I don’t know whether it’s because I’m giving lots of thought to my road trip around Scotland in June but I’m noticing more Scottish-based programmes on TV than normal like Susan Calman’s ‘Secret Scotland’ this Friday (Channel 5, 9pm) and the new murder drama ‘Shetland’ starting next Tuesday (BBC1, 9pm). I’m hoping that it’s the first of these programmes will inspire me the most! So far, I’ve posted about my planned stay on Loch Lomond, whale watching and heading off to the Outer Hebrides but today’s post is about about my next leg with the first stop off at a very famous viaduct.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you might just recognise the viaduct shown above as it features as the bridge to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Goblet of Fire. It’s called Glenfinnan Viaduct and is on the West Highland Line. It seems like it was a popular place to visit anyway but, when the films came out, it was almost swamped with visitors trying to get a glimpse. And, yes, it’s been a few years now since the last film but I think the magic of Harry Potter will continue for a long time yet. I’ve already visited some other filming locations in London (such as Leadenhall Market) and I had THE most amazing time at the Harry Potter Studio Tour which is just north of London .
After photographing the viaduct with hopefully a steam train going across, I’ll be on my way to the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola which will take me 650 metres up. You might be expecting me to say that the gondola will take me up ‘Ben Nevis’ as the name should be a bit of a clue but, no! It’ll take me up Aonach Mor which is the 8th highest mountain in Britain and it should give spectacular views. In fact, on a clear day, The Inner Hebrides should be shot. However, it seems on TripAdvisor that some people are leaving reviews that they’ve been up Ben Nevis. Oops! There’s a restaurant at the top and a couple of walks to hopefully capture some stunning shots. Apparently, the weather in Scotland can really change quickly so I’ll come prepared for all seasons!
And then I’ll be on my way to my next destination for two nights: Inverness. I’ll tell you at the weekend what I’m going to get up to!