July 22, 2019 (Glasgow, Oban)

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July 22, 2019 (Glasgow, Oban)

Recap of the day –

After a delicious breakfast, we load the bus setting off for Oban. From our bus, we viewed beautiful scenery on our drive through the Scottish countryside from Glasgow, including sheep, and a flock of black sheep!

We stopped at Inveraray for a stretch and snacks. We visited a Woolle mill, saw a Scotsman in full kilt playing the bagpipes, and some ate traditional scones. This little town is on Loch Fyne which is a saltwater Loch. A saltwater Loch can be determined by the seaweed all along the shore when the tide is out.

It’s amazing how our huge Mercedes Benz bus travels these narrow roads. Our driver is a professional.

For lunch, we had high tea with a stunning view looking out over the Loch and towards the Arduaine Gardens.

The Arduaine Gardens were stunning!! It is a twenty acre coastal garden. It was begun in 1898 by James Arthur Campbell and continued by two succeeding generations of his family. None of group were really prepared for the beauty and incredibly amazing varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. This day was rainy, windy and cool; yet these conditions only enhanced our experience. Spence is shown below holding one of the largest Buddleia (butterfly plant) that any of us have seen.

We are staying in Oban tonight – the port of Oban is a freshwater Scottish Loch. This is a working port as well as the ferry route to the Isle of Mull.

Even though our group is in two hotels tonight, we all had dinner together at the Royal Hotel Oban.

Last morning in Glasgow!

Breakfast together before we leave for Oban –

Our group on the bus, setting off for Oban. Everyone gets water as we set out on our bus trip!

The following pics are scenery on our drive through the Scottish countryside from Glasgow to Oban. We stopped at Inveraray for a stretch and snacks. We visited a Woolle mill, saw a Scotsman in full kilt playing the bagpipes, and some ate traditional scones. This little town is on Loch Fyne which is a saltwater Loch. A saltwater Loch can be determined by the seaweed all along the shore when the tide is out.

     

Before embarking on our trek through the Arduaine Gardens, we first had a special treat of high tea for our lunch! The view, from the restaurant, was glorious looking out over the Loch and towards the Gardens.

    

Arduaine Gardens –

Arduaine Gardens is a twenty acre coastal garden. It was begun in 1898 by James Arthur Campbell and continued by two succeeding generations of his family.

None of group were really prepared for the beauty and incredibly amazing varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. This day was rainy, windy and cool. It only enhanced our experience.

    

The city of Oban

The Perle Hotel in Oban where some of the Scotland group are staying.

View of Oban. The round structure above is known as a folly. It’s McCaig’s Tower, a magnificent folly, built as a philanthropic venture to provide work for idle masons during the winter in 1900.

Views in Oban

   
View from our Perle Hotel in Oban
Port of Oban: a freshwater Scottish Loch. This is a working port as well as the ferry route to the Isle of Mull.

Royal Hotel Oban, where most of the Scotland group is staying.

Even though our group is in two hotels tonight, we all had dinner together at the Royal Hotel Oban.