On Saturday, May 20th, we started our trip home by taking the train from Fort William to Glasgow. It was a very pleasant 3-hour trip to the Queen Street Station. We took a taxi from there to our hotel, Jurys Inn.
A couple of days earlier, in Mallaig, we had asked our young waitress at breakfast where we could go to hear some live Scottish music Saturday night in Glasgow. She highly recommended a bar called Avant Garde, which was not far from the hotel we would be staying at. We arrived for dinner at about 8:00 pm, just as an accordionist started playing Scottish dance songs. We were quite surprised at the majority of patrons at that time were older folks, many of them obviously regulars. Very soon they were up on the dance floor, and we took it all in as we ate our dinner.
By the time we had finished, the makeup of the crowd had started to shift. Younger people were coming in, mainly gathering at the bar or filling in the empty tables. But very soon, they too were up on the dance floor. A couple of the young men arrived wearing kilts, and they began trolling the available women, young and old, for dance partners. The accordionist was orchestrating the whole affair by playing tunes that were fit for high energy line and circle dances, many requiring rotating partners, giving brief instructions regarding the steps and maneuvers involved. Then more young people arrived, including more guys in kilts, and the place really started hopping. We gave it all a fair shake, and we had a blast in doing so, eventually making our way back to our hotel for our early morning departure quite a bit sweatier than when we left.