Friday, 10 June 2011

Tarbert and back

Hi all,
Don't Wednesdays come around fast when you're on holiday. It seemed like we'd only just got to our lodge, but we were already halfway through our holiday on the banks of Loch Sween. During the last few days we'd noticed a steady stream of traffic passing our lodge and because it is a dead-end we were curious about where they were going. Now when I say steady stream, I'm not talking A34 at tea time, in this neck of the woods a car every half hour is considered a traffic jam.

Anyway, before we set off to see the harbour town of Tarbert which sits at the entrance to the Mull of Kintyre, we decided to follow the dead-end road that passed our lodge to see where it went to. The answer was a village called Kilmory which had a splendid house which can be seen above. About half a mile later the road came to a sudden stop on a headland above the Point of Knap. From here we took in a stunning view of the Paps of Jura before returning whence we came. During this short trip we also passed the ruins of Sween Castle and noted that there was a campsite almost adjacent, so that was where all the traffic was going.

We soon passed our lodge and followed the Crinan canal back to its source at Ardrishaig and carried on along Loch Fynne to Tarbert. We were impressed with Tarbert and especially the full Scottish breakfast we had in a cafe that overloooked the harbour. Above is a photo of Tarbert with its multi-coloured houses. Having filled ourselves up with grub and looked around a few shops we left Tarbert and went on a circular tour, down the north side of Loch Tarbert where we could see ferries heading out to sea bound for Islay, and around Kilberry Head and back to Ardrishaig.

It was a wonderful trip with sea and coastal views on one side and rolling hills and forest on the other. Here and there we came to deserted beaches where we stopped for a while to drink tea from our flask and walk the dog. It was a long day and by the time we got back to our lodge we were both knackered. However, knackered we may have been, but we were also both full of pleasant memories.

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