8 August 2013

Oban









10 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Ooh and aah. Repeated several times.

Craig said...

That's very timely Andrew. We were just discussing yesterday a short visit to Oban in September as it's somewhere I've never been but always wanted to visit (by train). Your photos have certainly whetted my appetite.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

I love Oban Craig. Photo 6 is from the sofas of The Oban Chocolate Company Coffee Shop, which I would suggest a visit to. If the weather is clear a boat trip would also be a priority for me, either one of the 1 hour trips to the seal colony or the free boat to and from the restaurant on the isle of Kerrera, (free provided you at least buy a tea or coffee) or just a return to Mull & back on the big boat; and a walk up to McCaigs monument or Pulpit Hill; and the distillery if you like that sort of thing, and just wandering around the bay and perhaps eating in one of the waterfront restaurants. Much to enjoy, provided the weather is not too "West Coast", ha ha. Choose a good day. And the rail journey is mighty fine too.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Oban makes me go Ooh and Aah too EC, mostly on sunny days but even when the rain is blowing in horizontally from a heavy lead sky it has a fine atmosphere (for a while).

CalumCarr said...

I knew that was the Chocolate Factory! Mmmmm!

Looks as tho' you were on Kerrera for No. 1.

On your journey home to Perthshire did you stop at the real Food Cafe in Tyndrum for fish and chips!!! Or do you fill yourself up in Oban?

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Yes, we took the free boat across the bay to Kerrera for a drink and a walk. We had breakfast in The Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum on the way (very generous portion of fine scrambled eggs on buttery brown toast) but we have never tried the Real Food Cafe. Trouble is we tend to eat in Oban on our trips, but may preserve our appetites and give TRFC a go on the way back next time, as Oban receives us about twice each year. The outdoor tables did look very popular as we passed in late evening. Dinner was in Piazza on the North Pier - good food, good value, good views, although the damn piper outside nearly got a kick in his chanter from me before he shut up - honestly, a distance of at least a quarter mile is needed. Chocolate Company chocolate vanilla cheesecake was nice too.

Claude said...

Have you had a trip there before? I seem to remember the Chocolate Company. Those photos are splendid. I'm very intrigued by the steps going down to the sea...From there, do you keep walking on water?

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Oban at least once a year Claude, usually more often. I just KNEW that you would comment on the steps... and I could of course just continue down the steps and walk across the top of the water, but I felt no need to cause alarm by proving it.

CherryPie said...

Lovely scenery :-)

Anonymous said...

Nice photos. I bet you must have enjoyed your trip a lot. Oban is a rich and diverse place. You can see a lot of birds and animals in there and you'll even get the chance to see whales and dolphins during rib trip oban.