Day 23 – Scenic West Coast Tour to Oban & Sound of Mull Cruise, Scotland (day02)

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland from 21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)

Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 to Oban & Sound of Mull Cruise

After breakfast at 9.30am the coach drove 39km to Oban. The tour to Oban includes a sail to the Isle of Mull - a scenic extravaganza which can be enjoyed with lunch on board. Time for a wander round Oban High Street before returning to Dalmally Hotel.

Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and during the tourist season the town can play host to up to 25,000 people.

Dinner at 7pm was fantastic and the entertainment by “Gordon” was superb. Sleeping: Dalmally Hotel, Dalmally. Temp: min.11 – max.18°C
The hotel conservatory lounge is a joy for flower lovers everywhere, with foliage and flora sitting or hanging in every corner. In our very spacious bedrooms you will find equally beautiful interiors and all the comforts we needed.

Beautiful flowering plants in the garden of Dalmally Hotel.

Nice views of 3 acres landscaped gardens, Dalmally Hotel.

Another fantastic hotel breakfast.

The coach was comfortable, our driver was excellent and the excursions was fantastic.

The wonderful scenery along the road to Oban.

Oban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland.

It has a total resident population of 8,120. Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William and during the tourist season the town can be very crowded.

Oban occupies a beautiful setting in the Firth of Lorn. Oban Bay is a near perfect horseshoe bay, protected by the island of Kerrera, and beyond Kerrera is Mull. To the north is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour.

Oban, which has been known in the past as "The Gateway to the Isles" and more recently as "The Seafood Capital of Scotland" offers a wide choice of activities, sightseeing and things to do.

The Oban Caledonian Hotel is centrally situated.

We enjoyed walking through the harbour town Oban.

Overlooking Oban Bay with stunning views, Palace Hotel boasts wonderful sea views, the ferry terminal is only a 10-minute walk away.

We enjoyed walking along the coast of Oban harbour.

The lovely sheltered harbour is constantly filled with fishing and pleasure boats.

Oban is also an important ferry port: it is Caledonian MacBrayne's busiest terminal.

The mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles is St Columba's Cathedral at the north end of the Esplanade. During the 19th century, the Rector of the Pro-Cathedral was Father Allan MacDonald, a poet and Gaelic scholar. On the left side is the Lancaster Hotel built in 1850.

Oban is known as the "Gateway to the Isles", with ferries sailing to the islands of Lismore, Colonsay, Islay, Coll, Tiree, to Craignure on Mull, to Castlebay on Barra and to Lochboisdale.

Dunollie Castle is a small ruined castle located on a hill. The site enjoys views over towards the island of Kerrera and a view of the town, harbour, and outlying isles.

The sail to the Isle of Mull - a scenic extravaganza which can be enjoyed with lunch on board.

Lismore Lighthouse is located on Eilean Musdile and protects shipping in the Sound of Mull.

The lighthouse was built in 1833 by Robert Stevenson, engineer and was automated in 1965.

The beacon flashes white every 10 seconds and has a nominal range of 19 miles.

Duart Castle is a castle on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, within the council area of Argyll and Bute. The castle dates back to the 13th century and is the seat of Clan MacLean.

We met Ms.Tan in the tour who is from Ipoh and now lives in Northern Ireland.

The sail to the Isle of Mull ends here at Craignure a village and the main ferry port located on Craignure Bay has a population of about 200 people.

I took this picture of the seagull flying above our ferry.

We discovered Scotland’s finest whisky at the Oban Distillery. Established in 1794, it was built before the town of the same name is owned by Diageo.

Climb up to McCaig's Tower to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the harbour and west to the islands.

McCaig’s Tower is a prominent landmark built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, the aim of the tower was to provide work for local stonemasons and a lasting monument to the McCaig family.

The gardens inside the tower are well maintained and are a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of town life in Oban.

The climb from the town centre to McCaig's Tower is well worth the effort when faced with the spectacular views across Oban Bay to the Atlantic Islands.

Oban Bay from McCaig's Tower. The bay is sheltered by the island of Kerrera. Behind lies the Isle of Mull.

The marina offers plentiful moorings for the visiting yachts and powerboats that take advantage of the ‘all tides’ access.

Am walking along the corran esplanade.

The town itself is picturesque, friendly and bustling. You can shop down George Street and explore the small lanes leading away from the centre; eat lunch at one of the cafes on Argyll Street and admire its floral display.

Along the Oban corran esplanade.

The Columba a Victorian hotel built between 1865 and 1901 overlooks the Oban Bay.

Dinner at 7pm was fantastic and the entertainment by “Gordon” was superb.

 Oban & Sound of Mull Cruise, Scotland on 12.06.2014

Gordon at Dalmally Hotel, Argyll, Scotland on 12.06.2014

Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland

Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)

Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan

Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan

Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland

Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)

Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)

Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little

Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight

Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow 6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am.


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