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The first week of this visit was spent in the north of Scotland, for the second week it was now time to drive down south for a few days on Islay. After another excellent breakfast at Arden Lodge I left Drumnadrochit and followed the A82 along Loch Ness. There had been some torrential rain over night, but now it was dry and we even had some nice sunny intervals.
Picture of a view over Loch Ness, a boat is travelling past Picture of a car in a layby on the A82
Picture of a double cantilever bridge Near Fort Augustus the weather deteriorated and as the village seemed to be overrun by tourist coaches I continued. My next stop was near Loch Oich at the Bridge of Oich.

In 1849 the old stone bridge over the River Oich was destroyed in a flood. James Dredge, an engineer from Bath in the south of England, designed the new bridge, a double cantilever bridge. The bridge was opened five years later and was in use until 1932, when it became too small for the increased traffic and replaced by another bridge. While I'm not an engineer and can't fully appreciate the pioneering design I still like the bridge.

Next stop was Loch Lochy, from where I called my mother in Germany. Mobile phone reception in the north west had been patchy at best, so I quite a few things to update her on from the previous week.

Picture of a panoramic view over a loch
Picture of a memorial with three soldiers The final stop before Fort William was at the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge. It commemorates the soldiers who trained in the Lochaber area during World War II. The place was quite busy with a lot of other tourists stopping, the view over to the Ben Nevis massif (as usual shrouded in clouds) was impressive nevertheless.

Fort William isn't the most beautiful place and I only stopped to visit an outdoor store to replace my gaiters which had been damaged during the walk in Glen Affric as well as to buy some food. Soon I was on my way again.

For lunch I stopped somewhere at Loch Linnhe, several heavy showers meant I didn't take any pictures though. Hoping that the rain would stop I took a detour around Loch Leven past Kinlochleven and Ballachulish, but it wasn't meant to be.

By now it was mid afternoon, so I decided to drive straight through to Lochgilphead, where I had a reservation at the Empire Travel Lodge. Unfortunately the restaurant it used to have in the breakfast room wasn't operating any more, so I had to find somewhere else for dinner. I found it at Kelli's Bistro of the Argyll Hotel. Nothing out of the ordinary but good value for money.

Then it was off to bed for some sleep after a lot of driving in frequently bad weather, hoping for some better weather the next day...

Picture of a panoramic view near the Commando Memorial

Glen Affric and Màm Sodhail <- Scotland Summer 2005 -> Ferry to Islay