The bus ride up the West Coast of Scotland from Glasgow is awesome, past Loch Lomond in the sunshine and a stop on Loch Fyne at Inverarary where I broke my journey for 4 hours to wait for the next bus.
It was tactical and football oriented, so that I arrived in Inverarary in time to walk up the main street, the ONLY street, from the harbour and into the 18th Century George Hotel and its bar, for Man Utd v Chelsea on Sky TV. I guess the whole world was watching? I enjoyed a pear cider and watched The Reds Devil the Blues on route to a record breaking 19th league title.
The only other watering hole was facing the harbour, The bar in The Argyll Hotel for a pot of tea and Barca vs Espanyol. Then it was the bus finally to Oban an hour away.
It is an awesome harbour and I found a room with a view on The Esplanade for only 15 pounds a night. I wondered around town in the evening with groups of young 20 something revellars and found a place on George Street, NORIES for fish(haddock) and chips. Two large pieces. I sat outside at 10.00pm eating out of the paper, and it was still light. I went inside to say goodbye to Anthony, whose family owns it, and his crew and remarked upon the taste and the value.
Up early at my accomodation at The Corran House and a stroll to the pier. I stopped at Subway for a huge breakfast sub and a coffee then off to catch the MV Isle of Mull www.calmac.co.uk to Cragnuire on Mull. Waiting for those interested was the bus across the island to the capital, Tobermory. John the driver took only 35 minutes on one lane roads with a running commentary. " "Population 2008, and 5 policemen". he said "No crime, If you want to be mugged you have to do it to yourself!!"
The pretty harbour town has white washed houses in various pastel colours. a stroll for an hour or so then back to the ferry and Oban. Beautiful yellow wild gorse, shaggy Highland cattle, sheep, seabirds and suprisingly outside farms, Honesty boxes with eggs, jams, and more for the traveller to take away and leave the money.
On the quayside at Oban I bought a fresh smoked salmon sandwich and some dressed crab, and off to a shop on the harbour offering whisky tasting at lunchtime. I tried a Columbia Cream Scottish liquor, then some whiskys including my favourite, Bonmore single malt. TIME FOR A NAP !