Friday, 27 May 2011

Loch Melfort & Arduaine

Hi all, having had a relatively quiet day on Sunday, when we attacked the Cragnish Peninsular, today we thought we'd head north towards Oban. We like flowers and solitude, so lunch in a pub and a walk around Arduaine Gardens seemed like a good idea.

We travelled slowly along the A816 taking in the splendour of the scenary as we went along. Every few miles we would have to stop the car to take another photo or try to immerse ourselves deeper into the scenery by walking the dog.
Have you ever looked at something that is so incredibly beautiful that you don't know what to to about it. An emotion builds up inside that makes you want to eat it. Well in this part of Scotland it is like that all the time; if I could eat the views I'd be obese in week.

Talking of food, by the time we got to Loch Melford it was lunchtime so we called in at the Melfort Hotel. If ever there was a hotel in a beautiful setting this was it. (Photo above). Positioned in a lofty position at the corner of a bay it had magnificent views across the sea to several islands. The large dining room took in this view and they could also be enjoyed from the terrace outside.

Having enjoyed our meal we carried onto Arduaine gardens which were now within yodeling distance. The gardens at Arduaine cover twenty acres and go right down to the sea. Usually when one visits a garden that is so close to the ocean, the plants are a bit grim because they have taken a battering from the sea air.
Not so here, the lavish planting of trees and shrubs has provided the plants with such shelter that all the plants were in good order. Spring was a good time to visit because the show of azealeas was fantastic. The weather was kind while we walked around Arduaine and we sat for a while enjoying a seat that was bathed in warm sunshine and looked over a calm bay. Oh how I wish I was there now.

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