A grand day out

What do you do with some unexpected time off? That’s the lucky position we found ourselves in recently and we grabbed it!

The guests had left early and we were finished cleaning by 9am. As the rain pelted down the only dilemma was what to do with the rest of the day. A road trip seemed like the best option so we headed west towards Mallaig with the idea of visiting Loch Morar, somewhere neither of us had been to before.

As we travelled along the road towards Glenfinnan we were taken aback by how busy it was. The car parks were bursting at the seams and tourists milled around not sure whether to look at the Glenfinnan Monument and Loch Shiel or watch for the Jacobite steam train that was heading towards the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Luckily for us we weren’t stopping and we continued driving along the spectacular road to the isles.

Just before you reach Mallaig, Loch Morar is the deepest freshwater body of water in Britain and is allegedly home to its own monster, Morag! She was a bit shy, but the walk along the shore was beautiful and as the weather improved so did the views. As we walked back to the car the Rum Cuillin to the east was visible. We even did a bit of hostel promotion to a group of walkers from Forfar! They were continuing on towards Tarbet on Loch Nevis and a boat trip back to Mallaig, which sounded fun. Another trip, perhaps?

On the drive home we hugged the west coast south of Mallaig to see the beautiful sandy beaches of Arisaig and more views of Rum and Eigg before heading home. What a grand day out and a surprise treat. It might be a while before we get another day off!

Helen and Greg
info@saddlemountainhostel.co.uk
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