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.

Coming back from Iona

Continuing my series about Scotland brings us to the journey back from Iona to Oban.  Here are some snaps of Fiannphort, some taken from the coach and some from the ferries.  The captions appear if you hover over them and tell the story.  We were blessed with good weather, when it was important.  Rain in the evenings was not too much of a hardship.

Travelling to and through Mull

I have already posted photos from the previous day’s journey to Mull and some from Iona itself.

This post is about the travelling.  The weather was perfect in the morning.  I took photos from the ferry and some from the coach on Mull.  As I was anxious not to miss the ferry for the return trip I also had time to take some snaps from the ferry port on Mull, Fionnphort, before the coach left for Craignure and the ferry to Oban.  These will have to wait for a later post.