My Scottish Adventure; Oban, Loch Lommand And Inveraray

Whilst on my Scottish Adventure last month in Edinburgh I decided that I would like to see a little more of Scotland.  The easiest way of doing this was a coach tour.  I booked to go on two tours; one to Oban, Loch Lommand and Inveraray and the other up in to the Scottish Highlands through the Cairngorm’s Moutains to Loch Ness and Glen Coe.  Our first stop was Loch Lommand, the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area.  Loch Lommand is in the heart of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

Loch Lommand

Our next stop was Oban.  Oban is a town and port in western Scotland. It’s a gateway to the Hebridean islands. The Colosseum-like McCaig’s Tower overlooks Oban Bay. Seafood eateries cluster by the harbour as well as a whisky distillery.  Whilst here I ate the most delicious seafood sandwich as it was very obvious that the seafish was freshly caught.

Down in the harbour there was a mixture of the old and the new.  Such a stunning sight, sadly very cloudy and the drizzle was coming down a little heavier now.  Just typical!

Oban

We left Oban and made our way back to Edinburgh some 120 miles away.  On the way back we stopped at St Conan’s Kirk is a early 20th-century church built on the banks of Loch Awe in Argyll and Bute.

Saint Conan's Kirk

From the roadside the Kirk is relatively simple in design, but the south side, which overlooks the loch, is extremely elaborate.

Saint Conan's Kirk

St. Conan is the patron saint of Lorne and is reputed to have lived in Glenorchy.

Saint Conan's Kirk

The view from the sundial terrace on the south side of the Kirk is one of the most beautiful in the West Highlands.  It was because of this view that determined the site of the church. Saint Conan's Kirk

The Kirk has the most beautiful hand painted-glass window with figures of angels and cherubs.

Saint Conan's Kirk

From St Conan’s Kirk we made our way around Loch Awe to the opposite bank where Kilchurn Castle stands.  The castle was constructed in the mid-15th century as the home of the Cambell’s of Glenorchy.  When the Campbell’s became the Earls of Breadalbane they moved to Taymouth Castle.  Kilchurn Castle then fell in to ruins by 1770.  the castle ruins are quite spectacular against the mountains behind.

Kilchurn Castle Ruins

We then continued on our journey back to Edinburgh via the stunning Inveraray Castle.  The castle is the home of the 13th Duke and Dutchess of Argyll and has featured in a Christmas episode of Downton Abbey.  The Grantham family visited their cousins, the Marquess and Marchioness of Flintshire in their mythical Scottish home, ‘Duneagle Castle’.

Inveraray Castle

We stopped for the last time at the area known as the Rest and be Thankful which is a mountain pass on the towards Loch Lommand.  Sad;y, the weather had come down and the mist and grey clouds descended.

On the way back we stopped at Luss on the banks of Loch Lommand for half an hour.  Just standing looking out on to Loch Lommand was so relaxing.  It seemed very strange to be stood on a beach which was inland and not on the coast!

Loch Lommand

On the way back to Edinburgh we drove through Stirling with it’s impressive castle built on top of a volcanic rock overlooking the battlefields of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn where William Wallace and Robert the Bruce won great victories in the Wars of Independence against England.

Stirling Castle

I thoroughly enjoyed getting out of Edinburgh for the day but it was a very long and very packed day.  I’d love to go back and explore the area again but this time in a more relaxed way.  I don’t think the tour would be suitable for young children as you do spend quite sometime on the coach.  Sadly the day consisted a permanent drizzle but I’ve been assured it doesn’t always rain in Scotland!  The cost of the tour was £45.

14 Comments

  1. 21st August 2017 / 8:07 PM

    This looks so lovely. Great blog post!

    Also, we have the same blog theme!!

    Eleanor

  2. 21st August 2017 / 8:49 PM

    Great blogs thank you for sharing this articles

  3. 22nd August 2017 / 6:55 PM

    Oh my goodness. I need to go here. Stat!

  4. 22nd August 2017 / 7:03 PM

    Great blog. Scotland has been on my bucket list and I can’t wait to visit.

  5. Kathy
    22nd August 2017 / 8:29 PM

    Love the pictures! What a great trip!

  6. Shell
    23rd August 2017 / 12:37 AM

    Love this post so much because I’ve actually been planning a trip to Scotland that will be in a few years… I loved every all the photos you shared!!

  7. 23rd August 2017 / 8:02 AM

    Beautiful pictures! I wish I can see these in person!

    Pammy -joyfulsource.com

  8. 23rd August 2017 / 1:18 PM

    Beautiful pictures… love the old-style architecture. I would love to make it to Scotland someday…

  9. 23rd August 2017 / 1:31 PM

    Love Scotland! Its on my list of places to visit hopefully soon! Great post!

  10. 23rd August 2017 / 5:05 PM

    How lovely! I was just telling my husband the other day I’d love to go the “Lands” (England, Scottland, and Ireland). My chances of that are slim. But I let myself dream for a bit of castles, old churches, cobblestone streets, and foggy views both beautiful and mysterious. I tucked the dream away again and will revisit it as I always do. But today, you gave me a glimpse of it and I’m grateful.

    • Candace
      Author
      23rd August 2017 / 6:02 PM

      If the dream does become a reality you must include Wales too

  11. 24th August 2017 / 12:56 AM

    This is absolutely beautiful! Looks like you had a great trip!

  12. 25th August 2017 / 12:09 AM

    I visited Oban on holiday as a child; sadly all I remember is the caravan was brown! But you got some lovely photos here, including many with moody, atmospheric skies…

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