The picture at the top is of Glenfinnan which is west of the town of Fort William. This is famous to historians, or indeed anyone, as it is the landing point for Bonnie Prince Charlie. The fight for the British throne gathered momentum at Glenfinnan where he raised the Jacobite standard and rallied his clansmen for battle. And today, children will be able to associate it more with Harry Potter as the viaduct just behind from where this photograph was taken was used in the film. In September 2001 and in 2003 filming of the second and third books, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ and ‘Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban’ took place with ‘Hogwarts Express.
However this trip (about 120 miles there) will take about 3 hours drive but it will take you through and across some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery – right up the west side of Loch Lomond, across Rannoch Moor, and through Glen Coe.
Scotland’s capital city is just 125 miles and we do it in around 90 minutes. There is so much to see and do here that a full day ought to be considered. Scotland’s most visited attraction is Edinburgh Castle and working you way up or down the Royal Mile with the castle at the top and Holyrood House adn the new Scottish Parliament at the lowere end there are many other places to visit.
Glasgow is also a must visit city and you can be there in just under an hour. For just a couple of places to see just north eact of the city center is the redevloped Kelvingrove Art Gallery and there’s the new Museum of Transport just down by The Clyde and the fabulous Botanical Gardens.
A wonderful area that you might need to go to twice to enjoy all there is to see. This was once a wild frontier land, home to supposedly lawless clans. Countless writers, poets and artists have come to the area and its loch shores, mesmerised by stories of Rob Roy MacGregor and the clans who lived around these wild hills. Britons, Scots, Picts and Romans have all left remnants of their existence, though undoubtedly, it is Rob Roy who has captured the imagination of those who followed his life. About 40 minutes by car.
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Places to visit:
Doune Motor Museum
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre
Hamilton Toy Collection
Queen Elizabeth forest Park Visitor Centre
Trossachs Visitor Centre
Scottish Wool Centre
Dunaverig Framlife Centre
Achray Forest Drive
Rob Roys Grave
Waterfalls and Viewpoints
The Dukes Pass
The Falls of Lenny
Lake of Menteith
To get to the area will take about an hour by car.