Friday, April 21

Road tripping thru the Scottish Highlands (1)

Day 1 - Dumbarton to Oban


Loch Lomond

The day started foggy and cold, but by lunchtime we had sunshine and glorious views over the loch....

Balloch Castle, southern end of Loch Lomond
A quiet lunchtime at Luss
Looking north near Inveruglas

 Inveraray

Working our way west the skies clouded over again but despite the less than ideal photographic conditions we briefly stopped for pictures at Inveraray on Loch Fyne



Near Kilmartin, Mid Argyll

On the west coast of Mid Argyll there are many sites of ancients cairns and standing stones. A stop at Temple Wood was also a great opportunity to get some pictures of sheep and newly born lambs!

 


Day 2 - Oban to Fort William via Isle of Mull

We took 3 separate ferries to complete our journey on this day , but there was no doubt that the first, Oban to Craignure was the most spectacular.....
Isle of Mull
Lighthouse at Eilean Musdile, and a view up Loch Linnhe on the left


On Mull itself we went searching for Sea Eagles (White-tailed Eagle) and were really lucky to have a clear but distant sighting. Otherwise the day was mostly wet which meant a dearth of good photographic opportunities.

However, the rain showers paused for long enough whilst we lunched and explored Tobermory to get some classic pictures.
Tobermory - the colouful "capital" of Mull
Tobermory's anchorage

Day 3 - Fort William to Nostie (Kyle of Lochalsh)

This was a day of Lochs and Glens. We travelled north from Fort William, past Neptune's Staircase and up The Great Glen, turned west at Invergarry, over Beinneun Forest and carried on west along Glen Shiel, until we hit the sea lochs again.....
Laggan, Loch Lochy
Loch Loyne
Loch Cluanie

Upper Loch Duich and the Five Sisters

 Kyle of Loch Alsh area

Eilean Donan Castle - mid-afternoon
Eilean Donan Castle - after sunset
After checking into our B&B in the hamlet of Nostie, we went over the hill (Auchtertyre) to have dinner in the village of Plocton. Both the dinner at the Plocton Hotel and the evening sun lighting the views were amazing. Well worth the extra drive after a long day on the road.......



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