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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.

Oban

View of Oban

Read more on Visit Oban, Scotland…



This evening, my theme is Scottish Glens. ‘Glen’ is a Scots word for valley. Because of the mountainous terrain Scotland is very well populated with Glens and valleys. I am going to focus on seven glens with which I am familiar and feature on my tours and travels.

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This morning, we deliberately altered our tour schedule to include a visit to the famous Neolithic site at Newgrange, about 1 hour from Dublin. This proved a wise choice as weather was very favourable and the summer crowds had dissipated.

Read more on Visit Newgrange Ireland…