From the beginning of my exchange, I knew that I wanted to do a Highland trip during Easter break. Our Easter break here was two weeks long, but I couldn’t spend both of the weeks on travelling, since I had to work on my animation project. So, on Easter Monday, after one week entirely spent with only Adobe After Effects as my company, I set out towards Fort William with my friends Ida and Nina.
Fort William is the biggest town in the Scottish Highlands (if you don’t count in Inverness), but it’s still a pretty small place with only 10,000 inhabitants. The town is dubbed the “Outdoors Capital of Scotland”, and it’s not hard to see why – Fort William is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most famous sights, and the country’s most popular hiking route, the West Highland Way, starts/ends in the town. Sure enough, Fort William emerged as the obvious choice for base camp as we were planning our trip.
We were all prepared for our first day to be only about getting from point A to B, but the bus ride to Fort William actually turned out to be really enjoyable. There were lots of beautiful views to enjoy along the way – from the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to the mountain ridges of Orchy and Glencoe, me and the girls were switching seats from one side of the bus to the other whenever there was something special to see! The other passengers must have been mostly Scottish, since they were mostly preoccupied with their iPads and books, while the three of us were snapping photos on our phones like maniacs.
Mountain ridges around Bridge of Orchy
The Three Sisters of Glencoe
When we arrived in Fort William, we dropped our stuff off at the hostel and went walking around the shores of Loch Linnhe. Fort William isn’t Scotland’s most picturesque town, but what it lacks in cute little houses, it makes up for in the surrounding scenery.
After taking in the scenery, we headed to Lidl to buy some cheap food (as any true backpacker should), and tucked ourselves in pretty early. The next days would be all about hiking in the Highlands, so we needed all the energy we could muster. Next up: Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge!