WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Unlike on our previous trips to Britain, we decided to travel by train rather than rent a car. We booked a package with Edinburgh-based Absolute Escapes that included a rail pass, itinerary, and bed and break- fasts. The company offers a variety of self-guided tours geared to differ- ent interests and pocketbooks. After going through passport control and changing planes at dawn in Dublin, we arrived in Glasgow about an hour later, without addi- tional border checks. We had plenty of time to catch breakfast at a pub near the station and to make our midday train from Glasgow northwest to Fort William. After snaking our way through industrial and suburban Glasgow, we found ourselves in the Scotland of the travel brochures: lush green meadows, forests, and increasingly mountainous terrain as we entered the Highlands. We would go miles without sighting any living creature besides sheep, cows, or an occasional hiker. One advantage of train travel is that the tracks pass through wilderness; you can imagine you've left civilization behind. Fort Williams, population 10,000, sits at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak, and along the shores of Loch Linnhe. The older section of town centers on a pedestrian mall. Of all the towns we visited, we found this to be the most touristy. The restaurants were crowded, and many shared similarly worded menus. We did take advantage of the many sporting goods stores that were having end-of-season sales; thanks to the pound's plunge after the Brexit vote, our dollars went much farther than they would have just a few months before. Typical of our accommodations, our bed and breakfast was tidy, equipped with all the modern conveniences (including Wi-Fi), and left: Glen Coe, Highland; right: Walking up to visit the Old Man of Storr J U D I T H M A A S C O U R T E S Y O F V I S I T S C O T L A N D / P. T O M K I N S 192 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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