Oban Holiday & Isle of Kerrera

In 2009 we celebrated my dad’s birthday by going to Oban for a week and last month we did the same again! Despite some very changeable weather, we had a great time so I have a few blog posts coming up.

Oban - marcelinesmith

We had the most glorious weather for the first couple of days. If Scotland was always like this in the summer I would never bother going anywhere else. Oban is one of my favourite places in Scotland and I could happily live there. It’s fun just sitting by the harbour watching all the boats and ferries coming in and out.

Oban - marcelinesmith

However, Scotland is definitely not always to be relied upon for good weather. This was the day we left which was mostly torrential rain.

Oban - marcelinesmith

I very quickly resumed one of my favourite hobbies – photographing the Calmac ferries. This is probably my favourite of the trip, taken from Dunollie Castle.

Dunollie Castle - marcelinesmith

And here is the castle itself. There’s not a lot of it left but it’s a nice walk and  worth visiting for the views.

Kerrera - marcelinesmith

For my dad’s actual birthday we took a tiny ferry to the isle of Kerrera, just off Oban. The weather was wet and windy so it was just us and the postie!

Kerrera - marcelinesmith

There’s nothing much on Kerrera except sheep, cows, a handful of people and a cafe. The cafe is a good hour’s walk and mostly uphill but they had put up encouraging signs along the way – next stop cake!

Kerrera - marcelinesmith

Look at the difference once the sun came out! We had some soup and cake in a byre, which kept us going for the walk back.

Gylen Castle - marcelinesmith

We did the extra walk to see Gylen Castle too – this is like some idealised view of Scotland.

Kerrera - marcelinesmith

The walk back was much more pleasant, not least for being mostly downhill with lovely views back to Oban.

Kerrera - marcelinesmith

The ferry was actually full when we arrived but they came straight back for us.

Next time: around Argyll

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