Sunday 2 August 2015
Circular sightseeing drive
The bunkhouse was quite nice and I had no desire to head off in the rain so I decided to stay another day and make the most of the relative comfort.
The bunkhouse was quite near to Duart Castle, the seat of the Clan Maclean who once ruled over Mull, Jura, Islay and part of Argyll, so I thought I’d take a look. The two old ladies staying in the bunkhouse were also heading there so I gave them a lift and ended up walking around with them. It is a well positioned castle, right on the NE corner of Mull where the Sound of Mull meets the inner seas off the West Coast of Scotland. It is almost opposite Oban. On a good day (which unsurprisingly this was not) you could see for miles and have a commanding view of all the sea traffic. Apparently this was a stopping point for ships travelling between Ireland and Norway.
The castle was interesting to look around and then I was treated to two coffees in the cafe where I listened to Jean and Rosemary’s stories for over 2 hours. They had both worked in social care in Glasgow and so were better versed in the world of prison and drugs than me. It was fascinating.
In the afternoon I drove them off the main road a bit and we went down to Lochbuie for a look.
There was a small post office on the shore which operates on a help yourself basis with an honesty box. Jean and Rosemary had another coffee while I walked along the shore in the rain, just as far as Moy Castle.
It had been a chilled day and I had enjoyed the company. In the evening I went to the pub next door for some food and a pint. It was still raining on and off.