This morning, we departed our excellent overnight lodgings at Creag Dubh, Inveraray but not before photographing an unusual albino sparrow feeding from the garden. We then proceeded with our tour as follows:
 

 

  • Inveraray Castle, ancestral home of the Chief of Clan Campbell and Duke of Argyll. A very impressive Adam designed masterpiece on the banks of Loch Fyne featuring a wide array of furniture, paintings, armour and weapons.
  • Next we tracked Loch Fyne and Loch Long through to Arrochar and afterwards stopped for photos at the famous beauty spot, Rest and be Thankful.
  • Then onwards to Loch Lomond and the historic village of Luss where many of the residents excel in elaborate and colourful garden displays. We ventured out onto the short pier for views and photos and then walked over to McKessog’s Church to view a video providing a summary of the historic Christian site which dates back about 1500 years. In the burial ground we viewed a 9th century Viking inspired ‘Hogback’ grave marker and then the 15th century Book of Hours which is on temporary loan from its owner on New Zealand.
  • After lunch at Luss we drove on first to Paisley and then to Alloway where is located the birthplace cottage of Scotland’s national poet, Rabbie Burns.  The area in and around the Alloway environs is populated with Burns sites. We had time for the birthplace, Brig O Doon ( which featured in Tam O Shanter) and Auld Kirk wherein is buried Burns’ father.
  • Finally, we made our way to Troon and evening meal at the Anchorage Hotel in readiness for our evening ferry crossing to Larne in Northern Ireland. We duly arrived at our Larne lodgings about 11.30pm from where I am writing this post.

Weather today has been reasonably benign; dry but overcast.

Tomorrow we commence our tour of the island of Ireland.

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