This morning, we departed our lodgings at Inveraray’s George Hotel and then walked to nearby Inveraray Castle, seat of the Duke of the Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell.

George Hotel, Inveraray

George Hotel, Inveraray, Scotland

Inveraray is, untypically for Scotland. a planned village which dates from the 18th century. The group toured the castle which was completed in 1745 and whose main feature is the magnificent armoury hall.

Inveraray, Argyll

Inveraray, Argyll, Scotland

Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Inveraray Castle, Argyll, Scotland

Next we tracked Loch Fyne and Loch Long to Luss on Loch Lomond. This charming heritage village dates from the 19th century when it was built to house workers from a nearby slate quarry but is now social accommodation for seniors. On arrival we went straight to the church owing to persistent rain. At the church we viewed a short film covering the church and its history back to the 6th century. In the churchyard is a 9th century Viking era ‘hogback’ grave marker which provides¬†tangible evidence of the long history of the site.

View of Loch Lomond, Luss

View of Loch Lomond, Luss, Scotland

McKessog's Church, Luss

McKessog's Church, Luss, Scotland

Next we had a light lunch at an excellent restaurant in Luss. Notable was the unusual style of teapot as evidenced in image below.

Teapot, Luss

Teapot, Luss, Scotland

Next, and with the rain having eased, we explored the village and the pier which juts out into the loch.

Cottage, Luss

Cottage, Luss, Scotland

Pier View, Luss

Pier View, Luss, Scotland

Next to Glasgow and its famous 13th century Cathedral. Here we benefited from a private tour led by a very competent local volunteer with good knowledge of the building and its long history.

Interior, Glasgow Cathedral

Interior, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Blacadder Aisle, Glasgow Cathedral

Blacadder Aisle, Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Finally, we re-joined the bus and our destination for the night of Argyll Hotel in Glasgow’s West End. En-route we encountered exceptionally heavy rainfall.

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