Friday, June 10, 2011

Fort William and Oban

Near Fort William is the highest mountain in the British Isles, already mentioned Ben Nevis (1,343 m). We pitched camp at the foot of the mountain, the valley of Glen Nevis, the famous that was filmed there, "Braveheart" and "Rob Roy". We were worried that the fickle Scottish weather does not allow us to gain the summit, but ultimately failed to do so. After five hours of walking we reached the target. It was worth it, because the view compensates for all the efforts in approach. On top of small mounds usypujÄ… tourists. Each arriving should make a stone. The apex is very flat and wide, looks a bit like the surface of the moon. You get to see the east coast and the island of Skye.

Going south-west not miss Oban. This is one of the many charming towns of the Scottish port, which stands a granite hilltop amphitheater built by the local rich man. The town is the starting point for hybrids. Just 40 minutes ferry ride to be on the neighboring island of Mull - called the rainy island. So we decided to take the ferry to the main port of Mull - Craignure. The island was only a stopover on our way to Iona, which lies about a mile from the south-western extremity of Mull. The beauty of the place enchanted us so much that we decided to stay longer. We spent the night in Fionnphort, a town at the point of the westernmost tip, stem, where ferries to Iona. Tent pitched on the shore, so as to have a view of one of the smallest, but most legendary Scottish islands. The road to it takes only several minutes. The same island can move up and down within a few hours (about 5 km long and 1.5 km wide). Ionia is located on the Abbey which commemorates the activities of St. Kolumby. He probably arrived in Ireland in the year 563 (as proclaim the legend, like all missionaries from the West, on a stone mill), to spread Christianity in the pagan Scotland. Soon, a small resort, which he was the creator of "radiate" throughout the country. Today it is a land of worship and the goal of many pilgrimages