Road Trip 1

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The start of the road trip took us firstly to the large Town of Fort William (Map) it is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants — and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.
Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south,Aonach Mòr to the north and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. It is a centre for hillwalking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis and many other Munro mountains. Its a nice town with a few restaurants and pubs, also you can catch a ferry to do a tour of the nearby Loch Eil, you can easily see Ben Nevis from the town and you will find it full of climbers and hill walkers.

Commando Monument

The Commando Monument (
Map) is a must see and lies to the North West of Spean Bridge , the views looking towards the Nevis range are some of the best I have seen. You will find a lot of visitors at this site and the statue made from Bronze dominates the area. The Commando Memorial is a Category A listed monument in Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised duringWorld War II. Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge village, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it has become one of Scotland's best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction offering views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.

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Bridge of Oich. (Map)
In 1849 floods swept through the Great Glen. Among the many things it destroyed was the stone bridge over the River Oich. It also breached the nearby Caledonian Canal. It was five years before a replacement was built – the present suspension bridge.

The new bridge was 46m long and comprised three parts:

  • arched granite pylons set on granite piers with earthen embankments
  • a slender wrought-iron structure which took support over the pylons and was anchored into the embankments behind
  • a timber deck.
The main chains supporting the bridge were formed of wrought-iron links about a metre long. At each junction of the links, the two outermost cast-iron bars were taken down as wires to support the deck, so reducing the number of separate bars in the link by one. The bridge continued in use until it was bypassed in 1932.

Fort Augustus & the
Caledonian Canal.
We both found this village one of the gems of the tour, its a little place and tourists flock to it to see the massive locks of the Caledonian canal. The Canal
connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William. It was constructed in the early nineteenth century by engineer Thomas Telford, and is a sister canal of the Göta Canal in Sweden, also constructed by Telford. The canal runs some 60 miles (97 km) from northeast to southwest. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy.[1] These lochs are located in the Great Glen, on a geological fault in the Earth's crust. There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune's Staircase, Banavie), four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the course of the canal. If you walk towards Loch Ness you will find the Boathouse Lochside Restaurant sit here and have a pint, the views over Loch Ness are fantastic. The Loch is huge at over 23 miles all the way to Inverness, Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 22 sq mi (56 km2) after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 755 ft (230 m),[2][3] making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar.

The final part of this road Trip took us through the
Cairngorms National Park and to Aviemore a town popular with Skiers and Climbers

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