2019 Aug/Sept. South Africa, Scotland, Switzerland, Singapore travel blog

Oban Distillery

Ferry terminal with Folly which looks like the Colosseum

Duart Castle

Highland Coo

Old discarded boats on Isle of Mull

Day 21. Tuesday. 3/9/2019. Ballachulish to Isle of Mull

Despite the continual rain and mist, we have a great day today. It just meant that we couldn’t see everything clearly. And we were all wishing that some of this lovely, gentle rain would fall in Australia for a week or so.

We went by bus to Oban where the ferry leaves for Isle of Mull where we were visiting Duart Castle. We had a couple of hours in the nice little port town, then boarded the ferry for the 50 minute crossing. I was a little nervous, wearing my wrist band, and plaster over my belly-button - a new ‘remedy’ we were told, but the sea was mostly flat and calm and I arrived intact. The owner Sir Lachlan Maclean had phoned our Guide to say they had run out of sandwiches, but there was soup!!! So soup we had! It’s only a small castle which was interesting and we climbed right to the top around narrow spiral cement steps for the views over the Sound of Mull and lovely grounds and gardens. Of course, there was scaffolding around the castle, and because of the rain, Margaret our Guide, had arranged that we go for a drive around the island, as it was too wet to enjoy the gardens and walks. It’s an interesting island and our bus driver was very knowledgeable having spent many holidays here. He told us about ‘crofters’ and explained what it meant to be a crofter as his father is one on the Isle of Skye. He talked about his childhood, boarding school at 12, his grandparents and great uncle (all crofters) who at 86 still ran 40 sheep. Sometimes crofters can buy their house and land, and his father is considering now whether to do this.

A little rougher coming back, but we were back at Oban in no time. More interesting stories from Angus our Driver about the Jacobites, then home in time for dinner followed by a Whiskey tasting night. The guy doing it was Scottish and had such a broad accent that I couldn’t understand him, but laughed along with the rest. An interesting night.

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