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The Greatest Train Journey in The World!….

Now, I don’t know whether that is strictly true, having limited experience of great train journeys, however that’s how it was advertised, and I decided that it might just be the mini travel adventure I needed.

I have travelled on trains in a few countries including India, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and America. All of these journeys have been memorable for me in some way or another whether that be the insights into different cultures, breath-taking scenery, or simply the novelty of travelling in a new country and unfamiliar environments. One particular train journey in India will stay with me throughout my life, as it involved an accident and me coming face to face with death, for the first time.  But that’s too deep to explore in this post.

There is something so nostalgic about steam trains – a piece of the past, and one unknown to me at my age, right here in the present.

So I decided to go for it: “AAAALLLL AAAABOARD!! The Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig, in ‘Bonnie Scotland’.

The tour however, which was by bus, departed from Glasgow (just a few days ago on Friday 7th July 2017), which meant travelling up to and spending an afternoon and an overnight in Oban before setting off for the Fort William departure by train the next morning.

A Whistle Stop in Oban:

Now Oban itself is a lovely harbour town, with interesting walks, Oban Whiskey Distillery https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/oban-distillery-visitors-centre-p418591, McCaig’s Tower https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/mccaigs-tower-p255141 , boats and more boats, and plenty of nice eating places, including those where you can sample some delicious Scottish chips!

From Oban to Fort William to Mallaig:

The next morning I awoke to a beautiful view of the sun on the water, followed by a bus journey from Oban to Fort William where I boarded the Jaobite Steam Train for the first time, and made the journey from Fort William to Mallaig and back again.

It was definitely a memorable adventure, and a great opportunity for a spot of photography. Here are some photos that I took on my trip. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

P.S. I have plenty more photos of my trip – if you would like to see more, whether of Oban, Mallaig (which I haven’t posted here), or the Jacobite Steam Train and the Glenfinnan Viaduct, feel free to let me know and I can create a subsequent Gallery post.

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An Adventure on the Jacobite Express over the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Weekly Photo Challenge – ‘Bridge’

If it has felt like there has been a bridge between us for a while, with no sight of me, due to the fact that I haven’t blogged now for a few days, let it be known, my friends that this is for a good reason…

Yes, life and work has been busy and tiring at times, however, some of that time away from the blog has also been spent satisfying my ‘Wanderlust’ with some ‘wee adventures’…

So what a pleasant surprise it was when I reconnected with my blog to see that this week’s photo challenge is on the theme of ‘Bridge’! Well, the reason I am so pleasantly surprised by this is that just two days ago I was making my first journey on the Jacobite Express Steam Train in the North of Scotland from Fort William to Mallaig, travelling over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. Now, I’m not a fan of Harry Potter and haven’t seen any of the films, however, you cannot go on the Jacobite and over the Glenfinnan Viaduct without being made well aware of the connections with the film.

If you have ever had the pleasure to travel or even live in Scotland, then you’ll know what a beautiful country it is, especially along the coast or up North. The train journey made it all the more spectacular. It truly was an exciting photography expedition for me, and I took these photographs with my head and arm out of the window as we curved around the viaduct.

I can safely say that these are some of the most enjoyable photos I’ve taken recently, and definitely ones that I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to take. Furthermore, the very acts of travelling and photography have turned out to be a bridge between me and fellow travellers who have requested that I email them my pictures as a memento for the journey.

Have you ever taken this trip? If so how did you enjoy your experience?

Much love. xx

 

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