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Oban Holiday: Around Argyll

Continuing the posts about our Oban trip. The best thing about visiting Oban, for me, is that I don’t even have to leave the county! Argyll & Bute is a pretty big area and includes a lot of lochs and islands so there’s loads to explore. We drove around a few places on one of the sunnier days so here’s what we got up to.

inveraray - marcelinesmith

Inveraray

I’ve passed through Inveraray on the bus before so it was nice to get a chance to explore. We only stopped briefly but I’d like to go back sometime as it’s a nice little town, if very touristy. It also has a ridiculously photogenic view from the seafront!

crarae garden - marcelinesmith

crarae garden - marcelinesmith

crarae garden - marcelinesmith

Crarae Garden

Our main stop of the day was Crarae Garden, a National Trust garden just down the coast a bit. There weren’t a lot of flowers to see but the walks and views were pretty good. Let’s not talk about how my own family ditched me for half an hour at this viewpoint – at least I had something nice to look at until they came back!

kilmartin museum - marcelinesmith

kilmartin museum - marcelinesmith

kilmartin museum - marcelinesmith

Kilmartin Museum

We stopped at Kilmartin Museum for lunch and it was really good – look at that plateful! There’s an entire goat’s cheese inside the focaccia. It was such a nice day that we didn’t visit the actual museum part – there’s also lots of monuments in the area that would be cool to hike around if you have more time.

angus's garden - marcelinesmith

angus's garden - marcelinesmith

Angus’s Garden

Our last stop of the day was Angus’s Garden, a wild, natural memorial garden near Taynuilt. It’s not as well-kept as some gardens but I think that adds to the charm. We managed to follow a walk all around the lake and you get such different views from each end. It was also almost completely deserted so definitely worth checking out.

coos at taynuilt - marcelinesmith

And some bonus Coos! We took a very long and very windy road to Taynuilt and these guys were almost blocking the road. I took a couple of short videos that came out really well.

Coos near Taynuilt

Coos near Taynuilt

There’s lots more photos from Oban and Argyll on Flickr too. Next time: the isle of Mull!

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