Argyll & Bute

Western Scotland north of Glasgow - Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Oban

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond stretch from Alexandria on the south end, not far north of Glasgow, up to Inverarnan in the southern Highlands.

The Loch Lomond Aquarium is in Loch Lomond Shores, Alexandria.

A family of otters at the Aquarium

The village of Luss stands on the shore of Loch Lomond - this is the view from Luss across the loch to Ben Lomond

The facade of the former Argyll Motor Works building in Alexandria is all that remains of what was once one of the largest and fanciest automobile factories in the UK. Built in 1906, what is left is presently occupied by Lomond Galleries, a shopping mall. 

The Inveruglas power plant at the north end of Loch Lomond

The Inversnaid ferry crosses Loch Lomond from the hotel and pier at Inversnaid on the east bank to Inveruglas on the west bank.

On the road between Inverarnan and Crianlarich, one enters into the rough scenery of the Highlands. 

The Falls of Leny can be seen near the village of Kilmahog north west of Callander in the Trossachs National Park.

Inverary and vicinity

Kilchurn (pronounced "Killern") Castle on Loch Awe
 - ancestral home of the Campbell clan

Inverary - a planned community or "New Town" of the 18th century, built between 1772 and 1800. The church in the center of the town is double-ended - one side for English, one for Gaelic.

Inverary Jail offers an interesting look into crime and punishment in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

The jail is filled with characters - in this case, a barrister and his (somewhat inebriated) client discuss his case outside the courtroom.

In the courtroom, a witness gives testimony in a case.

In the courtyard of Inverary Jail.

View from the Jail

One of the corridors lined with cells.

A warder at the jail.

Prisoners at Inverary Jail

The Inverary Maritime Museum has a "puffer" and an iron sailing ship. The puffers were the standard steam boats, providing transport for goods up and down the Scottish Coast. This one is named the Vital Spark, after the puffer in Neill Munro's "Para Handy" stories. 

The bridge at Inverary with its distinctive central porthole, built in 1775 by General Wade as part of his military road.


Oban Harbor, ferry port for Mull, Barra, Coll, Colonsay, Lismore, and Tiree. 

Oban is the ferry port not just for Mull, but also for the smaller isles of the Inner Hebrides. This is the ferry to Eigg.

Fishing boats line the quay at Oban. Note the "ruin" on the hill above the town - it was a work-relief project funded by a local businessman in the 19th century. 

Tarbert and the Mull of Kintyre

The Mull of Kintyre was made famous in the song by Paul McCartney. Tarbert, whose name means "carry across", sits at the base of the Kintyre peninsula. In the past, boats would sail up the Firth of Clyde to Tarbert, then unload and portage their cargo across Tarbert to Loch Fyne and the sea, thereby avoiding having to sail around Kintyre. Today, it is a fishing port and the nearest town to the ferry to Islay. 

Tarbert village

View of Tarbert from the castle - there was a fun fair there the day we visited.

Across the harbour to Tarbert

Fishing Boats and Fun Fair at Tarbert

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