An area of outstanding natural beauty and dramatic scenery, narrated by Alma Cadzow and sponsored by the best places to visit, eat and stay.

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The West Highlands and Mull is rich in clan history from the powerful MacDonald lords of the Isles to centuries later the massacre of the MacDonalds at Glencoe. The area witnessed the last threat to the British monarchy with the Jacobite uprising - the '45 - starting and ending on these shores. The Appin murder followed, a miscarriage of justice, with the real murderer still a matter of speculation. It's no surprise the area is popular with film directors with Highlander, Braveheart and even Harry Potter all filmed hereabouts. Starting at Fort William, which has been known by no less than five names, we journey south to Loch Leven, and Glencoe. Infamous for the dreadful massacre on the 13th Feb. 1692. Then onto Rannoch Moor and Tyndrum, the site of an earlier battle at which Robert the Bruce lost the 'Broach of Lorn' and nearly his life. Revenge was sought at the Pass of Brander a few years later. At Taynuilt are Iron works that made the cannon balls used at the Battle of Trafalgar. We take the Corran Ferry to Ardgour and onto Strontian, which gave its name to the mineral still mined here. Then onto Lochaline and over to the Isle of Mull. Visiting the castles of Torosay and Duart then south to Lochdonhead and the Ross of Mull crossing over to Iona- the birthplace of the Scottish church. We circumnavigate Mull, passing Dervaig and Tobermory. From here we sail to Ardnamurchan the most westerly point in the UK. Then over the hills of Moidart to the 'Road to the Isles' passing Arisaig, Morar onto Mallaig. Travel south past Glenfinnan and see the point of departure for the fleeing Prince and half a mile away the site of the raising of the standard at the start of the '45. Return to Fort William and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK and then travel up the Great Glen to Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge.

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