Day Four:  Glencoe to Mallaig and the Harry Potter Train!  Toot!  Toot!

After a hearty breakfast, with Loch Linnhe on our left we headed north towards Fort William and Neptune's Staircase.  Conceived by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s, this staircase-style boat lock serves the Caledonian Canal.   Heading westerly, running alongside Loch Eil, we searched out the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct recognized by Harry Potter fans the world over as quintessential Hogwarts.  We stationed ourselves near the tracks and in the distance, we could hear the steam whistle tooting. 

We had a fantastic lunch at the Dining Car Café in Glennfinnan:  Too-mah-toe Courgette Bisque soup with Cheese and haggis toastie.  Yum!  Great rainy day lunch!


As luck would have it, we managed to make it to Mallaig ahead of the train.

We enjoyed a walk-about in Mallaig prior to dinner at a local pub, the Steam Inn.  We were "treated" to an American family at the table too closely adjacent to ours.  Stereotype American tourists -- loud, opinionated about the roads and everything else Scots, and drunk. 

Crazy American Tourista, complete with sequined ball cap...

Crazy American Tourista, complete with sequined ball cap...

We had a wonderful overnight at the Moorings B&B in Mallaig.  Great view (above left) from the window.  Well appointed room, and even a gratis decanter of local whisky.  This one rates a 5/5, along with Castle Croft in Stirling!