The drive from Glascow airport northwest took us along Loch Lomond and then west into Oban on the coast. Oban is a major ferry port for the islands to the West, including Mull and Iona. We had hoped to visit Iona, site of the monastery founded by Irish saint St Columba, but the flight delay getting to Glascow and the long drive prevented what is an all day visit. We had our laundry done, which leaves far more time for walking and siteseeing than sitting in a laundromat watching your clothes go round and round. Coffee was accompanied by scones with raspberry jam and cream. On holiday one can have dessert at 0900!
Dunstaffnage castle outside of Oban was an incredible site. One could sense the presence of both Robert the Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The main house and kitchen are still extant and I can only be grateful for the coffee maker we have in the morning.
The primary roads in Scotland are far easier to drive than in Ireland. A little wider road, curves are a bit smoother and there are far more warning signs. On the other hand, manipulating the stick shift with my left arm requires more attention than I’m use to. We stopped in Fort William for lunch and a stroll down High Street. The shops mostly have the tacky souveniers, but we did score some hoop earrings, something Sherry has been looking for. Four pair for her and one pair for me. Sherry visited the ubiquitous charity shops and found some fun items to bring back.
The Highlands are stunning. Our room in Roybridge looks out on the hill to the south with sheep grazing and wisps of clouds going in every direction. There is still snow on the mountain tops. We had porridge this morning that was so good it didn’t require any kind of topping (we’re detoxing a bit from the usual eggs and bacon). The bacon, like Canadian bacon, is really a treat, but not every meal. Looks like a break in the really fine weather we’ve had so far, so perhaps some walking and reading. Holiday doesn’t mean playing tourist all the time. The lodge has a good menu and is appointed far better than the Shelbourne in Dublin.