Inside Scotland: On the Road to Oban

October 13, 2015 at 12:14 am 9 comments

Scotland

Location: Highland Landscape, Scotland
 

After staying in Inverness for a couple of days, we headed to Oban, a small coastal town of 8,000 people on the banks of the Firth of Lorn where the local culture is gaelic.

It was a day long trip as we made a few stops along the way to see the sights and to take care of business when it was absolutely necessary.

Loch Ness Loch Ness
Loch Ness Loch Ness

 
First, we took a short cruise on Loch Ness. The lake is supposed to be inhabited by a prehistoric monster which remains as mysterious as the big foot. I stayed on top of the boat with a camera ready to shoot anything that looked suspicious in the waters to prove the skeptics wrong, but I was disappointed.

Loch Ness Loch Ness

 
As we neared the shore, the tower of the Urquhart Castle came to view. The boat dropped us at the base of the ruins of one of the largest castles in Scotland.

Urquhart Castle Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle Urquhart Castle

 
The Urquhart Castle figured prominently in the Scottish war for independence in the 14th century when it fell to the English, reclaimed, and then lost again. In the 17th century, it was partially destroyed to prevent its use by the Jacobite forces which sought to restore the Stuart monarchy in Scotland and England. It was never rebuilt and was subsequently abandoned.

Highland cattle Highland cattle
Highland cattle Highland cattle

 
After our tour of the castle, we drove a short distance to a farm and said ‘hi’ to the highland cattle known for their long horns and wavy coats. They seemed friendly and gladly ate the apples from our hands. Despite their cuteness, they aren’t raised as pets but for their meat. It would be just a matter of time when they meet their fate in the slaughterhouse.

Fort Augustus Fort Augustus
Fort Augustus Fort Augustus

 
Finally, we headed to Fort Augustus for lunch and sighseeing on our own. Even in a small village like Fort Augustus (pop. 1,000), I could find something to remind me of Queen Victoria like a water fountain ommemorating her passing through the village in 1873 on a boat. I guess that should be expected for the queen who reigned the United Kingdom for 63 years.

Highland Landscape, Scotland Highland Landscape, Scotland
Highland Landscape, Scotland Highland Landscape, Scotland

 
En route to Oban, I was so distracted by the natural beauty of the landscape that I hardly paid attention to the lecture that our guide was giving. Since I wouldn’t be passing this way again, I tried to enjoy it as much as I could.

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  • 1. draliman  |  October 13, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I’ve also been on a cruise on Loch Ness and also never saw Nessie 😦 Lovely pictures!

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 13, 2015 at 9:19 am

      draliman:

      i’m starting to think nessie was made up to drum up tourists. 🙂

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      • 3. draliman  |  October 13, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Heh! I’m sure she’s just shy 🙂

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        • 4. plaridel  |  October 14, 2015 at 10:39 am

          draliman:

          like you i wanted to believe. 🙂

          Reply
  • 5. Inside Scotland: On the Road to Oban  |  October 13, 2015 at 4:15 am

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  • 6. Leigh W. Smith  |  October 13, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Looks wondrous and lovely, Plaridel (I’m a mountain girl, so I can’t resist these photos!). I’m glad that it looks like you had decent weather for the sightseeing!

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    • 7. plaridel  |  October 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

      leigh:

      i grew up in a crowded place. it must be the reason why i love wide open landscapes and mountains looming in the background. the alps are my favorites.

      Reply
  • 8. Suzanne Joshi  |  October 14, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Lovely as well as interesting, Plaridel. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • 9. plaridel  |  October 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

      suzanne:

      you’re welcome. 🙂

      Reply

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