Hello again, back with the next part of our OS trip.....this time will involve a bit of train travel...we left Edinburgh sniff sniff...and along with our tour friends headed to Glasgow...Woody excited about the trains ☺
One of the trains.....as we changed at Glasgow for a train to take us to Fort William
Fort William is a town in the western Scottish Highlands, on the shores of Loch Linnhe. It’s known as a gateway to Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak
And then bused to our next accomodation here in Ballachulish
The village of Ballachulish in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. The name Ballachulish was more correctly applied to the area now called North Ballachulish
The said bus
along the corridor from our room
and yes stairs lol
Lake nearby and had a walk the next morning
Very pretty with the reflections
and this was the view from our room earlier with drizzle
So next day as you can see off we went via bus to Oban where we then catch a ferry
We drove through plenty of rain........
Woody listening to the tour guide Steve
We then travelled on the ferry across to Isle of Mull
Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute
The main lounge area
Another ferry coming back as we head on
It was brisk and a little wet but fun
We then were bused to Duart Castle
The castle dates back to the 13th century and is the seat of Clan MacLean
as you can see it is having plenty of renovation work
duartcastle.com/maclean-clan/history-of-the-clan plenty of interesting reading here
Don't you love all the stone work
Well this is a faint pic.....
good old kitchen
Rooms setup as it was and actually family still live in other parts of the castle
not a fun place to be
Now walking around the main area
a little model of the castle
other side as it was.....
Just check out all this silverware
and oh yes scary twisty stairs
bathroom of course, although they sure would not of had a toilet like in this pic way back.....
as you can see the ruin pics do show how much work has been done to restore it back
The stairs were built in 1360 to enable one man wielding a sword in his right hand to defend the entrance to the upper floors of the keep
steep and narrow, oh what fun I had going back down.......
This small cemetery contains the graves of some of the soldiers, wives and children who lived in the castle....
canon of course
wonderful views here
a row of canons on the other side of castle
We then bused back to ferry then back on the bus to Ballachulish and was this castle along the way
also plenty of mist was rolling in....
Will be back again of course with day 4 and onwards......