Oban, United Kingdom
56° 25' N 5° 28' W
Aug 25, 2005 20:20
Distance 60km

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My friend Michelle came over to visit and we did a trip to Mull and Iona. Mull is the island to the west of Oban and a popular destination, especially with the kids go to ‘Balamory' aka Tobermory. Iona is a small island just off the south west corner of Mull with an important past, as it is where St Columba came over from Ireland in 563AD to christianise the barbaric and pagan Scots; his monastery is still there today, some years later. The isle was quite significant in the past, with some 60 Scottish and Norwegian kings buried there. We took a tour boat to visit Staffa, the strangest island I've ever seen. Rather than explain it, take a look at the photos. It is made up of basalt lava flows, which are identical to Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland.  Fingal, the Scottish Giant and rival to the Irish giant Finn McCool was said to live there.

 

We were incredibly lucky with our accommodation as we rang everywhere and there were no beds anywhere, except for a B&B on Iona. We had spent the day looking around Iona and taken the boat out to Staffa, and were in the area, so were pretty lucky! I was so glad we stayed there, as it was so peaceful and beautiful. We had dinner at a waterfront restaurant next to the brilliant blue water around Iona (one of 3 places to eat on the whole island), as the sun was setting. The weather was perfect, with beautiful blue skies. Scottish summers are not that bad. We have had one day where it got upto 30 degrees!

 

Next day, we travelled to Tobermory with its brightly painted houses and shops on the waterfront. For a fairly small place, it has a fantastic chocolate shop and really nice silversmith with loads of nice jewellery. Then back on the ferry to Oban. All up it was probably the best two days I've had in Scotland so far.

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Isle of Mull, travelling from Craignure to Fionnphort Whats to story Balermorey! I mean Tobermorey Oban town Sound of Kerera, Oban Harbour, just outside the town