Day 11 – October 20, 2010
Not much to report today. All I did was go to the Glenfinnan visitors centre, spend a bit (or a lot, depending on what your limit is!) of money buying souvenirs for family, and then waiting at the top of the hill behind the centre for the Jacobite Express to pass over the viaduct. To put it into layman’s terms, I was waiting for the Hogwarts Express to run across the long bridge with multiple arches, as made famous by the Harry Potter movies. Yes, the train, and the bridge are real. The engine was simply repainted for the movies, and everything else is the same as it is in real life, including the coaches. The 21-arch viaduct itself looks wonderful, set between two mountains and arching it’s way across the chasm.
Couldn’t go to Castle Stalker. I’m thinking I could take that route tomorrow, instead of the one via Glencoe. It’s about 25 miles longer, but shouldn’t be much of a difference in terms of time. I have the whole day to get to Glasgow, so 25 miles shouldn’t take a lot of extra time, I think. My last time in Glasgow was nothing short of a nightmare, except the last hour, and I have no intention of making history repeat itself. Even though I have the whole day to get there, I’d rather be done with it by 6, so that my evening is relaxed. My train for Inverness leaves around 10 or 10.30 on the morning of the 22nd, and I’d like to get up early and get to the station well in time with my heavy luggage. That is one train I can’t afford to be late for.
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