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Dunollie Castle, Oban, West of Scotland.

This afternoon, I am focusing on the romantic ruin of Dunollie Castle which occupies a rocky promontory about one mile from the harbour town of Oban on the west of Scotland. The castle is open to the public but good views are obtained from the ferry en-route to Mull. This video clip puts the castle in context of Oban Harbour.

Together the site and Castle have an interesting history. There may well have been a power base here around 6th-7th centuries AD at time of Dalriada. However, the castle originally dates from the 13th century (Keep and Courtyard fortress) subsequent to which a four storied keep was added in the 15th century. Historically associated with Clan MacDougall of Lorn the Castle was abandoned in 1746.

Dunollie Castle Keep.

Hand Loom Demonstration at Dunollie Castle.

View from Dunollie Castle, Oban

Access to the site entails payment of a modest fee which also provides entrance to an on-site museum.

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland.

This post relates to trip from Isle of Skye to Glasgow, Scotland on September 21st 2017.

This morning we woke up in Kyleakin, Skye to sound of rutting deer.

Kyleakin and Loch Alsh, Isle of Skye

First, we drove across the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh and a stop to photograph Loch Alsh from a local viewpoint.

Video clip of Loch Alsh

Loch Alsh, Scotland

Kyleakin and Loch Alsh, Scotland

Next, on to nearby Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie which ranks as one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. We stopped here for photographs and refreshments.

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

Next, east through the mountainous Glenshiel region and past Loch Cluanie then south along Loch Lochy to Spean Bridge then  east, alongside Loch Laggan stopping for refreshments at ‘Yummy Things’ before connecting with the main A9 highway at Dalwhinnie.

On  the way south we encountered an unfortunate delay of 30 minutes due to road construction work and eventually arrived at our next destination of Stirling Castle later than planned. At Stirling guests limited their visit to photographs of the castle exterior before we moved on to final destination of hotel at Glasgow International Airport where the five-day tour concluded in readiness for guests departure next morning.

Stirling Castle exterior

Weather today was wet and overcast in the west with progressive improvement as we moved south and east.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Today was characterised by persistent rain in the morning which progressively changed to a dry but overcast afternoon.

We departed our lodging sin Fort William and drove towards Mallaig stopping at Glenfinnan with intention ofm seeing the sights there. Unfortunately, the visibility was too poor for photographs and image below of the viaduct is from writer’s archive.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

En-route to Mallaig we made short diversions to Arisaig and Morar before arriving at Mallaig on good time for the 11.00 am ferry crossing which ran on time.

River Morar

Autumn flora at Morar

Mural at Mallaig Harbour, Scotland

On arrival at Armadale, Skye we drove round to Broadford and then north towards Portree stopping for photographs at Sligachan.

View from Sligachan, Skye

On arrival at Portree we availed of lunch and then took photographs of the colourful harbour.

Portree Harbour, Skye.

Soimerled Square, Portree, Skye

Next, we moved on north through Trotternish stopping at Kilt Rock and the local museum which has a collection of dinosaur footprints from the region.

Kilt Rock and Waterfall, Skye.

Piper at Kilt Rock, Skye

Next, across the top of the island via single track road which traversed the famous Quiraing area which is of geological importance.

Video clip of Quiraing

Quiraing, Skye

Next, a brief stop at Uig then on to Portree and Kyleakin where we checked into our lodgings for the night.

Uig Bay, Skye

We had dinner at a seafood restaurant in Broadford.

Tomorrow we move on to central Scotland and Glasgow.