Oban, Dunollie Castle and McCaig’s Tower

On the final day of our short break in Scotland I called into the Tourist Information Office to buy stamps for postcards and to pick up a town map.  We needed the map to find our way to McCaig’s tower.  Although it is visible from various locations in and around Oban, it was not obvious how to walk to it.

The morning was forecast to remain dry.  We walked to Dunollie Castle and bought tickets to go round on a guided tour.  Had the weather been better, we’d have explored the woodland walk afterwards.

There is an interesting rock with trees growing on it alongside the path to the castle.

An unusual feature
An unusual feature

The tour was interesting, highlighting the history of the site and the age of various buildings.  The castle is within sight of Duart Castle, which we had already visited.  The families were connected and worked together against common enemies.  There was also information about the method of building the lower part of the keep, which I found particularly interesting.  It was unfortunate that the weather had forced the cancellation of an event at Dunollie Castle that evening.

After the tour we explored the museum, which houses a fascinating collection of miscellaneous objects, gathered together by a female member of the family.

We had a light lunch of soup and a roll at the castle, sitting under awnings and taking care lest the wind steal our paper plates, serviettes, etc.  A robin entertained us.

After lunch we went to find McCaig’s Tower.  The map helped, but we discovered an unmarked footpath, which was a short cut.  While we were at the tower it began to rain steadily.

Both the places we visited gave good views of Oban Bay with the Isle of Kerera and beyond it the Isle of Mull.

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A trip to Mull

We arrived at the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal in Oban, hoping to go on a day trip to Iona.  It was not to be!  A strip across the poster indicated that the tour was cancelled that day.

We enquired about the reason for the cancellation and were told that it was unlikely that we could return from Iona due to the weather.  Instead we were offered a trip to Duart Castle.  We went on the ferry and then on a short coach trip to Duart Castle, which we had seen from the ferry.  It was an overcast day with some drizzle.  The bad weather, which had had to the cancellation of the other trip arrived later in the day, as expected.

I didn’t take any photos in the museum rooms inside the castle.  Having been a Girl Guide, I was interested to note that one of the former residents of the castle had been the second Chief Scout, following on from Lord Baden-Powell.

Here is a selection of my photos from the day.

Travelling in Scotland

Some photos from a recent short break in Scotland have already appeared on this blog (and again) and on Sue’s Trifles.  The weather was changeable for most of the time.  On the drive we did not see a great deal of sunshine.  We stopped at Annandale services, where there was a flock of geese on the far shore and at Loch Lomond.

Annandale services
Annandale services
A view of Loch Lomond
A view of Loch Lomond

The weather brightened up for an evening walk around Oban.  The Isle of Mull was visible beyond the Isle of Kerrera.

Across Oban Bay
Across Oban Bay
A view of Oban with the cathedral
A view of Oban with the cathedral (not the white building)
Looking the other way
Looking the other way
Oban Bay in the evening light
Oban Bay in the evening light

As this is a post about travelling, I shall mention that the weather on the way home was atrocious.  The strong jet stream was bringing high winds and torrential rain to the west of Scotland and to Cumbria.

As all these photos include water I a linking to the Daily Post’s photo challenge, Water.