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This evening, I am taking another trip down memory lane to present images from a recent tour of Northern Ireland, a location with which I am becoming increasingly familiar. To get to Ireland I usually take a ferry from Troon in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland and then embark on a island of Ireland tour. However, Northern Ireland has much to offer in its own right. Below are just a selection of images of important sites.

Carrickfergus Castle, a short drive from Larne is well worth a visit. Dates from 1177 and was continually occupied until 1928.

Carrickfergus Castle, Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland

Inside Carrickfergus Castle, Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle, Ireland

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This evening,  theme is Oban on the west coast of Scotland.

This grew to prominence in Victorian times when the railway came and brought holiday makers as well providing transport for freight and fish from the busy port.

Oban remains popular today, particularly with visitors on coach tours. There is a good selection of seafront hotels plus a well regarded seafood restaurant.

From my (touring) perspective, I tend to use Oban solely as a stop for for ferry transfers to Mull and other islands . The town can be very busy and I think I can giver my guests better experiences of Scotland elsewhere. Some of the key sites worthy of  a visit include McCaig’s Tower, a whisky distillery and two castles, Dunstaffnage and Dunollie. Relatively close to Oban is the historic Kilmartin Glen, packed full of prehistoric standing stones, burial cairns and rock art.

Here is a view of the town at top of which sits McCaig’s Folly, a 19th century make work project for local stonemasons.


View of Oban

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This morning, we departed our overnight lodgings at Hatton Grange, Dunkeld and proceeded as follows:

  • Firstly to nearby ‘Hermitage’ which is actually misnomer for the combined experiences of Ossian’s Hall and the Falls of Braan. As we were early there were few other people around and we able to enjoy the experience in the quietness of the crisp, early morning fresh air. Tall trees, river, waterfall and peace-just great!

Ossian's Hall

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