Blogs from Oban, Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban October 8th 2019

Today we were supposed to go on a boat cruise to the islands of Mull, Iona, and Staffa, but it was cancelled yesterday afternoon. Today was windy, cold and rainy, so cancelling was not a bad idea. The bay was full of whitecaps and farther out looked quite rough, too. So we slept late, dawdled over showers, and only left the flat when it was time to go eat lunch. Helen wasn't feeling well, so she and Faye went to the soup shop while Sara and I headed to the waterfront for seafood at the fish shack. It was a good choice on our part as I ate prawn cocktail and Sara had a smoked salmon sandwich and 4 fresh oysters. Afterwards we met Helen and Faye at a coffee shop for dessert and COFFEE. Later ... read more
McCaig's Tower
McCaig's Tower
McCaig's Tower

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban June 15th 2018

Leaving Glasgow was a little complicated, with a miscommunication about the rental car, the Hertz office moving, Peter having to walk there twice because they had given away our car and him not realising that the left lane in the city is only for taxis and buses (that might have been a fine!). Oh, and switching sides back to the left again! Eventually we were off in our shiny red Clio and suddenly the city turned into country and we were heading north. There is such a characteristic look to the north country forest: a row of grass and dock weed yellow flowers, then bracken fern with lots of light green fronds at the moment, then seedling oaks and other low shrubbery, dotted with lots of pink foxgloves and pale pink rhododendrons (both seem to be ... read more
Making the most of some sun at Loch Awe
Loo with a view in our Connel room
The stormy scenery on Mull

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban June 11th 2018

If you ever find yourself in the Argyll and Bute region of Scotland, spend some time in the beautiful town of Oban. If you know your whisky, you might have heard of a distillery with the same name. The name actually comes from the Gaelic word “t-Òban”, which means “Little Bay”! What an appropriate name, especially when you consider the picturesque horseshoe-like harbour. We loved the charming harbour town. A week allowed us to explore the area at a leisurely pace, but we were never bored during our stay. Listed below are several reasons why you must visit. McCaig’s Tower This structure is impossible to miss when you’re in town for two reasons. First, it dominates the local scenery since it is perched on Battery Hill. Second, it bears a striking resemblance to the Colosseum of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban April 10th 2018

Finally, I reached the Scottish Highlands. Probably not the roughest, wildest part - but the Highlands nonetheless. Unfortunately, in this rat-race of connectedness and disconnectedness from space and time we are living in, I had by far not the time I wanted to explore them in-depth. In the past, things like these would upset me. I was so close, I would say. I haven't seen even 10% of what I wanted to see, I would say. Things have changed a little bit these days, maybe with advancing age, maybe with the realization that life is, indeed, much shorter than it seems when you are 18 years old and take your first solo-trip. Realistically speaking, I know that I will probably not be able to see all the places I want to visit, although I consider myself ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban February 12th 2018

Colonsay, KiloranBay, to see if I can add pictures. We actually start our trip on Monday next.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban July 9th 2017

Today was a wash out, consistent rain fall, so no cycling. We have taken in the wind and rain swept Oban, had a delicious cup of hot chocolate in the amazing deli. We just had to hike up and see the amazing view of Oban from McCaig's tower ( in the pouring rain ) Returned to the Oban Bay Hotel absolutely soaked, so there was only one option open to me (notice the me) was to have a drink. Looking forward to a weather change and our Journey to the Isle of Mull tomorrow.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban July 8th 2017

Well this is it, 0612 hours, Saturday 08th July and we are certainly not wide awake. Car fully loaded with Beverley's cases and bags etc... oh and my small case of course. Bikes attached to the bike rack, having said that I couldn't find the misplaced (lost!) bicycle lock but without further ado, we are on our way. After many stops for loo breaks and coffee, and a fuel top up, we have arrived at Oban, which is a little breezy but the sun is shinning and Beverley has her mint chocolate ice cream. We have checked into the Oban Bay Hotel, medium sized room (that is so typical of a mans's small) but it'll do, we don't have a sea view to Beverley's disappointment (never pleased, even more grumpy now she has been bitten ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban May 7th 2017

Day 11 - Our last day in Scotland. Tomorrow is a travel day. We will leave Craignure and head for a tour of Duart castle. Family still living here. Beautiful location on a point just into the loch. Have to head for the ferry to Oban. Longest ferry ride yet and was as smooth as butter. Ferry ride into Oban Had lunch in Oban at a restaurant called Eeusk. Spectacular seafood. Mark this one on the list. Did some shopping and a tasting at Oban Distillery which is right in town. Snagged a bottle here! Back into the car and we head for the town of Ballochon Loch Lomond and the Tullie Inn. The service here at the Tullie Inn was not up to the high standards that we have experienced since we landed in ... read more
Canons guarding the approach to Duart Castle
Ferocious guard dog...
Shaggy Coo

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban August 18th 2016

Today was the day I think we were most excited about as we were of on the Hogwarts Express! When booking the trip there was the option of paying extra to take the Jacobite Steam Train and being a fan of Harry Potter, I just had to do it! We left Fort Augustus after breakfast and headed to Fort William, where we would catch the train. On the way, we had a short stop at the Commando Memorial. What a beautiful spot! The Commando Memorial was built in 1951 by the sculptor, Scott Sutherland, to honour the original British Commando Forces. It is located near Spean Bridge village, overlooking the training area the Commandos used. You can see Ben Nevis in the background. It was such a peaceful place. Knowing nothing about the memorial, I am ... read more
Commando Memorial
Commando Memorial
View from the Hogwarts Express

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Oban July 30th 2016

Today is the day I go to pick up my rental car in Glasgow. After breakfast, I packed up my stuff and the lady at the B&B said that I could leave my things in my room until I come back as she had no one else staying there at the moment. Since I still had time before I take the train to Glasgow, I went to visit the National Portrait Gallery which was very close to my B&B. Again, I followed the self-guided listing in my guide book. Dragging my luggage to the train station was a bit of a hassle, since the walk was uphill, at least it made me burn off some of the excellent breakfast that I ate. There is a train to Glasgow every hour on the hour, and for some ... read more
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Statue of Robert Burns
Rental Car

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