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Admire the spectacular scenery.
Following a short overview of Fort William, travel west and after a short drive, you will reach the village of Glenfinnan. Best known for the stunning railway viaduct which featured in a Harry Potter movie, it is part of the legendary West Highland Line which operates between the towns of Fort William and Mallaig. The West Highland Line itself is famous for the Jacobite Steam Train which operates during the tourist season and is often referred to as the “Hogwarts Express Line”. We’ll pause here for a short time, so get your cameras ready. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb the wee hill behind the Visitor Centre for a better view of the viaduct.
Opposite the Visitor Centre stands the Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 as a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. We will then re-join our coach and visit nearby Banavie where the 60-mile-long Caledonian Canal begins and ends its route across the entire country. Constructed in the early nineteenth century by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, the Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at nearby Corpach. At Banavie stroll to the canal’s Neptune's Staircase, the longest staircase lock in the United Kingdom. No tour would be complete without a visit to the local whisky distillery! Ben Nevis Distillery, located at the foot of the mountain, has been operating since 1825! Enjoy a tour and tasting of the local tipple -Slàinte!Return to your coach for the short drive to The Commando Memorial which offers breath taking views of the UK’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis. The Commando Memorial is dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World 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 the United Kingdom's best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction.
Remarks: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing advised and comfortable walking shoes.
Walking information: At guests' discretion.
Wheelchair accessible: No.
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