Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
After a wonderful day around Inveraray, it’s beautiful castle, and quaint, small-town feel, BC and I ate a Scottish breakfast before heading out of the road towards Isle of Skye.
The breakfast from Brambles B&B was meaty and full of protein as Scottish breakfasts are. I had pork sausage, blood sausage, beans, grilled tomato, bacon (Canadian-bacon-esque), fried egg, toast, and coffee. I ate most of it and good thing because it had to hold me over all day on our travels towards Skye.
Before we arrive on Isle of Skye, there was so much to see! I am a huge Harry Potter fan so I insisted that BC drive only slightly out of the way towards Glenfinnan and Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Glenfinnan Viaduct is the shooting location in the Harry Potter movies where the Hogwarts Express is traveling from London to Hogwarts with Harry and the gang.
Earlier this September it was also the 19 year anniversary of the last Harry Potter book release making it Harry’s son, Albus Severus’s first journey to Hogwarts in 2017. I only missed seeing him pass by me by a few weeks. The Jacobite Steam Train, that looks like the Hogwarts Express runs from Fort William to Mallaig, so passing by here twice per day. We weren’t lucky enough to see the fancy steam train but we did see a normal train ride over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Also in Glenfinnan is the Glenfinnan Monument overlooking Loch Shiel. It was a pretty area and the sun was shining.
After hiking around Glenfinnan, it was time to hunker down for our drive to the Isle of Skye. There are two options for getting to Skye- a car ferry or the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh. Right before the Kyle is the 13th Century, Eilean Donan Castle. Inside the castle has been renovated and integrity preserved. A visit is well worth it.
Once on Isle of Skye safely parked at Orchard House B&B, we walked the 10 minutes into town to find some food. At 6pm you would not think this would be so hard but it was. The first 2 places we tried we were turned away. Both of us are starting to get a complex. It seems like Scotland doesn’t want us to eat anything except breakfast. Eventually we found The Caledonian Café which had a few tables and some delicious sounding burgers. BC ordered the ridiculous Angus Burger (which was a double meat, double cheese) and loved it.
I ordered the much more sensible burger with Scotland cheddar cheese and housed it. It was a little like we had never eaten before. Apparently that is what happens when you skip lunch in lieu of trying to get to a castle before it closes!
Instagram told me it was National Cheeseburger Day or some such nonsense so I guess we ordered appropriately for the day! And a Skye Blonde for me. BC had a different Skye beer which was equally as tasty.
And with that beer and all that sightseeing, we turned into pumpkins. Home and in bed by 9pm. But tomorrow we are exploring the Isle of Skye!