I have had a busy day! I woke up way to early this morning to go on my first major adventure! The University of Glasgow International Society sponsored a trip to several stops along the Western coast of Scotland. We started out the trip with a stop in Luss, a small town on the shores of Loch Lomond. Despite the fact that it was around 9:30 when we got there we were able to watch the sun rise over Loch Lomond. Also on the shores of Loch Lomond is Ben Lomond, the mountain after which the Paramount Pictures logo is based! With so much more to see, we were only able to stay in Luss for 45 minutes, after which we piled back on the bus and listened to the song “Loch Lomond” (apparently no visit is complete without it!) and drove on toward Oban. To get to the coastal town we had to cross several beautiful mountains during the course of which we not only saw snow on the ground, but got to watch it fall. Shortly before arriving on Oban we made a suprise detour to an additional location: Dunstaffnage Castle. Unlike Stirling and Einburgh castles, this one was small and predominantly ruins but it over looked the water and some breathtaking scenery and was a wonderful, unexpected bonus during the trip! After a short stop at Dunstaffnage we continued on to Oban where we were able to explore a bit and have lunch– renouned as the seafood capitol of Scotland, the fish & chips in Oban were nothing short of spectacular, I am definitely be ruined for fish and chips when I get home! With so many places to see in just one day there was not a break to be had, and before I knew what was happening we were piling back onto the bus to continue on to the Isle of Siel, but first we made a very brief stop at the Bridge Across the Atlantic. The small stone bridge connects the Isle to mainland Scotland by crossing over a small inlet of the Atlantic ocean, legend has it that crossing the bridge on foot brings good luck so we got out to take a few photos and try to soak up as much luck as possible! As always there was more to see so we once again piled back onto the bus and continued. The Isle of Sile was even more than I had expected, the rocky beach and outcroppings made a breathtaking scene, especially as the sun started setting just behind. I couldn’t have asked for a better or more beautiful end to a wonderful trip.
A certain someone among my readers (you know who you are!) has had someone inform me that I need to include more pictures with my posts so I am giving something new a try–here is a power point with just over 70 pictures from my adventures today, enjoy!
Loch Lomond, Dunstaffnage Castle, Oban & Isle of Siel