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highlands itinerary help

I'm working on an itinerary for a week in Scotland, and it looks like I will have a day to get from Inverness to Oban. What were your favorite stop along the way and why? I will have already done Loch Ness/Urquhart castle as an afternoon trip from Inverness. Unfortunately these stops have to be accessible by public transport as well. Priority given to natural highlands beauty, and I am not opposed to long walks.

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I see after 3 days no one has replied to your question, so I'm going to give it a shot but I'm not claiming substantial experience in the area. Also I had a car when I did it and you will have to determine whether the bus routes operated by Scottish Citylink get you to these sites.First a link to Rick's discussion of the area: clickIt's easier for me to discuss them in the order that I saw them starting from Oban and going towards Inverness, you'll be going in the reverse direction.You can discover "Glencoe's dark secrets in the Weeping Glen, where Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis, keeps its head in the clouds." And Glencoe Valley has been called the "essence of the wild, powerful, and stark beauty of the Highlands." (I'm quoting from guidebooks)You mentioned hikes: for a steep 1 mile hike, climb the Devil's staircase. From Fort William you can take a peek at Britain's highest peak, Ben Nevis.The Caledonian Canal is three locks that cut Scotland in two and the best stop is Fort Augustus where the Canal hits Loch Ness.

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Most of the walks I know are in the other directions from Inverness. But, I did enjoy going up to Glen Nevis, which is near Fort William. Beautiful scenery. I think part Braveheart or Rob Roy was filmed there. There is a moving monument to the commandos from World War II just to the north of Spean Bridge. They did most of their training in that area and the views from the monument are wonderful. If you're a Prince Charlie fan then take the side to Glenn Finnan to see where the first landed for the 45. It's a beautiful spot. I think though you should figure on 90 minutes there and back though.