Northern Ireland to the Highlands of Scotland (on cell phone): A Missing Bite Valve, a Train, and a Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct - Famous for the Hogwarts (Jacobite) Train - taken from ScotRail train heading to Mallaig, Scotland - April 2014

Given this is the second time I’m having to write this, I think I’ll go with cliff notes until I post the camera photos.

1. Left ‘O-dark-stupid from the B&B in Larne Harbour, N. Ireland to hop the ferry bound for Troon, Scotland.

2. Somewhere between the dock in Larne Harbour and the baggage pickup in Troon, my pack’s bite valve jumped ship.

2.a. Being in a foreign country and traveling onward to a small village in the Western Highlands without an outdoor store, on a strict timeline, with only 20 minutes in Glasgow in which one must change train stations… Game on.

2.b. Hauled balls out of Glasgow Central (which was lovely, by the way), found my way to Tiso Glasgow, dragged my bag up some steps, ran up three flights of stairs, wound up buying a Platypus reservoir (…this will turn into a small swallow of humility in two day’s time) as they didn’t have a bite valve for my Osprey (sad), ran back down the stairs, grabbed my bag, shouted a ‘thanks’ over my shoulder to the gents in the store, then sped-walked like a mo-fo’in pro to Glasgow Queen Street.

2.c. Managed to grab a Grande Hazelnut Macchiato from Starbucks at Glasgow Queen Street and hopped the train for a 5.5-hour ride through the country into the seaside village of Mallaig.

2.d. Win!

3. When someone tells you that taking ScotRail up to the Highlands is worth your time; they aren’t lying.  It was stunning.  If you have the chance, do it.

4. The only downside to The Seaview Guest House the number of stairs I had to drag my duffel up.  That was it.  The ONLY downside.  The B&B was beautiful, Fiona was an amazing hostess, and the breakfast the next morning was delicious!  Absolutely the best B&B I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying at.

Now, the photos.  Hope you enjoy!
Valley and munros - Western Highlands, Scotland - taken from ScotRail Train - April 2014

A loch, rolling hills, and munros - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014

Loch and hills - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014

Loch and hills through the trees taken from ScotRail - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014

Valley, river, hills and munros - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014
Munros, farms, and a loch - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014

Stream running through the valley - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014

Valley with streams and patchy snow on the hills - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014

Glenfinnan Viaduct and a view of the valley - Western Highlands, Scotland - April 2014
Mallaig, Western Highlands, Scotland - Harbour / Harbor - April 2014

Next up… My hiking/hill walking adventure on Knoydart Peninsula with a pack of badasses.

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5 comments

      • meticulousmick

        Knoydart – never been there, though looked across at it on a few occasions. We hiked along Loch Morar before catching the ferry back to Mallaig from Tarbert. Ash, what memories….😀

    • T Smithers

      Definitely worth the visit. The food at The Old Forge is great (you need reservations). The people were great and there were a number of small B&Bs as well as the Knoydart Foundation’s Bunkhouse if you want to stay over. Granted, I don’t have much to compare it to haha. Skye is on my “to do” list, as well as the other 280 munros 😉

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