A slightly late start to the day, as our hotel had wifi that actually worked pretty well, something we struggled with for the next week or so. So we took advantage of the speedy wifi to catch-up on the blog!
Then we spent much of the day driving along the side of several beautiful lochs, and we really started to appreciate the importance of the large network of Scottish ferries.
Photo of the day
A pigeon keeping an eye on us from the rather green walls of Dunstaffnage Castle.
First stop of the day, just north of Oban at Dunstaffnage Castle, standing proud over Loch Etive. Famous for the imprisonment of Flora MacDonald after she helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape Scotland.
Castle Stalker reflecting in Loch Laich. Monty Python used this tower house as one of the settings in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Loch Eil and Ben Nevis
Refelctions across the still Loch Eil. We had first traveled west along the north side of Loch Eil from Fort William, but the road was surprisingly busy. However, when we turned off along the south side, we ended up on a lovely quiet lane that then continued on along the west side of Loch Linnhe.
Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak starting to emerge from the cloud.
And almost out of the cloud.
Corran Lighthouse at the Corran-Ardgour ferry crossing.
Mother and fawn, nervously keeping an eye on us as we drove by on the way to the Sound of Mull.
This road isn’t big enough for the two of us!
Nice beaver, sorry, I mean otter.
Last ferry of the day from Lochaline to Fishnish (love that name) on the Isle of Mull. We then double backed on ourselves to Strontian for the night.
172 miles on day fifteen, one of our longer drives, and we packed in some great sights along the way from Carradale to Oban.
Photo of the day
After another huge Scottish breakfast, we checked out Carradale’s small harbour. Just us, the seagulls and a solitary boat off on an early morning sail.
The remains of Saddell Abbey, built by Irish monks in the 1100s, it had operated as a local centre of worship for 350 years.
As we drove closer to Campbeltown, Davaar Island emerged in the distance, with views over to its Lighthouse.
Logs stacked along the harbour at Campbeltown.
Along the long winding road to the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse this young deer spotted us.
Quickly sniffed the air … then did a runner into the woodland.
Mull of Kintyre
The Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse. Following in the footsteps of Paul McCartney. We had to walk the final stretch down a steep lane from the cliffs above… we only walked part way and ‘zoomed’ the rest 😉
Lush green or deep purple foliage everywhere you look.
The views down to the secluded Carskey Bay from the lane back from the Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse.
A surfer braving the cold waters at Westport Beach.
One of the sculptured stones found in Kilberry, from around the 14th century.
The track past the stones.
Perfect reflections in the still Crinan Canal at Cairnbaan.
And more reflections further down the Crinan Canal at Bellanoch.
Enjoying the views across Loch Crinan from Old Crinan Harbour.
Views form the top of Dunadd Fort, one of the most important early medieval sites in Scotland. Legend says that the hero Ossian left the footprint in this stone when he leapt 1km from Rhudle Hill.
The Nether Largie Standing Stones, Temple Wood, placed here around 3,200 years ago. They align with the rising and the setting of the moon and sun at significant times.
Buoys on Loch Melfort.
The warm evening light at Loch Feochan, near Kilninver.
The sun starting to set over Oban Bay.
Daylight almost gone as the sky turned to a dusty pink.