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Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Re: Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Postby rdw123 » 10 Aug 2018 07:08

Lovely photos Dave. Looks like it’s been a good year for bracken! Seems like you had good weather there yesterday, it rained here all day. Just what we needed. Looking forward to tomorrow’s instalment. Ruth
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Re: Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Postby Dave » 10 Aug 2018 08:11

rdw123 wrote:Lovely photos Dave. Looks like it’s been a good year for bracken! Seems like you had good weather there yesterday, it rained here all day. Just what we needed. Looking forward to tomorrow’s instalment. Ruth
Hi Ruth. There's certainly a lot of bracken in this part of Scotland! On the whole, the weather here has been very good - mostly fluffy clouds and sun with only occasional light rain showers. And sub-20 temperatures have been a welcome relief from the 30+ ones we left down south! :-)

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Re: Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Postby Dave » 10 Aug 2018 16:56

We did our final day's walking on Kintyre today; tomorrow we'll be taking a ferry to Islay to begin week 2 of our Scottish Adventure. We're very excited but sad to leave this amazing place.

For today's adventure we parked in Campbeltown and climbed to the peak of Beinn Ghuilean which overlooks the town. The plan was to follow a forest trail which took us about half of the way up, then find our own way to the top. The peak is 1160ft and the DIY part was tough!

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A steep bit on the forest path:

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Looking down to Campbeltown:

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This photo was taken not long after we left the trail. There's a very deep gully to Fred's right which we had to cross somewhere:

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A big problem with finding the highest point on hills is the number of false peaks. You think the next one is it, but when you get there you see another much higher one further up! After a lot of careful trudging and some clambering we reached the trig point! :-)

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The views from the top were (again) spectacular. We especially loved seeing Davaar Island far below.

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The descent proved more challenging than we'd expected. We both had a couple of 'stumbles' (embarrassing rather than painful!) but we eventually found the forest trail again and made our way back to Campbeltown.

We passed the place where the delicious Mull of Kintyre cheese is made:

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We had coffee in Campbeltown and did a spot of touristy shopping then found the really nice Linda McCartney Memorial Garden.

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(BTW... The McCartneys' Mull of Kintyre farm is only a few miles from where we're staying.)

Have I mentioned that we love Scotland? :-)

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Postby Gillzajoker » 11 Aug 2018 08:17

Gorgeous scenery! :D
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Postby grannyM » 11 Aug 2018 09:10

Dave wrote:The views from the top were spectacular. We took lots of photos towards where we thought Marie (grannym) might live. Perhaps Troon is in this photo...


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Right over the top of your head Dave. :thumbup:
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Re: Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Postby Dave » 11 Aug 2018 11:05

Love it Marie! :-)

A different view of High Trodigal (our Hobbit house!) just before we left. :-(

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We had time to kill before we needed to be at the ferry to Islay so we stopped at a wonderful beach on the way:

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Now we're waiting to board:

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Another beautiful day in sunny Scotland. :-)

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Re: Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Postby Dave » 11 Aug 2018 16:26

We arrived at Port Askaig on Islay after a 2-hour crossing on a very nice Calmac ship...

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...then drove to the Oa peninsula and our second week's accommodation. The house is high up in a remote location with wonderful views in all directions. We can just make out Machrihanish on Kintyre in the distance! The final 3 miles was on a rough single-track road and we'll have to negotiate it every day.

This house is quite a bit larger than the previous one and has very big windows that provide amazing panoramic views.

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We're really looking forward to exploring Islay... :-)

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Re: Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Postby Camela » 11 Aug 2018 20:50

And we're looking forward to your exploration.
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Postby Gillzajoker » 12 Aug 2018 08:06

Lovely house, and looking forward to next installment :D
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Re: Kintyre and Islay Adventure: Scotland 2018!

Postby Seamouse » 12 Aug 2018 16:12

The accommodation looks amazing. So glad you have had mostly good weather, the blues in your pics, could be the Carribean!! Hope the rest of your time there is just as enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing the rest.
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