Dunoon and Holy Loch, Scotland

This morning, I collected guests from Glasgow’s West End and embarked on a tour as follows:

First to Gourock on the Firth of Clyde where we caught a ferry to Dunoon. This entailed a 20 minute trip across the Clyde in sunny weather.

Dunoon, Scotland

Upon arrival at Dunoon we travelled about for about 10 mins to Kilmun, a tiny village on the Holy Loch. Here we called at St Munn’s Church which has a remarkable history dating back to around 600 AD when an early Christian site was established by Fintran Munnu, an Irish monk. We were given a tour of the site by a well-informed volunteer with special emphasis on the Argyll Mausoleum which houses the bodies of virtually all the chiefs of Clan Campbell who died between 1453 and 1949.

Video clip of the interior of Argyll Mausoleum

Argyll Mausoleum, St Munns Church, Kilmun, Scotland

St Munns Church, Kilmun, Scotland

Next we availed of refreshments before travelling north along the bank of Loch Eck and then the northern tip of Loch Fyne to Inveraray and Inveraray Castle, with latter being the seat of the Duke of Argyll and Chief of Clan Campbell. Guests toured the castle and grounds.

Entrance to Inveraray Castle, Scotland

Inveraray Castle, Scotland

After the castle we sent a few minutes watching a game of shinty, which is popular in the West of Scotland.

Shinty at Inveraray

Next, we returned north along Loch Fyne and then stopped at Achadunan to visit an excellent craft brewery named Fyne Ales. Here we were able to watch and photograph a small herd of photogenic Highland Cows.

Making friends with highland Cows at Fyne Ales,Achadunan

Craft beer drinker at Fyne Ales

Next, we continued south, through Tarbet to Loch Lomond and the village of Luss. At Luss we stopped to visit the quaint village, walked out on to the pier to view the loch and Ben Lomond (mountain) and then walked round to the historic church and the Viking era ‘hogback’ grave-marker in the burial ground.

Luss Pier, Scotland

Luss, Scotland

Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond, Scotland

Hogback grave-marker, Luss, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Glasgow about 6.00 pm thus concluding our Campbell themed tour which was aided by favourable weather conditions.

 

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