Great Glen Way - Fort William
Day 0 of our holidays. We spend most of the day in doubt in doubt if we would be able to travel. A fire in a timber yard (it is hard to imagine a better place for a fire...) disrupted trains from Euston Station most of the day. However St Christopher, patron of travellers, had his eye on the ball and made sure the Caledonian Sleeper departed as planned. And as an added bonus he also helped us secure that last available table in the dining car. Clearly St. Chris was on a roll that day.
We ordered our regular meal for dinner, haggis, tatties and neaps, and as usual the dish was microwaved to perfection. Funny enough I don't mean this ironically. Even though the food in the dining car of the Caledonian Sleeper is prepared in a microwave, the quality and taste are surprisingly good. After dinner, which we washed down with a nice bottle of Argentinian Malbec we were ready to retreat to our cabins and let the gentle rocking of the carriages put us to sleep.
The next morning we woke up and eagerly made our way to the breakfast lounge car. There awaited us our preordered breakfast of scrambled eggs with a generous portion of scottish salmon, accompanied by fantastic views of the highlands. A slight annoyance was that we shared our table with Brigit Jones's love child, a London lass who couldn't stop chattering to a small parade of male table companions.
At 10:00 we arrived as planned in Fort William, where we spend a relaxed day seeing some sights and enjoying a highly anticipated dinner in the wonderful Crannog Fish Restaurant. If you ever visit Fort William, make sure you have dinner there. Booking in advance is definitely necessary as both times we have been there the restaurant was fully booked.