10.10.2011 - 10.10.2011 14 °C
Another overcast rainy day! Well I guess, what should I expect.. I am in Scotland!!!!
Anyway took off early for my day of driving to Oban. (It actually is only a couple of hours drive if you drive direct but I decided to go the long way, around the coast, so it took nearly all day)
The drive itself was very picturesque (but then so is everywhere in Scotland!!). The landscape from Loch Lomond through to Oban is a mixture of mountains (rounded topped not alpine peak style) covered in forests. Nearly every vista also includes water of some description whether that be, sea lochs or inland lochs! More often than not the low land slopes of the mountains have some sort of farm/ pasture that is normally dotted with rocks, sheep and sometimes cows (or coos as it is pronounced here in Scotland).
My main stop for the day was at the town of Invererary the hereditary home of the Dukes of Argyll and therefore the Campbell Clan (my adopted Scottish home.. although I have to say that I’m not super proud of the Campbell’s they did some pretty yukky stuff… Massacre of Glencoe comes to mind). The Dukes of Argyll were number #2 behind the King for most of the years between 1200 and 1600-ish and therefore their baronial home is pretty impressive as is the small town that would have supported the home. I really enjoyed my pasta lunch and had a short walk around the town and up to the castle gates (I didn’t bother to go in and have a look) before I started to again get wet and decided it must therefore have been time to continue my journey to Oban!
Arrived in the town of Oban by about 4pm and spent my afternoon walking around (in the rain) looking for a wifi location to download my emails!! Grabbed a coffee and ‘played emails’ before getting some dinner and retiring to my hostel for dinner and some tv. If the weather was more clement I would have made more of an effort in Oban but continuous rain and strong wind is never super conducive to photo taking or site seeing.. Finger’s crossed for tomorrow!