Sunday morning I walked over to Avenue G, a coffee shop that Syiniyi and David are fond of. I had the eggs crocette with scones and "pour over" coffee. It was good but not something I'd have again...the coffee was excellent though. I am getting to like good coffee I must admit. From there I went for a little walk around the area and got myself misplaced and had to be directed back to Byers Road!! I enjoyed my little wander though. I love the West End of Glasgow however and would definitely stay there again. Syiniyi and David are a cute couple and David loved to chat so learned a lot about Glasgow and Glaswegians from him. The flat was nice and my room was huge - I'd definitely stay there again if I return to Glasgow.
I got my luggage and headed to the subway station and there was David waiting for me...I had left a connection for a memory card there. So nice of him. Anyway I got to Queen St. station, grabbed a cappuccino at Costa Coffee. Turns out the others were sitting not far from me and I didn't even notice. Anyway off we went to Fort William. The four hour journey was made even longer by partiers on the train. Luckily I had my MP3 player so listened to music and read as I was sitting on my own. Upon arrival June and I took the luggage by taxi to the B and B which was out in the country then came back and met the others. We had a brief look around in the town then went to the Ben Nevis pub for supper. I had three mini pies - beef, chicken and ham with mashed potatoes and leeks and cabbage. And a beer....It was good although I could only get barely half way through my pint. I am just not a beer drinker really; I prefer wine. But being in Scotland I feel I should try the local sauce.
Back to the B & B - we had all picked up tiny bottles of wine so we gathered in our triple room and drank our wine and visited.
The next morning we had a breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms and toast. (the others had tomato and beans but I like my beans steaming hot and I am awfully fussy about my tomatoes...) Then off we went to the station, June and I dropped our luggage off at our new bed and breakfast.
The Jacobite steam train was great fun and the weather was lovely - we were so lucky. If we didn't close the windows when we went through tunnels though we got speckles of coal all over the place! It was such a beautiful journey - well it is supposed to be THE most beautiful railway journey in the world. I did this trip once before in 1994 but it was on a normal train - not a steam powered one. Here are a few of the photos I took along the way....
|Shovelling coal at Mallaig|
|Glenfinnan Viaduct - used in Harry Potter movies but I saw it before the hype!!|