Travel Report

1st Club tour to bonnie Scotland

October 18th ... 22nd 2002
Oban, Argyll

day 1 , day 2 , day 3 , day 4 , day 5

Day 1

It is a rainy day in Kornwestheim as we met about 5:15 a.m. at Davids. There' just enough time for a good coffee and then the Scotland banner is rolled out. We put the luggage into the car and start our tour exactly as planned at half past 5. We are a little bit excited: Scotlands westcoast in middle of october is even a guaranty for good whether and nobody of us has tried out flying with Ryanair.

There aren't any problems on the way to Hahn Airport at the Hunsrück hills so that we arrive very early: 8 o'clock. Soon we find a parking lot for free that is not too far away from the terminal building. Check in is also a very short action. Instead of boarding cards we get numbered plastic cards. There's no seat reservation, like in a bus. Now we have lots of time. We have a closer look at the terminal building and have a good secand breakfast. After passing the security check we have to wait again and then the plane entering beginns. Like after a secure command at once all passengers are around the gate door. At first families with children can go to the plane, followed by the card holders with numbers less than 60, also we. You have to walk to the plane. There's no rain any longer. Friendly guides show the way to the gangway. We catch a row with outside view. As the passengers with the higher numbers arrive it is told that the have to hurry taking a seat. Quickly the doors are closed, the crew performs the security show and than we take off.

We start as planned at 10 a.m.. The wheather is becoming better and better so that we can see to the ground. We can see The Channeland Manchester. After exactly 100 minutes we land at Prestwick Airport, 35 miles southwest of Glasgow. It is quite cold but cloudless and best sunshine as we step out of the plane - we are happy !! As we pssewd the customs after only a short delay we see that our luggage is just going around the return conveyor belt.

The next days we will drive around with a siver-grey Peugeot 307 that isum -as we will learn later- a little bit weak motorised.

We can catch our our suitcases and hurry through a narrow passage to the terminal building where we rent our car at the AVIS counter .

We check the car, find some scratches that we note at the counter and start at once in Glasgow direction (A77, M77), where we buy some food and drink at an ASDA supermarket at first. As quick as possible we catch the A8 and go westbound. We pass the Airport and pay toll at the Clyde bridge. Behind Dumbarton the A82 turns northbound and we pass "The bonnie banks of Loch Lomond" that we find in best sunshine. in Tarbet we turn left and use the A83 and enter Argyll & Bute.

After the passage of Loch Long we enter Glen Croe, a higher glen with nearly no civilization, some small lochs and an incredible landcape scenery. At the other side the road drops down to Loch Fyne. We have to go arounds its Lochend and find lots of cars in front of the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar. We don't stop and go through to Inveraray.
At first we wanted to visit the imposing building of Inveraray Castle but it is closed on Fridays. So we can feel the silence and have a view to the old bridge and to Loch Fyne.

Nach einem Foto durch die Tür in den ersten Raum steigen wir wieder ins Auto.

At this map you can see the 2nd part of our todays tour route from Loch Lomond via Inveraray to Oban.

From far away we can see the ruin of Kilchurn Castle with the braes behind. The Steamboat has closed its service for this year. In summer it brings tourists to Kilchurn castle. There's a Highland Wedding at St. Connan's Kirk. We take some video sequences of the bride. All men are dressed in Full Highland Dress - very good.

We use the A819 to go via the Claddich area to Loch Awe.

On the main road A85 we turn westbound, pass the famous Pass of Brander with its beautiful Braes and find the small road to Inverawe Smokery and Fishery. Here we have a Single Track Road for the first time.

At the shop finest salmon is sold. We buy a package of peaces that is much cheaper than the first quality: 4,25 &163; for 500 - 600 g. But it tasts as good as first quality.

Than a lack of time appears for the first time. We have to be Dann kommt zum ersten Mal etwas Zeitnot auf. At 4 p.m. we have a date at the Oban Distillery. 5 minutes too late we arrive in Oban and are happy that they waited for us. So we can take part of the guided tour. We see the Mash Tons, the Pot Stills, and also the old cask filling place that has been prepared for visitors now. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take photos inside the distillery.

for the first time we can see all 6 Distillers Edition - Whiskies of the 6 Classic Malts Distilleries together.

Finally we have a good dram in the Visitor Center (movie: asf, ca. 500 kB) in front of the Classic Malts wall.

We leave a distillerys guest book entry and the club gets a bag of malted barley.

We have a short visit at Anne MacPhail who managed to find a good B&B for us. Now we go to find our B&B "Sgeir Mhoal". A warn welcome awaits us and we enter our room No. 8. We unload the car and start our first Oban Pub Tour that starts at "The Coasters".

We have some pints of Tennents beer we relax having a great view over the Oban Bay at night, to the isles ofKerrera and Mull and to the lots of ship and lighthouse lights. Next Pub is the "Harbour Inn" where we order beneath a good beer also the must: an "Oban" single Malt Whisky. On our way to the B&B we step by at "Lochavullin Bar" wehere we can get a water jug for our Nosing and Tasting activitities as a present.

(C) Single Malt Whisky Club Württemberg e.V. - Jens Burkhardt - Chairman
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