I have been quite busy, this is my first post in quite a while.
Ft. William is both a work-a -day town and a tourist town in the Highlands. It has a wonderful pedestrian mall that we liked quite a bit. Braveheart (William Morris) was involved in a rebellion against the English here. This area was involved in the later rebellion Charles Edward Steward (Bonnie Prince Charlie) tried to lead an uprising of local clans against the Hanover rulers of England who controlled Scotland. He failed, and fled – this series of events contributed to the decline of the tight clan system, and a situation where the lords forced common people off the land, so they could bring in profitable herds of sheep. This is a short description of a complex history. This area, like many parts of the Highlands are less populated than they might have been if people had been able to stay here.
It’s a gorgeous area. Ben Evin, Britain’s highest peak is here. Its bare, rocky peak is one of many that rise above forests of birches, ash, and willows. Countless birds call from the forests; white butterflies and golden dragonflies dash about. Streams cut down the slopes of mountains. Grasslands filled with Scotland’s ever present sheep lie between the mountains and Ft. William. The beauty is tinged with history’s sadness, and the sadness with beauty.
Here are some photos. The first shows the mountains. The second shows Ft. William and the third is of the grasslands.