Leaving Skye

Plockton, Five Sisters of Kintail, Eilean Donan Castle, Fort Augustus, Commando Memorial, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis

Plockton

Plockton lies on Loch Carron, one of the prettiest villages on the north west coast of Scotland. Yachts and boats of summer visitors are now more common in Plockton’s little harbour than local fishing vessels.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle stands in a splendid setting where three lochs meet – Loch Alsh, Loch Duich and Loch Long. It dates back to 1230, although most of the castle was destroyed in 1714. Careful renovation has restored its former splendour.

Five Sisters of Kintail

The Five Sisters rear up behind the waters of Loch Duich.

Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus, once called, Kilcumin, was developed as a military control post after the Jacobite Rising in 1715, and developed fifteen years later by General Wade.

Commando Memorial

This memorial at Spean Bridge, north of Fort William, is a tribute to the men trained in the area who died in World War II.

Ben Nevis

As you drive south from Spean Bridge the great mass of Ben Nevis dominates the landscape around Fort William. Being the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis provides some spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

Car Park Map Coordinates: Glen Nevis Visitor Centre

A popular route up Ben Nevis is to start from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre and follow the well-marked signs.

 

Glen Nevis

Car Park: Glen Nevis Visitor Centre

If you don’t have the time to hike into the Ben Nevis range and want to take in a softer view of the beautiful scenery around Fort William, there is none better than that of Glen Nevis. Film fans will recognise this as the scene in Braveheart, where the younger version of William Wallace first falls in love with Murron.

Steall Falls

Car Park Map Coordinates: 56.777331, -5.001100

Pronounced “Schtowell”, Steall Falls are the third highest in Scotland, at 105 metres. For fans of the Harry Potter films, the falls have featured as the backdrop to the Quidditch stadium in The Goblet of Fire and The Half-Blood Prince.

At the car park, head to the far end, where the path begins. Don’t be deterred by the rough start to the path, the glen soon broadens out, the way becomes easy and the waterfalls can be seen gloriously up ahead and to the right. Continue a little further on and, as the path bends closer to the river, the best view of the falls is from this spot. It is possible to get closer to the waterfall if you wish, but it requires a more intrepid spirit, as the river here is spanned by a wire bridge.

Return to the car park along the same route.