Monday, 12th June, 2023

Today we left our accommodation in Fort William and made our way to Oban. As has been the case every day for a while now, there were many opportunities to take photos along the way.

This was taken not far from Fort William

We took a slight detour to visit the town of Ballacuilish which had a lovely church but it was not open. We continued to Glencoe which was not very interesting either! A short distance from Glencoe, we found Glen Coe. This is much more interesting! It is a picturesque valley cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. There is an information centre and a café. Numerous walks start there.

A view of Glen Coe from the Visitor Centre

This replica of a 17th century Turf and Keel House built by the National Trust for Scotland turf, wattle and thatch structure was erected using traditional materials, tools and techniques.

This deer was spotted near the main pathway.

This European Robin waited on the path in front of me just long enough for me to "snap" it.

Next on the list for today was Dunollie Castle. This is a ruined castle near Oban. It was abandoned in the mid 18th century and its roof was removed in order to save on taxes.

This house, built in 1745, was built to replace the accommodation in the castle. Part of it is a museum, the rest is a private house.

The kitchen was used up until the mid 1950s.

A Song Thrush

The entry into the castle courtyard

Views from the castle courtyard

The Keep had four floors. The ground floor was the only one to have a vaulted ceiling. It is thought that it was used as a storeroom.

Those walls are really thick!

The first floor is thought to have been used as a general living space and a kitchen. The second floor was the main hall and the third was likely to have been private apartments.

Looking down to the courtyard from the first floor of the keep.

There were a few small garden areas to explore. I met this bumble bee in one of them.

The Raven's Knoll

The front of a viking ship?

Our final place to explore today was St John's Episcopal Cathedral in Oban. This was begun in 1846. At that time it was a small chapel. An aisle was added in 1882. Then, in 1906, plans were drawn up for a much bigger building. Unfortunately, funds ran dry in 1910 and the building has remained in its current unfinished state since then.

Looking toward the east end. Note the steel girders at the top of the photo which support the central tower, and the diagonal supports supporting the unfinished nave.

The Quire

The Lectern

The High Altar

Some of the choir stalls with the bishop's throne at the rear. The church became a cathedral in 1920.

The plaque for the above reads:
"The Eagle of St.John.
To the Glory of God and in Memory of
Choirboy. Server, Choirman, Vestryman, Lay Representative, Churchwarden, Lay Elector
1885 - 1969"

Intricate carving on the Provost's stall

The Pulpit

Detail of above

The pipes above are just for show. In 1993, the pipe organ which had been in the cathedral for 80 years failed. It was replaced with the current instrument (a "Bradford Computing Organ").

Looking towards the east from the nave altar

After settling in to our accommodation, Maridon House, we decided to walk down to the town to find somewhere for dinner.

We chose "The Royal Hotel"

Dinner was delicious!

Someone had gone to a lot of trouble to create this "minion" in celebration of the coronation!

Satoshi made a new friend at the front of our accommodation!

The rather pleasant view from the window of our room.

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