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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Fort Augustus, Scotland - The War of the three Kingdoms...

"Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity and reminds us how much we all have in common..." - Deborah Lloyd

(Scotland's stunning lochs, canals and rivers)

Date: 10 May 2017 (Wednesday)
Route: Drumnadrochit - Fort Augustus 
Distance: 19 miles – 32 min

As it was time for lunch, we stopped at Fort August situated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way, this historic and scenic hamlet is a popular tourist destination.

(Monster Fish and Chips restaurant)
(A big portion of fish for two)
(Scotland's own £10 banknote)

Lying on the impressive 60 mile long Caledonian Canal, halfway between Inverness and Fort William, Fort Augustus offers spectacular views down Loch Ness and is a paradise for keen walkers and cyclists with many beautiful walks around the area, the most popular being the Great Glen Way.

(Visitors waiting for the locks to be opened)
(Unlocking the Caledonian canal for boats to pass)
(Caledonian canal enters the Loch Ness Lake)
(The locking of the gates)

At Fort Augustus visitors can also enjoy a visit to the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre which details the history of the canal. Sit and watch the boats navigating the locks or explore the Clansmen Centre, where appropriately attired guides demonstrate 17th century clan weaponry.

(Visitors taking the cruise to sight the Loch Ness Monster)
(Attractions in and around Fort Augustus)

Visitors can explore the surrounding countryside by cruising Loch Ness, home to the world-famous Loch Ness monster, or take a trip to nearby Urquhart Castle, a classic romantic ruin jutting out into the loch. Both Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and Fort William, ‘the Outdoor Capital of the UK’, are less than an hour’s drive and the famous Eilean Donan Castle, reputedly the most photographed castle in Scotland, is equally accessible at around an hour’s drive.

(Strolling along the lake)
(Beautiful scenery of the countryside)

On the way to Fort William we stopped at the foot of Nevis Range, a year round mountain ski resort in the Highlands of Scotland near Ben Nevis. Aonach Mòr is a mountain in the Highlands of Scotland located about 2 miles near the town of Fort William . The Nevis Range ski area is located on the northern slopes of the peak.

(Exploring the highlands of Scotland)
(Taking a detour to a Ski resort)
(Mountain Restaurant and other amenities)

The ski resort with breath-taking view was opened in 1989 and features a gondola lift and several chairlifts and ski tows. In winter these are used for skiing and snowboarding. In summer the gondola is used for lifting riders to the top of the downhill mountain biking track. It is also used by paraglider pilots to reach a variety of launching points.

(Fantastic view of Nevis Range from below)
(Easy and scenic route with good view)
(Incredible cable car ride up Nevis Range)

The easiest route to ascend the slope is to simply take the gondola to the top station at a height of 650 m above sea level, and walk the remaining way. More traditionally, the hill is often climbed from the south from Glen Nevis. The Nevis Range resort has hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup twelve times and hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2007.

(Snow capped mountains of Scotland)
(Anoch Mor overlooking the hills and valleys)

Aonach Mor's Coire an Lochain holds one of Scotland's longest-lasting snow-patches, which sits at an altitude of 1120m.

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