Highland Cow

This morning we departed our lodgings in the delightful central Scottish town of Dunblane ( close to the Cathedral) and then embarked on a cross country trip to Iona, off Scotland’s West Coast.

Dunblane Cathedral

Dunblane Cathedral

We first called in at Doune Castle for a brief photo stop and then on through stunning Highlands scenery via Crianlarich to our first refreshment stop at Tyndrum.

Doune Castle, Scotland

Doune Castle

Next, to the town of Oban, a popular tourist destination and ferry port where our arrival coincided with a heavy downpour of rain. After refreshments and a break at Oban we connected with the 2.15 pm ferry to Craignure on the Isle of Mull.

Isle of Mull ferry at Oban

Ferry at Oban   Oban Harbour Oban Harbour Upon arrival at Mull the rain lifted and we commenced a 35 mile journey along a single track road to Fionnphort to connect with the 5.00pm ferry to Iona. The single track road took us through more impressive scenery during which we encountered many sheep, a raptor sitting on the roadside fence, and a small herd of photogenic Highland Cattle with young calves.

Highland Cattle on Mull

012   At Fionnphort the sun was out and enhanced the white, sandy beaches.    The trip to Iona took about 10 mins. On arrival we were transported to our excellent lodgings at Ardoran Guest House, situated close to the coast and offering impressive views across to Mull.

Ardoran Guest House, Mull

Ardoran Guest House   View of Fionnphort from Iona View from Iona This evening, we dined at the Argyll Hotel Tomorrow, we visit Iona Abbey and then return to Mull for a tour of the island.