Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Scottish Highlands trip: Day three - Corpach-Fort William-Inverness
Today was our last day, and we had a bit of time to spare in-between checking out of the hostel and our bus back to Inverness, we decided to use the time to do a bit of walking. Corpach, the village where we were staying, forms part of the Great Glen Way, the hiking trail from Fort William to Inverness. Since the part of the trail from Corpach leads all the way to the bus station in the centre of town, we decided to do that instead of taking the bus.
The beginning of the trail leads you past the tiny railway station in Corpach and out on to the water front, which on a clear day, affords an excellent view of Ben Nevis in the distance, with its snow caps gleaming. Luckily for us, the sun decided to come out as we started walking. After a short while, the track leads through a small foresty section onto what feels like a seafront, reminding you how close to the sea you actually are in Fort William, even though you can't see it.
Eventually, the route joins up with the road again for a short way, before bypassing a small island and then crossing over a railway bridge to lead you back towards town. As you go along the field, remains of an old castle can be seen on the left, reminding you that this was once Fort country held by the Romans many years ago. Although Fort William is obviously more residential now than anything else, it's tranquil location allows your imagination to wander back to those times with ease, and it is easy to get the impression that very little has changed in these parts for hundreds of years.
All in all, I can say that Fort William is my favourite part of Scotland that I have seen so far, hands down. The peace and tranquillity of the location, combined with the almost complete lack of modernity makes Fort William a very appealing spot for getting away from it all, and I most definitely intend to return before my time in Scotland is done.