Wednesday morning I had pancakes with fruit again and Mike tried the kipper and eggs. We had a nice chat with our hostess and then were on our way. We were heading down to Oban through Glencoe. I had heard so much about the mountains and wanted to see them.
We decided to go all the way down Loch Ness from the top. Stopping again at Urquhart Castle, we took photos of it from up the hill. Then we went down the Great Glen and on into Fort William. We stopped for lunch shortly after crossing the Ballachulish Bridge on the A82, in a parking lot facing Loch Leven. It had started to become rainy.
We went on to Glencoe and were so impressed with the mountains. They were magnificent. We stopped and waited for it to stop pouring, then ran out to take photos. Blue sky and white clouds would come across and then it would start raining again and we would run for the car until it stopped. We went as far as the Three Sisters mountains and then turned around and took photos of parts we missed. We also found a big waterfall. I would have stayed there longer if the weather had been nicer. It was good to have a car, though, because we could wait out the rain when we wanted. The bus tours would come along, everyone would climb out in the rain and try to take photos. The bus driver would have a cigarette and when he finished, everyone had to pile back in the buses. It was much nicer to be able to go on our own timetable.
It was very windy!
We continued on our way and stopped at Castle Stalker. This castle was used at the end of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as Castle Aaaarrrggg. We couldn't go in it, but stopped at the cafe up the hill which had a pathway behind it to allow people to see the castle. We had a coffee here, before heading off.
We arrived in Oban at 5:30. Immediately, we headed over to the ferry terminal. I had booked a tour for the next day and we needed to get the tickets. Donald at the desk was very helpful. I had spoken to him on the phone when I booked the tour from home. The ferry office closed at 6:00 and we were catching a 7:45 ferry in the morning, so I wanted to have the tickets ahead of time. We then grabbed a bite to eat at Subway and headed over to our B&B. The B&B was on the Corran Esplanade, the road that runs along the harbour on the north side. We had a room with bay windows overlooking the harbour. It had a four-poster bed and a couple of leather chairs facing the harbour. There was a fireplace (don't know if it worked) and a small bathroom. The place had about 15 rooms so it was much larger than the other places we had stayed which only had 3 or 4 rooms. The room with the harbour view was a little more expensive at £45 per person per night. We stayed here for 3 nights.
sunset over Oban Harbour