pluck - part of an animal's innards (see Haggis)
But that is not the way the fbb's went (or came back)
... whilst the rail route is via Helensburgh, the Gareloch and Loch Long. The routes meet again at Tarbet** before parting again ...
... which was really lovely ...
... and just what the fbbs enjoy - NOT!
The train traverses the wild and desolate Rannoch Moor (of which more later) crossing the musical Road to The Isles near Rannoch Station! Our modern road to Morar is hinted at in the first verse quoted above. Here road and rail routes run more or less together.
On a wet and cold Tuesday morning a coach arrived at the Morar Hotel ...
Once at Mallaig, the fbbs made a serious logistical mistake. To keep dry they visited the excellent Heritage Centre next to the station.
They did, eventually, find a sit-down bar-stool cuppa and trudged back to the station for their Steam hauled ride in the rain.
Here is Glenfinnan Viaduct!
The crowds of potty Potter fans wishing to watch the train (without the red painted GWR "Olton Hall") cross the viaduct ...
... have brought extra business to the area, more visitors to the Glenfinnan monument ...
... and huge traffic problems every time the train is scheduled.
Bridge? Trust the press to get it wrong!
So far the Scottish Tourist authorities have not been able to find a cost effective way of dangling a Ford Anglia over the viaduct complete with a Rupert Grint waxwork hanging from the open door - but once tourist numbers start flagging ...
fbb could have bought Potty souvenirs from the on-board shop - he didn't - but did enjoy the leaflet (NOT) ...
... and sustained the inner man with a cardboard cuppa and a packet of haggis flavoured crisps.
Yet another disappointment; the snack was well flavoured with cracked black pepper but with no sign of the offally distinct taste of the genuine locally caught haggis.
The rail discoveries coach was waiting at Fort William** station ...
... to take the party back to the Glenfinnan visitor centre and Glenfinnan station.
The latter was a special delight and will feature later.
So back to the Hotel, travelling the Road to The Isles for the third time. Tomorrow, as they say, is another day and the gang are off (by ferry and coach, there being no trains) for a tour of the Isle of Skye ...
... and will enjoy the Cuillins as they are "puttin' love" all over the place whilst the gang "step oot with a cromach"! (?). The main visit is to the fabulous Dunvegan Castle.
Only it didn't happen!
Find out why and what did happen tomorrow!
** Notes to the text above:-
TARBET (or TARBERT) : a narrow stretch of land between two bodies of water. there are many Tarbe(r)ts in Scotland.
AN GEARASDAN : sometimes it is possible to unravel the Gaelic. Our coach driver pointed out that "gerasdan", said after a few drams of drambuie, might sound like its English equivalent, viz "garrison". Because "William" (of Orange) oppressed the locals, (and doubtless slaughtered a few) his name is rightly omitted from the Gaelic version of the town's name. The full name is An Gearasdan Ionbharlochaid - the Garrison of Inverlochy.
STÈISEAN RÈILE : one for you to guess.
Talking of William (this time No III) reminds us of the appalling slaughter of Glencoe (look it up!). The A82 runs via Glen Coe and here are some on-line pictures of the route taken by the fbb's non train.
Delay Repay Part 2
Off to South Western Railway yesterday via e-mail.