Saturday, 10th June, 2023

One of the most famous steam railways in the world, a really nice church, some crystals and some fossils - what more could anyone want?!

We were sorry to leave our accommodation at Mallaig. It was comfortable and clean, and Anne made us feel most welcome.

This is the view...

...from here.

No, we didn't travel on the Jacobite Railway (yet) but we did go to the Glenfinnan Viaduct to watch the train travel over it. We arrived at Glenfinnan Station and wondered why there was a carpark for only six cars (which was full). This should have made us think but, no, we persevered. We parked on the side of the road just outside the entrance and made our way up the hill. A few customer were dining in the café carriage. We found the museum and the lady in charge (after making Satoshi pay the £1 entrance fee to use the toilet) told me (cheerfully) that we should have gone further down the road to the next carpark which is bigger and much closer to our destination. She further explained that that carpark was probably full and we would need to walk for 30 minutes to get to the viaduct. (She seemed to be really loving that bit!). We had a choice of walking along the road (mostly flat) or going along the Viaduct Trail (mostly steep and rocky). Of course, I wanted the latter choice but Satoshi was no where to be seen. A phone call ascertained that he had already found the steeper trail and headed down it (thinking I had gone that way). So, it was a 30 minute along this "trail". The sun was really hot (it got to 25° today).

A view of Loch Shiel from the trail. This loch featured in three of the "Harry Potter" movies.

Finally, we arrived at the viaduct. There were about 100 people there already but both Satoshi and I managed to claim a good vantage point.


My video of the Jacobite Train

Satoshi's video of the Jacobite Train

Satoshi also took a photo.

At the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Our next stop was St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort William. This building was consecrated in 1880 and was designed bt the Architect Alexander Ross.

The organ console was covered in plastic. The sign read "Do not touch. Organ damaged by water". I hoped that it wasn't badly damaged.

The altar and reredos

An angel adorning the reredos. Its expression suggested to me that adorning a reredos is not the most sought after career for an angel.

The mosaic in the centre of the reredos depicting the crucifixion with Mary and John looking on.

Twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple. His parents, who were worried about him because he was lost for three days, can be seen in the background.

Jesus and Joseph getting on with the carpentry business while Mary looks on.

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Mary and Joseph hold the offering (a pair of turtle doves) while Simeon realises that he has seen the Messiah.

Mary and Joseph on the way to Egypt having been warned in a dream by an angel that Herod was planning to kill the baby Jesus.

The Visit of the Three Kings

Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth during which she sings the Magnificat.

The Raising of Lazarus

Looking west from the sanctuary

Someone spent a lot of time arranging these flowers!

"Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted" (One of the Beatitudes.)

A boss on the ceiling.

It was VERY hot in the sun by the time we returned to the car! (It was 25° according to "Siri")

The "Treasures of the Earth" museum in Fort William exhibits crystals, gemstone and fossils. We spent about an hour there.

Zeolite (from India)

Calcite from USA

Rock Crystal (from USA)

"Knightia" fish plate

The fossilised skull of a sabretooth tiger.

Belmnoidea Plate (Morocco)

Metacanthina issoumourensis

Ichthyosaurus Communis
"Juvenile Skeleton"
Mesozoic Era
Lyme Regis Dorset, England

Dinner at the Wetherspoon Pub in Fort William. We both had lasagna.

"The Bronze Ford" commemorates the ascent of Ben Nevis in a Model T Ford by Henry Alexander of Edinburgh.
He left this square on 9th May 1911 and returned triumphant 9 days later.
"One of the most daring feats in the history of motoring"
In May 2011, 77 Stalwarts carried the components of a 1911 car to the summit, where they assembled it in a snowstorm.
That car was used as a template for this Bronze Sculpture cast at Powderhall Bronze Lid, Bainburgh in 2018.

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