Blog Diary 2 – Penrith to Oban

Day 2 Penrith to Oban

Today started with an early morning walk around Penrith Castle.

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After a look around the castle it was time for breakfast and get on the road again, but before going too far, we went for a walk around Mayburgh Henge, about 1.5 miles f on Penrith, built in the late Neolithic around 3000-2000BC.

And then we were on our way. We got a quick glimpse at Brougham Castle.

But our next major stop off, apart from coffee and toilet breaks, was at Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park.

A beautiful stop off and the water was nice and warm.

Then not much drama until we got to Oban, apart from the SatNav having a change of heart and instead of taking us down the main roads from the top of Loch Awe, it took us what felt like off roading on roads that were only roads by virtue of their name. We almost came close to becoming intimate with some Highland cattle and sheep!

But we finally got to Oban, much less traffic and fewer dramas as yesterday. It is such a shame that I do not get to see more this fascinating place too, as our schedule is tight. Got a great view of the harbour and pier from the hotel window.

After checking in we went for some food and found dan Amphitheatre!

McCaigs Tower is a tower on Battery Hill overlooking the Oban. It is built of Bonawe granite takenn from the quarries across Ardis Bay, on Loch Drive.

The structure was commissioned by the wealthy, philanthropic banker (North of Scotland Bank), John Stuart McCaig. The tower was erected between 1897 and his death, aged 78.

McCaig’s intention was to provide a lasting monument to his family, and provide work for the local stone masons during the winter months. McCaig was addmirer of Roman and Greek architecture and had planned for an elaborate structure, based on the Colosseum in Rome.

His plans allowed for a museum and art gallery with a central tower to be incorporated. Inside the central tower he planned to commission statues of himself, his siblings and their parents. His death brought an end to construction with only the outer walls completed.

Today it is a public garden and popular wedding venue.

So that brings us to the end of day two. Time for beer! Tomorrow the journey continues, from Oban to Uig on the Isle of Skye.

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