Day 24 – Scenic West Coast Tour to Rothesay & Mount Stuart House, Scotland (day03)

Backpacking to Stranraer, Scotland from 21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 to Rothesay & Mount Stuart House (Optional)

Today was an Optional Day to South Argyll and across to Bute to Rothesay, and on to Mount Stuart House, however, we did not join the tour, but instead we did a exploratory walking tour around Dalmally Hotel visiting places of historical interest.

After breakfast at 9.30am we did the several good walks from the hotel to the famous Salmon River that flows down the Strath. The morning stroll by visiting a gift shop and then past the ancient medieval church yard and walked in to pray for our safe journey, the Dalmally train station and then down to the 250 year old Dalmally Bridge to watch for any salmon and trout if any.

Dinner at 7pm was fantastic and the entertainment by “Willie Thompson” was superb. Sleeping: Dalmally Hotel, Dalmally, Argyll and Bute. Temp: min.11 – max.18°C

The hotel has large lounge and spectacular public areas awash with plants and beautiful flowers.

The lounge has a dance floor, a bar and there is also a billiard room. The bedrooms have comfortable modern divan beds, tea makers, hair dryers, TV and controlled heating.

Furnishings are modern; there are heated towel rails in every room. There are four floors serviced by a modern lift. The dining room and lounges each seat two hundred people and are a joy for flower lovers everywhere.

We made wonderful friend in the tour like this Ms. Kathleen.

Another photo with Ms. Kathleen aged 85 with our ladies.

Ms. Kathleen and Catherine Oon.


All getting ready to go into the dinning room for breakfast at 8.15am sharp.

Fried kipper and mushrooms. A kipper is a whole herring, a small oily fish, that has been split in butterfly fashion from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted and cold smoked over smouldering wood-chips.

Dinning room of Dalmally Hotel, Dalmally, Argyll and Bute.



On our walking tour, our first stopped was the Bruce’s Stone Seat. Situated opposite Dalmally Hotel, legend says that Robert the Bruce used this strange shaped stone as a resting place after he won the battle in The Pass of Brander. This is the battle where he also lost The Brooch of Lorne.
Our second stopped was the Gift Shop also situated opposite the hotel.

The shop had many Celtic Hounds Wall Plaque. The design used on this wall plaque comes from the Book of Kells. Hounds were important in Celtic design, and it is thought that they epitomise loyalty, due to the bond dogs share with their owners.  Each plaque is strung ready to hang, and comes with individual descriptive notes about the original stone. The colours of these plaques are totally individual due to the hand casting process used, and give a very realistic natural stone effect. Height of plaque 28cm.


Celtic Thistle Wall Plaque. Combining the image of Scotland's national flower and the ancient art of the Celts, this Celtic Thistle wall plaque is a unique design from Andrew McGavin Designs.
Aberlemno Seahorse. The design used is from the ancient Pictish stone standing in the church yard at Aberlemno, in Angus, Scotland, and thought to have been carved about 700AD.
Aberlemno Celtic Cross Wall Plaque. The design is taken from the stone found in the churchyard at Aberlemno in Eastern Scotland. The cross found on the original stone is one of the finest pieces of Scottish Celtic design known and is thought to date from around 700AD and the design is replicated on this plaque.
We were walking on Stronmilchan Road.


Our third stopped was the GlenOrchy & Innishail Church. This medieval church is situated on the Stronmilchan road, B8077.

Unusual octagonal design by architect James Eliot. This is the Clan Gregor ancestral burial ground where there are thought to be many Clan Chiefs buried under the entrance to the church.
Also numerous Campbell, Fletcher, McNichol and other Clans are buried here. The present church was opened in Aug 1811.

There are a large number of interesting grave stones within the grounds dating back to the 14th and 15th century.


Well worth a visit for a quiet time in the church as we all prayed for our safe journey.

On our 4th stopped we ventured along the salmon fishing Orchy River.

The River Orchy is a river that passes through the village of Dalmally. It rises in the Black Mount Forest and flows southerly passing through Loch Tulla and Glen Orchy before reaching Loch Awe.



The cottages along the River Orchy with good river view.


Dalmally Community Centre is to promote the benefit by associating with the local statutory authorities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in a common effort to advance education, to provide facilities for recreation and in the interests of social welfare.





St. Conan's Well. Located opposite the Police Station, until recent times people took water from the Well for Baptisms. It is reported that the Well was known in the 6th century and was blessed by St. Conon. Folklore says St Conon was sitting by the Well when a large wolf came along, just as the wolf as about to attack, St Conon made it disappear. A small cache of coins dating back to the reign of Charles I was recently found here.



Dalmally railway station is on the Oban branch of the West Highland Line, originally part of the Callander and Oban Railway. This station opened on 1 April 1877. For a while, it was the western extremity of the Callander and Oban Railway, until the line finally reached its ultimate destination, Oban, on 1 July 1880.

The station was laid out with two platforms, one on either side of a passing loop. It once boasted a small engine shed and a turntable on the south side. The station building was destroyed by fire on 16 November 1898.

Dalmally Bridge built in 1781 by the architect Ludovic Picard for Lord Breadalbane. Situated adjacent to Glenorchy Church on the Stronmilchan Road. Excellent vantage point to view the salmon and trout in the river. To the south side of the bridge you will find the war Memorial.

Excellent vantage point to view the salmon and trout in the river. To the south side of the bridge you will find the war Memorial.

War Memorial at Dalmally Bridge.





Hanging Tree – Turn right over Dalmally Bridge. After 300m turn left through a gate and up a steep track. Proceed past the croft ruins of Edindonich. 100m further on you will find the Tree. This area is known as Torn Nan Croiche, which means ‘Hill of the Gallows’.

The tree is close to where the Hangman’s house used to be. The Hangman was paid by the Campbells to hang the Macgregors. Legend says that the tree was used as a substitute gallows.



Prawn Cocktail.

Sweet and sour pork.

Turkey with chipolatas and cranberry sauce.


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




(A) Evening entertainment by “Willie Thompson” 


(C) Evening entertainment by “Willie Thompson” 

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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