01.05.07. Today, our nominated drivers faced a long 75 odd miles drive to Ben Nevis, via Glen Coe and Fort William. True to tradition, the Scottish Soldier was standing in the layby on the A82, playing his bagpipes, when we stopped to take photos before continuing to Glen Coe visitor centre for a while. Refreshed and back on our route, we continued on to Fort William, on the banks of Loch Linnhe, before turning off to Ben Nevis.
Looking at the top of Ben Nevis, there was still plenty of snow on the top. We took the cable car to halfway up the mountain, then set about walking to the next cable lift – the ski lift. This was closed as there was not enough snow for skiing. As we looked up at the top of the mountain, we could almost see it melting away before our eyes, on the hot day that it was. The melt water was gushing furiously down the mountain streams. We walked around the mountain until we had the best view of the valleys and lakes below us, then went back to the café by the cable lift for lunch. On our return to the bottom of the mountain, we were amazed at how much the snow cap had reduced since our arrival.
A stop was on the cards in Fort William, where we all browsed the shops, bought some holiday presents and souvenirs of Scotland, and the ingredients for our evening meal. Then we drove along the banks of Loch Linnhe and back to our lodges at Portsonachan. It had been a full day, but we were still ready for our evening gathering at my lodge that night, with pizzas on the menu that night, I believe.
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