1st Argyll week

Too much happened to describe it in detail, so I’ll just note we stayed in Connel and worked in Oban and briefly mention the main highlights:

Sunday: The journey past Loch Lomond (watching Ben Lomond), through Inverarnan, Crianlarich and Tyndrum; the stroll through sunlit Connel (with visit to St Oran’s Church), across the Connel Bridge and back; at night seeing illuminated McCaig’s Tower.

Monday: The trip to Oban (not knowing we’d stay there the following week), at first naturally to McCaig’s Tower, then along the Esplanade as far as the Dunollie lighthouse (not realising it was Kerrera I saw all the time), then just strolling the town.

Tuesday: The trip to Dunstaffnage Castle (with the smell of wood on the top gatehouse floor, the huge kitchen chimney and an easily overlooked layout) and the nearby chapel; offering advice on the route to some newcomers; once back seeing the ‘tidal’ Falls of Lora.

Wednesday: The trip to Taynuilt, with sunlit Beinn Duirinnis but Ben Cruachan’s top in a cloud; past cows to the end of the road, along the beach back and on to Muckairn Parish Church (with surprising public toilets nearby) and the A85. (The only day when I was apparently attacked by midges.)

Thursday: The jaunt to and beyond North Connel (West).

Friday: The journey back to Glasgow, having a pleasant chat on divers subjects lasting all the way with (driving) Rab.

And generally, of course, the hotel room (it was probably the first time I stayed in one with a sash window) and after-shift hotel breakfasts with the rest of the team. I was suprised to notice that toasts (with butter &c) are apparently generally treated here more as a starter than a side dish for the main course.



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