|Photo: Daily Mail|
Friday, 19 December 2014
The Duchess of Cambridge again wore her Scout scarf in a Friendship Knot this week when visiting her local Beavers Group. You can see my video on how to tie a Friendship Knot here she first wore one in 2013 which can be seen here
Thursday, 4 December 2014
Some of the old equipment used in days
gone by to make whisky.
Map showing the Diageo Group
distilleries in Scotland.
|This is McCaig's Tower built by a local |
wealthy man, Mr McCaig, but it was
never finished after his death. We climbed
the very steep hill to the top to admire the
views from there:-
|A most unusual "tower"!|
|Lovely views are seen through the arches.|
|Looking out over the dsitillery (chimney left)|
to Oban Port and beyond to Kerrara and Mull (I think!)
Kerrara in the mid line and Mull behind.
|Next we decided we wanted to get back |
out on the water so we found a little 2 hours
trip to see castles and sea birds. First stop
a salmon farm! Here the fish are auto-fed
and as the pellets were spun out the salmon
leaped in the air for them!
|The water was just mirror like by the |
|A local castle undergoing repairs! |
I took this photo more for the flag that was flying!
|Then an amazing sight the White |
Tailed Sea Eagle sitting proudly
on a favourite rock. Magnificent!
|We were so lucky to see this amazing eagle!|
|Then his mate flew in to say hello too!|
|You can just make out the grey seals |
that were few in number the day we went
but they certainly kept an eye on our boat!
|As we returned to Port the ferry "Clansman" to|
the Outer Hebredies passed us by and rocked
our little boat with her bow wave!
|Oban from the sea.|
|Our little boat (very uncomfortable |
saddle style seats!)
|Back on land and this little dog was having |
fun in the seaweed on the shore!!
The next morning we had to make our
way home - some misty scenes in the
valleys could be seen from the train.
|Beautiful reflections in the lochs.|
|When we got to Glasgow we headed to the |
Willow Tea Room for lunch and cake!
|It was hard to choose but I had lemon meringue!|
|Willow Tea Rooms are famous for |
their Rene Mackintosh styling.
|The cute napkin holder!|
|Then it was back on the next train heading to |
England through the beautiful Cumbrian
|A viaduct near Carlisle.|
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Sunday, 16 November 2014
So I finally got round to posting the next installment - I am sorry for the delay, but I have been to so many places/done so much lately I can't keep up with myself let alone the blog! Maybe I should just tweet! Anyway.... After Glasgow we took the train to Oban. The purpose was to visit the amazing Fingal's Cave on the island of Staffa. We were so lucky with the weather we had glorious sunshine and calm seas - perfect for visiting the cave we were truly blessed, not only that the wildlife was wonderful too.
|Our Ferry arrives to take us to the Isle of Mull.|
|Passing a lighthouse on the way to Mull.|
|And a beautiful castle!|
|Arriving into the port of Craignure on Mull |
to pick up our coach which took us west to
Finnphort from where we would take the
next boat to Staffa.
|A handsome solitary stag - the rutting |
season is about to start.
|Beautiful view across the hills of Mull bathed |
in the rich colours of autumn.
The calm waters lent themselves to making
|A fearsome buzzard regards our coach |
from his telegraph pole! We also saw a
Golden Eagle high on the hills.
|Our little boat arrives to take us to Staffa.|
|Passing by a beautiful yacht moored |
in the safe waters of the bay.
|A seal peeps up to see what's coming! |
Later we saw the dorsal fin of a Minke Whale
in the far distance - wow!
|A first view of Staffa Island.|
|This is Fingal's Cave - the whole island |
and cave is made up of basalt columns
and is the "other end" of the Gaint's Causeway
the rock formations are mind blowing even
more than at the Giant's Causeway.
|Here you can see inside the cave it is like an|
organ in a cathedral the way the columns hang
from the ceiling. Inside the cave the waves
slapping against the sides make the most
incredible sound, no wonder Mendelssohn was
inspired to write his Hebredies Overture. You
can see and hear a video of the music on
You Tube of this here
|Some of the most amazing rock |
formations on Staffa.
|Inside the cave itself.|
|Here you can see the rocks going out to|
sea - almost like they are heading straight
for the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Again more amazing rock columns lie
horizontal on this island
|here you can see the horizontal ends of the |
columns lying at 90 degrees to the ones coming
out of the water - truly amazing (well IMHO!)
This line of columns is known as the "clam shell"
as it is shaped rather like seashells.
|A closer look.|
|Some more columns at angles on the little |
island to the side of the main island - I was
fascinated by how the rock is co curved.
|Reluctantly leaving the island as the daylight|
being short at this time of year we had to be
on our way back to Iona before returning
to Mull and then the mainland.
|However on our way to Iona we got company!|
|A fabulous pod of dolphins decided to come |
and play and they loved swimming alongside
our boat and jumped out of the water!
|As the boat sped up so did they! It was a |
magical moment - I didn't get too many photos
but you get the idea!
Here you can just make out 2 of the bottlenose
dolphins beneath the water surface.
|Arriving on Iona we saw the old Nunnery ruins.|
|And the Abbey.|
|Back on Mull another lovely view.|
|Some sows and piglets on the Pennyghael Estate.|
|And this cute seagull hitched a ride on our |
ferry back to Oban, although he flew off as we
neared the port LOL!
|Oban town overlooked by|
McCaig's Tower (the round building)
|Some colourful boats in the harbour.|
The sun began to set as we
|A yummy lobster thermidor in the port was |
just what I needed after a long day out at sea!
|As was the sticky toffee pudding!|
|The beautiful sunset ended a beautiful day.|