Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of valour, the country of Worth,
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.
My Heart's in the Highlands by Robert Burns
The view from Ben Nevis
The views from the Scottish Highlands take your breath away. You can sit for hours watching the clouds paint patterns on the ground below.
The Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge
Near Spean Bridge, we came across the Commando Memorial and its Garden of Remembrance. The cast bronze sculpture looks south towards Ben Nevis. The soldier depicted at the front is thought to be Commando Frank Nicholls. It is over five metres tall and is the most dominant landmark for miles around.
It became the most poignant part of our mini pilgrimage to the Highlands. The Garden of Remembrance houses the memories of hundreds of fallen Commandos from the French beach raid of Dieppe to the dusty roads of Afghanistan.
The Garden of Remembrance
The Majestic View of Ben Nevis from the Commando Memorial
On our way back from Ben Nevis we found a small waterfall with a pool and the end of a modest Loch. We stopped for a visit and found a swimmer cooling off from the sticky humidity that prevails when the Sun opens up to Bonnie aul' Scotland.
Scotland is a place full of interesting characters, with interesting stories to tell. This chap below we met when we went on a steam train for a spot of lunch. He was at one of the stations, complete with a top hat and a smile.
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