What a few days we’ve had, three more beautiful days of glorious sunshine! We couldn’t have asked for more. The Jacobite steam train journey from FortWilliam was great in the sunshine, with spectacular views over the highlands, lochs and Glenfinnan Viaduct en route to Mallaig on the west coast. Loch Morar’s silver beaches glistened as we passed, and the blue waters looked more like something you’d find in the Mediterranean than the west coast of Scotland!

We spent lunchtime by the harbour in Mallaig, many tasting the local seafood or fish and chips and watching the CalMac ferry come and go to Skye. It was such a clear day we had views out over the small isles of Canna, Eigg, Muck and Rum, and the southern tip of Skye and the dramatic Cuillins.

Yesterday we visited the Speyside Heather Centre, which offered plenty of souvenir shopping and a chance to sample the traditional Clootie Dumpling. We then continued up to Grantown on Spey for lunch in the sunshine and a walk in the woods, before stopping in Aviemore for afternoon tea and stunning views up to the Cairngorms.

Everyone seemed a little sad to be leaving the highlands this morning…It is simply a beautiful place to be when it’s as warm and clear as it has been this week! I’ve certainly enjoyed it, and from what I’ve heard I’m not the only one.

For now, I’m almost in Glasgow, looking forward to seeing many of you there!