you arrive in season, be sure to wait until the lock system is running. It is worth seeing what our ancestors managed without computers and heavy equipment. Moreover, in the harsh conditions of Scotland.

skotský náhorní skot – Highland   řeka Cluanie

I admire them all the more because after a few days I start looking forward to the sun and at least a little of drought. But once again, I know that I will have to return to Scotland for a while. Its landscape is absolutely beautiful.

GPS: 56°47'49.7"N 5°00'11.9"W

 

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

Music: Ketsa



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