Rob and Joy's winter escape travel blog

Inveraray Castle

Driving along side of Loch Fyne

The staircase inside our hotel at Carlisle

Driving through a typical village in Scotland

Some history of Seil Island - it currently has approx 500 residents. Clachlan Seil is the name of the village immediately over the bridge as you enter onto the island, where you find the historic pub known as the Tigh-an-Truish which is owned by Chantal's (our next door neighbour's eldest daughter) new husbands family.

The island itself was part of what was known as the scottish slate islands which are scattered between the mainland of Argyll and the south coast of Mull, some 10 miles south of Oban.

All the slate quarrying has stopped now but we could see where it used to occur, especially at the end of the island.

When we left Seil island, we spent a short time in Oban then journeyed south along many more lochs towards Glasgow before ending up at Carlisle. Loch Lomond was just above Glasgow which was a beautiful part of our drive before having to manouver our way through heavy traffic from one side of Glasgow to the other to find our correct road to continue on south.

We travelled next to Loch Fyne before Loch Lomond. Near the end of Loch Fyne is the town of Inveraray with a castle - which we stopped for a photo shute. It is part of the clan Campbell stronghold and since the time of King Robert the Bruce!

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