Scotland Journals

Travelling up the West Coast of Scotland

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A May 2008 trip to Scotland by Drever

Oban Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom More Photos
Quote: This journal covers the first part of a trip made up the west coast of Scotland on our way to the Orkney Isles.

Oban, gateway to the Isles

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Oban Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Oban exists in its sheltered bay because of the sea. It is the main ferry terminus for Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree and Lismore; and there are also sailings from here to Barra and South Uist in the Western Isles. Oban is also the centre for the west coast sailing scene. On West Highland Week a series of yacht races take place here. A marina on Kerrera Island across from Oban caters for them. The town also has a fishing fleet.We have been to Oban twice during the last year. The first was on a walking weekend in typical west coast weather – wet and misty. The main walk was around the island of Kerrera. With my weather nose I smelled rain and decided to explore the town with some friends instead...Read More

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Iona, font of Christianity

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Iona Abbey Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Leaving Staffa our boat headed for the enchanting isle of Iona one mile off the coast of Mull. It has welcomed pilgrims since St Columba's arrival in 563AD. Small and windswept it contracts sharply with its neighbours in being low-lying and fertile. Its highest point, which has an Iron Age hill fort dating from 100BC, is only 331ft above sea level.Nearing the isle the abbey stands out as the most significant feature. Looming large in history its physical size is smaller. On going ashore we headed straight for a restaurant, as we were late for lunch. The isle’s 125 residents rely on the many visitors for income and run various establishments to cater for them. Afterwards we headed for the abb...Read More

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Staffa and Fingal's Cave

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Staffa Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Our tour left from the Ferry Terminal, Oban on Caledonian Macbrayne's MV Isle of Mull to Craignure on Mull where we joined a coach. It journeyed through scenic Glen More to Fionnphort with the driver being a non-stop fund of information. Alighting we boarded the small ferry for Staffa. As we approached the great basalt columns slanting about four degrees from west to east flanking the deep caves, which have inspired so much praise, became clearer. Sir Joseph Banks who visited in 1772 wrote:'Compared to this what are the cathedrals and palaces built by men! Mere models or playthings, imitations as his works will always be when compared to those of nature.'When Mendelssohn ...Read More

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Scottish Sealife Sanctuary

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Scottish Sealife Sanctuary Photo, Oban, Scotland
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On a rainy day as we drove from Oban to the Kyle of Lochalsh we dropped into the watery world of The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary 10 miles north of Oban. Fortunately most of it is under a roof so it is possible to watch the creatures of the deep while remaining dry.The Centre nestles among the pine trees on the shores of Loch Creran - one of the most picturesque settings in Britain. Loch Creran is a unique sea loch that lies sheltered among the mountains of Argyll. Strong tides in this basin make it a dangerous environment, however its marine habitats contain many species.The loch is home to two forms of biogenic reef. A worm known as the serpulid worm builds one of the reefs, and th...Read More

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Scottish Sealife Sanctuary
Barcaldine
Scotland
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Eilean Donan Castle

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Eilean Donan Castle Photo, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
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Continuing our trip up the West Coast of Scotland we stayed two nights at Kyle of Lochalsh. A must see here is Eilean Donan Castle - perhaps the most photographed in the world. With my camera ready we made it our first port of call after booking in to our bed and breakfast establishment.The castle stands on Loch Duich eight miles from Kyle of Lochalsh near the Isle of Skye. Looks can be deceptive for the present castle is of recent vintage. That apart the castle in its various forms has stood against Vikings during the early 13th century and played a role in the Jacobite risings of the 17th and 18th centuries. This latter culminated in the castles destruction by the British Government, which...Read More

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Eilean Donan Castle
Village of Dornie
Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX
01599 555202