Spring Garden at Oban, Scotland

Today was characterised by much improved weather with temperatures up and little rain.

We departed our lodgings in Oban and then drove up to McCaig’s Tower for a high elevation view over Oban Harbour with views of Mull in the distance.

Oban Harbour from McCaig’s Tower, Scotland

Next, we drove east and south passing Loch Awe, with views of Kilchurn Castle, then through Dalmally, Tyndrum and Crianlarich to the popular village of Luss on the western bank of Loch Lomond. We stopped at Luss to visit the quaint heritage village with views of the loch, Ben Lomond (mountain) and Luss Church the burial ground of which contains a Viking era ‘hogback’ grave-marker from around the 9th century. We had a light lunch at Luss.

Luss Village, Scotland

Viking era ‘hogback’grave marker at Luss

Quaint House at Luss, Scotland

Beach at Luss, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Next, we drove to nearby Helensburgh on the northern bank of the Firth of Clyde where we stopped to visit Hill House ( 1902-4), a domestic masterpiece by famous Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Next, we followed the Clyde valley to the historic town of Dumbarton where we made a brief stop at the castle to view the Clyde.

Finally, we drove into Glasgow where guests were deposited at hotel.

Tomorrow, we tour aspects of Glasgow.

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