|Glasgow is a good focal point to find on a map and it is 100 miles to Oban. https://goo.gl/maps/L9Y68GpFSNzn63iF7 If, like Joan Webster, you are going by train Glasgow's glass-roofed Buchanan Street Station is now called Queen Street Station. There is a direct line to Oban railway station where it terminates at the ferry port. Check with Scot Rail and CalMac ferries for time tables.|
It is probably a good idea to visit
Corryvreckanfirst as its on the way.
run boats trips out from Ardfern, by Lochgilphead, Argyle to
Corryvreckan. Try to pick a mid spring tide in
the winter. Alas my trip was not eventfull and a wave of almost 6"
with the tide at full flood frightened no one.
From Craignish Cruises it is a 45 minute/25 mile drive
up to Oban and the (CalMac) ferry to the Isle
Due to government subsidy the ferry fares have been reduced.
In August 2018, two adults and a car costs £41.50 for a return trip.
|Get there at least 45 minutes before departurelate for the check-in. If you miss your slot there is no guarantee on getting the next one if it's full!!!. On the right (starboard) side there is a Green Island...and further on a small Lighthouse.|
takes 46 minutes to cross over to mull, which is just enough time for a
surprisingly good full Scottish Breakfast on board the ferry.
On the port side (left) do not miss the chance to see Duart Castle as the prominent headland feature.
The ferry will land you at Craignure. If
you are staying at the Western Isles Hotel turn
right and drive the 22 mile to Tobermory.
AChNACROISh or Torosay
The 880 acre Torosay Castle estate is now privately owned by a Swiss Charity and only the gardens are open to the public five times a year on the first Sunday in the month between May and September.
A very pleasant mile and half walk from
the gatehouse at Craignure through
Fennellas Woods on the Torosay
Drive 1.3 miles south on A849 and turn left into the Torosay Estate. Since Torrosay was sold a few years ago onlt the gardens are open to the public on the first Sunday of the Month.
In 2002 the BBC launched a childrens TV programe called Balamory. It ran for 254 episodes and based in Tobermory. Shops took the name Balamory like the Balamory Post Office and for years the town was awash with children. In 2012 the BBC cancelled Balamory. The Balamory Express (a narrow gauge railway) which used to run from the ferry terminal at Craignure to Toroasy Castle (Acknachroish in IKWIG) also has gone as the new owners did not wish to have the trains there. Everything was split up and shipped to mainland Scotland.
|CASTLE OF SORNE
There is a lot to see at Duart so allow plenty of time. No photography allowed inside the castle. www.duartcastle.com
Duart Castle is most impressive and is the home to the Clan Maclean.
This is an 8-mile undulating and twisting route. I caution to drive slowly and carefully as there are many hazards including stroppy sheep, defiant ducks and gutsy geese as you pass stunning scenery. At the shore line there will be a tall pyramid cairn.https://goo.gl/maps/YFur82yM2uWVfJnQA
|Turn left and drive a few hundred yards pasted the front of a chapel and there will be a sign on you right "park cars here on grass". Stop and park here as it private land after here and no parking any further on. Walk over a little stone bridge and right through a five bar gate (Please shut the gate after you). You will soon see the majestic sight of Moy castle.|
|The iconic phone box has seen better days. The door is lost and the phone doesn't work. British Telecom have been trying to remove it for years as it cost more to maintain it than it brings in revenue. So, Robert Beverage to threaten them as it has a preservation order on it. The Phone number is +44 (0) 1681-704203 - why not give it a ring and so whoever answers will give them a rest from walking up that hill. https://goo.gl/maps/9GacFFR2cPS2|
From Lochbuie is it a rigorous 5 mile
coastal walk or a 26 mile drive to Carsaig pier
which will take you past the famous telephone
|Carsaig House (Erraig House) is private and not open to the public.|
|Tenuous link this one as it is not in IKWIG but Wendy Hiller stayed at the Argyll Arms in Bunessan (pronounced quickly as BUNN-IS-AN) while filming at Carsaig. Michael Powell being heavily involved with Pamela Brown staying at Carsaig House (Erraig) at the time. We stayed here for a few days in summer 2009. Very pleasant and friendly staff. https://goo.gl/maps/KTmRypQwxEm|
Dont try and do all the above in one or two days - have some fun and spread it out over a week or two.
Updated 13th October 2019