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....and so we reach Fort William
.Update 5 April 30th
Towering above the town is the well known landmark Ben Nevis. The highest mountain in the UK. The summit being 1345 metres above sea level.
Fort William located on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts be they mountain bikers, climbers, walkers or mountaineers
Like Ardverikie it has also hosted film shoots including Braveheart, Highlander and of course the Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in the Harry Potter Films. Indeed the film Local Hero from 1983 shot the internal Houston scenes in Fort William.
We mustn’t linger too long in Fort William as our journey is a long one and we have three ferries to catch as we make our way to the Isle of Iona.
In keeping with the infrastructure of many of the roads in the Highlands the route we take from Fort William down the length of Loch Linnhe to Lochaline is a narrow one. Firstly we take the Corran Ferry crossing Loch Linnhe to Ardgour with a further road trip of some 31 miles to Lochaline. It’s from here the ferry will take us across the sound of Mull to Fishnish at the north end of the Isle of Mull.
We must now travel south towards Fionnphort, a fishing village known for its crabs and lobsters, and the main port of the Ross of Mull.
A tourist attraction we shouldn’t miss is the granite boulder split in two which sits on the beach, deposited by an ice age glacier.
In Fionnphort our first glimpse of Iona comes into view. Ahead lies the east side of Iona including our destination, Iona Abbey. Separated only by the Sound of Iona, a narrow stretch of water, a short ferry crossing on MV Loch Buie sees us safely delivered onto the island.........time to explore.