From Oban to Lochboisdale

 

After a rather stormy crossing we reach Newcastle. From here we take the shortest way to Oban, were we will spend a night before we take the ferry to the Hebrides.

Port of Tyne

Always exiting: We are waiting for the announcement to come to our cars.

The Royal Quays

Approaching the North Shields:

 

In a hurry to leave England for our thoughts are only in Scotland - soon we are reaching the 'border'

with rain pouring down.

Border

On we go, passing small obstacles...

Roadworks

... to our stopover in Oban, the small port at the 'Sound of Kerrera'.

Oban

The gluttonous sea gulls are omnipresent.

Hering Gull

After a quiet night at a B&B near McCaig's Tower we have a yummie ice cream

at a café with first rate view (Gallanach Rd.)

Cafe at Gallanach Rd.

The ferry is waiting: The adventure starts.

Lord of the Isles

The 'Lord of the Isles' docks off and we are leaving Oban behind us.

Passing Dunollie Castle....

Dunollie Castle

Dunollie Castle, the former seat of the MacDougall clan:

The weather is a little unpleasant. However, we can see were we are going. Passing the lighthouse of the Morvern peninsula, not far from Lochaline...

Near Lochaline

On the 'Lord of the Isles' you can during the six hours' passage watch TV under deck, take meals or just drink coffe, or fill yourself with cheap bear...

On Board

For some reason every time we are close to Tobermory (Isle of Mull) rain comes down in sheets...

Lochaline

Tobermory and Mull in the rain:

"Mc Lean's Nose" on Ardnamurchan comes into sight, in former times a volcano ...

Mc Lean's Nose

... and Kilchoan, the biggest town on Scotland's most western peninsula and the only means for shopping - well, at least somewhere there it should be.

Kilchoan

Far off is the lighthouse of Portuairk at the tip of Ardnamurchan.

Portuairk

Passing the isles of Rum, Eigg, Mug, and Canna we go for open sea, the Sea of the Hebrides.

But first the sun is coming out again.

Eigg

Lighthouse of H-Oigh Sgier Light in view, we are approaching the Hebrides.

H-Oigh Sgier Light

Barra, the most southern island of the Hebrides, and the southern part of Uist, the middle island, come into view.

Barra, Uist

And those troublesome noisemakers are back:


People on board are waking up: Destination can be made out clearly now.

Hebrides ahead

Approaching the Hebrides!

Here we are: Our first stop on the Hebrides, Lochboisdale!

Lochboisdale

 

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