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Today was magic. We had a dream combination of no wind, sunshine, blue skies and low volume of tourists.

After breakfast we drove down to the picteresque and colourful harbour at Tobermory which was recently made famous by the BBC childrens’ TV programme ‘Balamory’.


 Close by is Tobermory Distillery plus the added dimension of on-going commercial fishing. A great spot to explore in the early morning. After completing our stroll around the harbour we proceeded as follows: Read more on Tour of Mull and Iona…

Highland Bull

This afternoon, with unusual bright sunny conditions, I went round to Pollock House and Gardens to obtain a few seasonal images.

Pollock House  is a Palladian Mansion which dates from the mid 18th century. It was designed by father and son duo of William and John Adam for the Maxwell family.

Today the house, gardens and park are open to the public which makes for a very pleasant facility for Glaswegians. Unusually, the grounds are also home to a considerable herd of Highland Cattle which usually prove very attractive and photogenic. Today, I was lucky and managed to get a good image of black bull (see above). Read more on Pollock House and Gardens, Glasgow…

Today, I participated in a fascinating ‘ Ardess Hidden History Trail’ close to Loch Lomond taking in a very wide range of topics including  local flora, industrial archaeology, old settlements, wonderful scenery-and even a mention of Roy Roy!  This landscape has been managed by man for hundreds of years, although, apparently not, during prehistory. Sites of interest included:

  • Ruins of numerous domestic dwellings dating from 1700s and 1800s.
  • Evidence of iron smelting on a  small scale, possibly dating back to the 1400s-1600s.
  • Rigg and Furrow-small scale agriculture.
  • Coppicing-woodland management of oak trees.

Here is an image of the Loch with resident swans taken from Rowardennan.

Loch Lomond View

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