The sun was promised today, but not quite first thing when the bus to Ft.William and Inverness was leaving Oban. I was a little disappointed because we would be traveling through the area known as Lochaber, parent name to Lochaber, QC. It was not disappointing, however. Somehow the low mist hanging over the mountains made the drive an almost mystical experience. Eventually it lifted and the sky cleared. The scenery is nothing short of stunning. It can not be compared with anywhere else I have ever seen in the world. More sheep, coos, and an occasional red deer sprinkled the landscape. Other than the small villages, there were very few farm homes to be seen.
We did stop in the village of Lochaber, and there was a necessary bus change in Ft.William. And after a wonderful drive along the shores of Scotlands’ largest Inland lake – Loch Ness – by noon we were downtown Inverness, on the hunt for a room to spend the night.
Inverness is a very bustling city. The River Ness runs through the center of its historical district and there is a castle perched on a modest hill overlooking the city from all directions. After a quick lunch in a recommended pub, a nice leisurely stroll down one side of the waterfront and up the other was the perfect way to unwind from yesterdays adventure and todays long bus ride. It is pretty amazing that we travelled from one side of the country to the other in only 4 hours. – no wonder they dont really understand the vastness of Canada!
Tomorrow a little more street wondering and a train to Stirling for a couple of days. I do know that my Paul ancestors came from an area just outside of Inverness, but getting to that area would require renting a car… Not quite up to driving on the wrong side of the road just yet – maybe next trip? For now Andy Murray is doing well at Wimbledon, the pubs are packed, its almost as intense as a Stanley Cup game!