We were approaching the time ,scheduled for our return to India. So a decision was made to turn these numbered days in UK in to the most memorable ones. In a jiffy a plan was made to Visit Scotland.
A Car Trip for 4 days was planned We a group of 4 (Me, Nilesh , Ashish and Shuchi)were all set to hit the road in the first week of April. We carefully decided what to cover in those 4 days. Fort William , Nevis Range, Glenfinnan , Eilean Donan , the list was endless. We choose to bypass Edinburgh and Glasgow to have a chance to look at Scottish country and highlands beauty.
We started our journey at 3 in morning towards Invernesshire -Fort William, 9-10 hours and equal cups of tea later ,we actually entered heaven before dying :)( Lord knows if I will have a pass to heaven when I die ..:)).
Saying that it was breathtakingly beautiful would be an understatement. Snow covered hills glistering in the sun , the sight was enchanting. We stopped our car and stared at the scene open mouthed (I swear all four of us were silent for minutes ,each of us soaking it in !)
Pure ,white coluds trying to embrace the equally white hills alongside a sparkling blue water lake felt like a scene from a romantic moview where two lovers are meeting after a long long separation. This felt like a place where nature gets to romance!
After a refreshing rest we carried on our journey to a beautiful Loch Leven Hotel ,North Ballachulish, Onich, Nr Fort William, Inverness-shire.
The village of Ballachulish was very very beautiful !
The staff was were very warm and welcoming. We went to our rooms . But it felt like a waste of time to even go to the rooms for freshning up .After flat 45 minutes , we were out on the road again. First we roamed around the area nearby on foot , it was sunny but weather was cold. We walked on this beautiful bridge
It was picturesque view from the bridge!
After visiting the iconic bridge we moved to see one marvelous inventions of history,the Fortune steps ... it was amazing how they moved ships from low water level to high water level in the 17th century
As it was still sunny and weather was in our favor , we decided to Visit the famous Nevis Range!
Its around 7 miles north of Fort William. We took the famous gondola ride to the Aonach Mor
(8th highest mountain in Britain). This Journey allowed breathtaking views of Scottish high lands, great glen , Ben Nevis and much more. As we went in the month of April ,Winter was receding and nature was welcoming spring. We saw a mix of green and white .Valleys and plains bountiful of lush green grass and trees surrounded by snow covered white hills on both sides!. Made me realize Green and White is an eternal combination , always beautiful and so pure.
Aonach Mor was fully covered in snow and as soon as descended from our gondola we reached for snow ! We were kids the next moment throwing balls at each other trying to hike up the snow covered hill!It was fun. Freezing cold and a cup of extremely hot tea made the whole experience almost magical.
After refreshing our tired bodied with tea , we started our journey down towards base . It was quite late by then and when finally it was difficult to see any thing clearly due to sunset we retreated to our room for a much deserved rest ..happy and content!