This is the continuation of our trip to Scotland.
If you want to visit our previous staying (Edinburgh), please click here.
From Edinburgh we drove to Oban. When we left Edinburgh the skies were “black” , as if a huge storm was approaching. Most of the roads were with a “Storm Advisory: Flood can happen”! Wow… is this the way to start a day driving on the right side of the road? 🙂
We headed north along Loch Lomond stopping at Luss.
We had lunch in Luss at The Village Rest Food and Drink. It was really delicious!
The skies were black. It looked like it would rain dogs and cats! Even with the storm advisory we went for a walking around Luss.
We arrived safely at Oban and went straight to our B&B: Dunheanish Guest House (located at Ardconnel Road, Oban, Argyll, Scotland, PA34 5DW). It cost us 35 ppp (pounds per person) including full English breakfast.
It’s a very nice B&B with gorgeous views from the sea. The “unique” problem is that the B&B is located on the top of a hill and I found it VERY hard to drive and park there. Not only because I was driving on the “wrong side of the road” but also because the car I was driving (a brand new Opel Vauxhall Meriva) had NO emergency brakes!!!
As you know, every car has an emergency brake usually located near the gear or near the pedals . This Open Vauxhall Meriva had NOT the “normal” emergency brakes! It had only a BUTTON located on the panel!!!! It was really scaring to park on a steep and quite small parking lot, having to push a bottom while trying to park the car. My heart was like crazy because of the adrenaline produced during this parking process! Although the car is very comfortable, I do not intend to rent this brand again.
It’s good to check the ratings given by Scottish Tourist Office before traveling. We have made our reservations following the 4 stars criteria.
The sun was “up” till 10pm! Scotland in summer is paradise!
Ok… we ate them too! 🙂
We went on a day excursion to visit three islands: Mull, Iona and Staffa.
The tour left from Oban Harbour and is renowned as one of the best day tours in the UK, providing a scenic route through the beautiful island of Mull and a visit to the Isle of Iona where Columba landed in 563 brought Christianity to Scotland from Ireland.
The first island to be visited was Mull. The boat that goes there is a big one and carries cars, bikes and people.
The lighthouse stays alone and its supplies come by helicopter. You can see the helicopter in this image.
In Mull we went on a bus excursion along the isle. It was really great.
From Mull to Iona we took a smaller boat.
Here, in the Isle of Iona, Columba landed in 563 bringing Christianity to Scotland from Ireland.
We visited the famous abbey founded by St Columbus before continuing to the uninhabited Island of Staffa, which is famous for its basaltic formations, the best know of which is Fingals Cave, immortalised in Mendelssohns Hebridean Overture.
Before leaving Iona we had a delicious lunch.
We had huge waves while sail
Sailing to Staffa.
Staffa: Isn’t it remarkable? How nature could create such forms? Just imagine the pressure these stones were submitted to have this shape after all.
While we were leaving Staffa we saw dozens of puffins swimming! They were so cute!
Our return trip was composed by cloudy skies (threatening cloudy skies!) and huge waves! We met a very nice couple from Virginia, USA and we went to the bar to drink pure Scottish malt and forget about the cold and the waves! 🙂
When we returned to Oban we had this beautiful rainbow waiting for us!
View from the terrace of our B&B
July, 22th 2010: Beautiful morning. After staying 3 days in Oban (slept 2 nights at the B&B), we are leaving in the direction of Isle of Skye.
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