Friday

After thinking we were going to have a leisurely morning, the Lock Keepers had other plans! Within 10 minutes of being told that if we didn’t move immediately, we would have to wait four hours for the next  lock, we had the motor on, the lines off and were making our way into the lock.

We pulled up on the waiting pontoon just outside as Marcus had to go and settle up with the boatyard for yesterday’s  ‘expert’ ……. The lock keeper took our lines and then affered to drive Marcus to the boatyard to save us time and tide …….. yet another example of how kind people are when you’re least expecting it!

Once underway we soon had the sails up and were sailing down Loch Linnhe bound for Oban.

Leaving Copach

Leaving Copach

Leaving the mountains behind

Leaving the mountains behind

The weather was clear and sunny and, out of the wind, it was positively hot!! We sailed all the way to Oban pinching ourselves …………..were we truly sailing downwind in perfect winds and weather??

The RAF was getting some low level practice in before the Bank Holiday and one plane dipped its wings at us as it passed. From up there we must have looked an idyllic sight.

This part of Scotland is breathtakingly beautiful and the photos really don’t do it justice.

Amazing skies too

Amazing skies too

We picked up a buoy in Oban Bay, just down from the Yacht Club, and took the dinghy ashore.

Approaching Oban

Approaching Oban

Life here operates at a  completely different pace than down south………….on the landing jetty there was an Honesty Box, with envelopes provided for visiting yachtsmen to leave their mooring fee posted in the box.

Our mooring. The honesty box is at the bottom of the foot bridge

Our mooring. The honesty box is at the bottom of the foot bridge

Oban harbour with it's folly in the background

Oban harbour with it’s victorian folly in the background

Once ashore we walked down into the town to explore what the town had to offer. Like all these towns, the Victorians developed the town when the railways made access possible and lucrative. Oban is  a busy ferry port with ferries of all shapes and sizes, serving  the outer islands,  moving to and fro. We walked along the sea front and were greeted by one of the Town Ambassadors………..a bit like one of the Olympic Games Makers!……, who pointed us in the direction of his local, Auwly’s bar, where we revived ourselves, and the Ceilidh House where we ended the evening. We strolled a little further on and stumbled on a great restaurant, which led through to its own micro-brewery. Friday fish for us all and it passed our exacting scrutiny……..good food, and excellent service!

The ‘inner  man’ satisfied, we set off for the Ceilidh House……… again we found the refreshingly, un-cynical, simple enjoyment of people of all ages enjoying modern and traditional Scottish music being  played on accordion, piano and bagpipes, by young men. Everyone knew the dances and just got up, paired up and away they went. Unfortunately we would need to have more time to pick up the steps!

The Ceilidgh House

The Ceilidh House

Back to the boat for one of Marcus’ Winter Warmers and bed.

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