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Oct 8, 2018 - Cairngorms Nat'l Park, Glen Coe & Oban

We set out early in the day. Our drive from coast to coast was supposed to take 4.5 hours, but with sightseeing planned, we knew it would take longer (and it did...we didn't arrive for 8 hours - let's just say chief navigator Elisa missed a turn - whoops). But the detour - while annoying as hell - did help us get our driving/navigating/tension processes down pat, so it was smooth sailing the rest of the trip, even when we got off track. We came to look at those metaphorical bumps in the road as part of the "adventure". First stop - Braemar...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - Day 24

This morning we caught the car ferry to the Isle of Mull. There is only a single lane (with passing bays) road around the island so we took a left and went to Fionnphort. An amazing drive which my photos don’t do justice. Once at Fionnphort we caught the passenger ferry over to Iona, a little island with an Abbey and lots of history. Once we’d had a look around we jumped back in the car and went to the other end of the island, Tobermory. Really pretty little village but by this time the weather had set in so we went to the pub for a beer...

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The PJs On Tour

Jun 16, 2018 - Day 23

It started off a wet, miserable day in Dunoon this morning. We made our way to Oban taking back (single lane) roads along the coast. Very picturesque - if you follow on a map.... Balliemeanoch Achadunan Inveraray Furnace Lochgair Lochgilphead Tarbert kilberry Kilmichael Arduaine Kilniner then to Oban, a beautiful little port. We are staying in this hotel that looks impressive but is a bit ‘Faulty Towers’. If you are bored and need a laugh jump on TripAdvisor and check out the reviews for the Muthu Alexander Hotel, Oban. However, so far...

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The PJs On Tour

Jul 8, 2017 - Steerage

We checked in to the Great Western hotel in Oban Friday night. It's a stately waterfront property with great views of the bay and distant Mull Island. All said, it is a little out of our budget comfort zone, but there was very little available in greater Oban. When we were given our key, we were directed to the basement. While we have had lower level berths in overnight ferries, I don't remember being given a $150+ basement room. As we made our way down and then through the long hallway, I said to Mo, "I feel like we're in steerage." Unlike...

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Back to Europe

Aug 28, 2016 - Oban

Today has been an adventure. Weather began rainy and cool, but changed to sunny and cool. My first, and as things turned out, best destination was to the Castle Eilean Donan. I went there because it is reputed to be the most photographed castle in Scotland. That may be, but as far as the structure itself, it was nice, but I much prefer Cawdor, Fyvie, or Drum Castles. However, the physical setting of this castle is absolutely great! As you will see from some of the pictures, it sits across from "dry land" utilizing the tidal forces of the...

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Aug 11, 2015 - Loch Ness, Glencoe, and Oban

August 11- Today we leave the North Highlands and travel down the west of Scotland to Oban. We began our journey by taking a bus to a pier on Loch Ness. There we took a boat along Loch Ness, keeping a lookout for the monster. Although several of us partied pretty hard last night, nobody saw Nessie. The waters are deep and dark—at one point the lake was 744 feet. Colin said that Loch Ness, while narrow, is 23 miles long and holds more fresh water than the rest of the lakes in Scotland and England combined. So even without the monster it is...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Oban, Scotland and Ferrying to the Isle of Mull

July 10 The Misadventure and a Lost Day I booked a bus to Mallaig again to catch a ferry to the Isle of Skye. This is one of the largest and next to the most northern islands on the west coast of Scotland. The tour included several hours at the Donald Clan Castle and the Museum of the Isles. I got to Mallaig just fine but thought I left my sunglasses on the bus and had to run back. They weren't on the bus because they were hooked in the front of my shirt. Am I the only one to do that? I had patted my head to be sure they weren't there....

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May 4, 2014 - Machrihanish and Oban

Yesterday was fine but with a strong wind blowing. After a leisurely breakfast and morning we went for a long walk in the afternoon, along the edge of the Machrihanish Golf Course, “a world-top-100 course laid out in 1879 by Old Tom Morris himself” where we checked out the famous 1st tee, and then on through the village. We spent some time watching the snoozing seals on the rocks; we saw one swim into the bay and after checking out a couple of occupied spots found himself his own “ledge” and manoeuvred himself up and into position. We...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Glasgow and Oban Scotland

Bonnie Scotland After an uneventful flight where we did manage some sleep we arrived at Heathrow for a 4 hour layover before the short flight to Glasgow. It was short work to get our luggage, a taxi and find ourselves ½ hr later at Susan’s, the walk to the luggage took longer I swear. Susan has a wonderful place, large living space with big window so lots of light with it still being blue skies out. We pretty much dropped our bags and were out to orient ourselves in the neighbourhood while it was still light. The West End is a great ‘hood’...

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Oct 1, 2013 - Oban And Stirling

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Stirling and Central Scotland has to say about Oban and Stirling: Central Western Highlands “This area extends from the bleak blanket- bog of the Moor of Rannoch to the west coast beyond the valley Glen Coe and Fort William, and includes the southern reaches of the Great Glen. The scenery is grand throughout, with high and wild mountains dominating the glens. Great expanses of moor alternate with lochs and patches of commercial forest. Fort William, at the inner...

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Sep 30, 2013 - South Along The Northeast Coast

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Inverness, The Highlands and the Northern Islands has to say about the Northeast Coast of Scotland: NORTHEAST COAST “In both landscape and character, the east coast is where the real barrenness of the Highlands begins to unfold. While the interior is dominated by the vast and mournful Sutherland mountain range, along the coast great heather-covered hills heave themselves out of the wild North Sea. Rolling farmland drops suddenly into the icy waters, and small,...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Oban

Today we started our morning leaving Inverness and heading towards Oban. We stopped at the Loch Ness visitors centre, but very touristy (what else). We took some smaller country roads to explore the countryside. We found a lone piper on a mountain where he was keeping the tourists entertained with his lovely bagpipe playing. We drove into Oban mid afternoon and what an awesome little place it is. Very quaint port city. The sun came out after a cloudy rainy start and the afternoon was absolutely glorious, walking in the sun and warming up....

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