Travel Blogs from Fionnphort
... into Oban this morning. A very small and exclusive ship she hosted the Queen for her 80th birthday and numerous other celebrities. Another even smaller 'small ship’ came in last night but had already departed when we got up, the Lord of the Glens.
It was actually a different Pheonix Reisen ship anchored off Oban, the Amadea. Looked like one of the old Royal Viking ships but with a different bow.
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... and therein lies part of its charm. We could spend only two nights, but we were happy that we could be here on a Sunday and attend the church service at the Iona Abbey.
The service was simple, ecumenical, and beautiful. The cantor rehearsed us on a few simple chants beforehand and then ascended to the balcony, where she improvised on the ...
From the map, it looked like it would be a short 15 minute ferry across from Oban to Mull, but it was a 45 minute ride. Still the scenery was lovely, despite the wind.
On board, raising money for their school was a bagpipes and drums high school band; providing us with some authentic and pleasant music during the trip.
A bus took us to Duart Castle. This ...
... lunch at the seafood shack right by the ferry terminal before departing for Craignure, on the Isle of Mull.
We paused briefly to admire Duart Castle, headquarters of the McClean clan (there are some McCleans in my family tree) before heading to the opposite end of the island, Fionnphort, where we would catch the ferry to Iona. It had begun to rain, and by ...
... eeeeek. we were supposed to do a photography course on Monday, but the weather was dodgy
('persistent heavy rain forecast) so our photography tour was postponed for a day.
We spent the first 2 nights in the gorgeous Strongarbh House, making friends with Hobbs the cat and meeting the whole family,
Jane and Adrian run the place but their sister and Janes parents looked
after us for the first part of our stay . The house ...