I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Walking Around Oban
You eating that fry?
Well, Scotland is full of surprises; a
rainy day was forecast but we awoke to sunshine, so we set out after breakfast
to explore the town of Oban.
First we wandered along the waterfront and
out onto the piers. Oban is the terminal for ferries going to many of the
islands offshore, and there is a steady stream of these ships large and small
coming and going. Pretty slick to see the large ones come into the harbour,
turn and slip into the berth sideways. We found a nice looking fresh fish shop
where we plan to get fresh catch for dinner one day.
Painting Oban's Crown
Selfie at McCaigs Tower
After a delicious fish & chip lunch we
decided to climb up the hill to the McCaig’s Tower. High above our apartment
this structure was a mysterious building that invited investigation. It looked
from a distance like a miniature Roman coliseum. Climbing hundreds of stone
steps and steep roads and pathways brought us to a circular wall with arched
windows all the way around.Reading a
sign informed us that this structure served no other purpose but to provide
work to unemployed stone masons by a wealthy resident, John Stuart McCaig of
Oban. He originally intended it to include an art gallery and a monument as
well as statues of him and his family, but none of these additions were
finished. Now it is simply a magnificent crown to the town of Oban providing
great views out over the harbour.
We then wandered back through town to
locate groceries for today’s supper, and back to the apartment after a day
wandering the town.
Oh, guess what, now that our haggis is in
the oven, it’s raining again . . . . .