A better day, and a more strenuous walk from Kinlochleven up the Blackwater reservoir. Fortunately it wasn’t necessary to use this bridge!


The extensive Blackwater reservoir [56 42 20 N, 4 51 42 W] was built in the early 1900s to power an aluminium smelter down in Kinlochleven via hydroelectricity. The aluminium plant closed in 2000, although the hydro plant is still running. For no very good reason the top of the reservoir is closed, and we had to scramble our way around its base.


The flecks of veil on the cap suggest a member of the usually toxic amanita genus.

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(L) Views of the tarns below the reservoir – pretty but breeding grounds for evil blood-sucking clegs. (R) Looking north across the Leven valley towards the Mamores.

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(L) The conduit from the Blackwater reservoir to the hydroelectric plant. (R) Not the smallest leak we saw on the pipeline!

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The Glencoe lochan was on the doorstep of the cottage.  This beautiful small lake and the surrounding forest was landscaped by Donald Smith, Lord Strathcona for his wife, who was homesick for her native Canada.


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Neptune’s Staircase [56 50 44 N, 5 5 43 W] – a set of eight locks on the Caledonian canal, a ship canal which cuts through the Great Glen to link the East and West coasts of Scotland.


Looking down at the Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Shiel – a monument to the Jacobite rising of 1745 led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.


Boat on Loch Linnhe at Ardgour.

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