This morning I met my small group of guests from a cruise ship at Greenock, Glasgow and then embarked on a fascinating trip to visit the site of Mac Ewan Castle, near Kilfinan on the West of Scotland.

First we drove round to Gourock and caught the ferry across the Firth of Clyde to Dunoon. Then drove for about 1 hour west along  a narrow, winding road to our first stop at Otter Ferry. This was the place of domicile of Ewen of Otter on the shores of Loch Fyne who as active around AD 1200 and who is the earliest historical forbear of Clan MacEwan. Lovely spot to admire on a  warm, sunny morning.

Next, we drove on to Kilfinan where at the Kilfinan Hotel we were provided with some excellent assistance by Madelon; very helpful information on Clan MacEwan and directions to the castle ruins. We were also provided with a friendly dog (collie) by name of Jessie to accompany are hike.

Kilfinan Hotel

Jessie

Accessing the castle site proved something of an adventure, navigating across fields, a stream, rickety fences, and a beach.  We eventually achieved our target although were all  in agreement that perhaps Clan MacEwan or some other authority should improve the access and signage. Our exertions were mitigated to an extent by the warm sunny weather and relatively dry conditions underfoot.

On the trail to Castle Mac Ewan

The castle site is prominent but now amounts to little more than a pile of stones. However, view across Loch Fyne and surrounding landscapes was superb.

We next headed back to the Kilfinan Hotel where we had a pleasant light  lunch under care of Madelon. Very enjoyable experience sitting outside on the veranda.

After lunch we headed north, tracking the east bank of Loch Fyne to Loch Lomond and the popular village of Luss. The volume of visitors here was exceptional and parking proved a challenge. However, we did undertake a short tour of this heritage village on the banks of Loch Lomond, venturing out on the pier for some photos and then a walk along to St Kessog’s Church (where a wedding was in process) and the famous Viking ‘hogback’ burial marker. Some children were brave enough as to swim in the cold loch water.

Wedding at Luss

Hogback Gravemarker

Luss Village

Luss was the final stop and the we drove back across the Erskine Bridge to Greenock in time for the ship’s departure later in the evening. Fond farewells after an exciting day in the West.

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