Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scenes around Fort William

Fort William was a nice little town situated near the base of Ben Nevis, on the shores of Loch Lhinne. 

Downtown Fort William, Scotland
The downtown was mostly dominated by touristy shops full of tartan-related souvenirs, all sorts of whiskey and shortbreads, and all the other cheap thingamajings that tourists like to get.  As we were chiefly in the area for Ben Nevis, this did not disappoint us as we explored the town.

Alexandra Hotel, Fort William, Scotland
There were some pretty buildings, such as the Alexandra Hotel.

Tree carving on church, Fort William, Scotland
There were several churches, one of them with a lovely tree carving above the entrance.

Public library, Fort William, Scotland
There was a public library where we checked our email. Noticing that I was logging in from a different IP address than normal, Facebook made me validate my online identity.

English breakfast at Cafe 115, Fort William, Scotland
A typical English breakfast that did us quite well after the Carn Mor Dearg Arete hike.
There was a nice cafe (Cafe 115) that we kept returning to for breakfast and afternoon tea.  They had giant scones that were tasty, but quite different from the dense scones I'm used to in America.  Theirs were more cake-like, delicately sweet with an airy crumb.

"Elderly people" road sign next to cemetery in Fort William, Scotland
I found this sign sadly amusing.
 We walked past this cemetery and the nursing home near it along this road quite a bit between Achintee Farm and Fort William.

"Lollies and choc bars" in Morrison's, Fort William, Scotland
We did not get a lolly.
We visited Morrison's to stock up on food for our next hike. I did not find the rows of marmalade and marmite enticing. 

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