Day 1 – Glasgow to Oban

Glasgow Airport to Oban

 My plan is to blog every day (dependent on Internet connectivity) but the majority of the places we’re staying all boast having wi-fi on their websites. So we’ll see how well it goes.

For fun, I’ve come up with a game to play throughout our travels. It’s called “Seeking Sarah Shand”. The idea is, I’ll post a photo of my book at various locations – sort of like “Where’s Waldo” but different. You try to guess where the photo was taken and either email your answer to me (for those of you who aren’t comfortable leaving comments on blogs) or leave it in a comment. There will be clues in the written part of the blog post since I couldn’t be that mean… or could I?

This is the route we plan on taking to get from Glasgow to Oban where we’re spending the night at High Cliff Guest House.


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Despite not leaving Toronto on time, our flight got in to Glasgow Airport fifteen minutes early, which was quickly eaten up waiting to get off the plane and then at the car rental desk. Our booking couldn’t be found so they gave us an even better car – a silver Skoda Astra diesel with a six speed manual transmission. It took me a bit to get used to shifting but the driving bit on the wrong side of the car and road came back straight away. Hubby isn’t comfortable driving here so he navigates and lets me drive.

We didn’t go the route we originally intended and in a way, I’m glad we didn’t. The A82 was narrow and bendy enough in stretches and it was always at the most inopportune moments that we met traffic on a bend crowding into our lane.


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The intended route was longer and the A816 was much narrower (according to google street views) so despite running into some heavy rain showers (the heaviest rain always seemed to hit when we were in a bendy, narrow stretch of road just to add to the fun).

On arrival at High Cliff, we couldn’t check in right away but were able to leave the car there, so we walked down to the town to get a late lunch/early supper so we could have an early night. Being up since early the morning Saturday, we needed lots of sleep tonight.

High Cliff B&B
High Cliff B&B

It rained on our way into the town center so we didn’t walk up to McCaig’s Tower. We would have gotten drenched had we attempted it. Maybe the weather tomorrow will be more conducive to an up close and personal trip (by car on our way to our next stop.

McCaig's Tower from the harbour
McCaig’s Tower from the harbour

In the end, we went for a fish tea at The Caledonian Hotel (the large beige coloured building with the tower).

The Caledonain Hotel from the harbour
The Caledonain Hotel from the harbour

While we ate our fish, chips and salad, the rains teemed down. We were glad we were inside where it was dry. There was more than one poor soul walk by looking like a drowned rat.

We waited until it let up and made our way back to the B&B. Rather than lug two heavy suitcases upstairs, we only took out what we needed and put those things in two cloth shopping bags I had packed.

Our rental car
Our silver Skoda outside High Cliff

These next pictures are of our room…

Our room at High Cliff
Our room at High Cliff
Our room at High Cliff
Our room at High Cliff
Our rom at High Cliff
Our rom at High Cliff
View from our room at High Cliff
View from our room at High Cliff

And now it’s time to play SEEKING SARAH SHAND!

Seeking Sarah Shand
Seeking Sarah Shand
Seeking Sarah Shand
Seeking Sarah Shand

So leave me a comment with your guesses where Sarah turned up for these photos, and if you’re not comfortable doing that, drop me an email (melanie@melanierobertson-king.com).

8 thoughts on “Day 1 – Glasgow to Oban”

  1. Hi Don and Mel: good to hear that you arrived safe and sound, although the drive seemed a little challenging. The B&B looks beautiful, and it is too bad that it was raining when you arrived. None the less it looks like Sarah enjoyed a nice glass of ‘dark beer’ (?guiness?) at the Caledonian before turning in to bed at the beautiful B&B at High Cliff, with the lovely views.
    Hope that you can get a good nights sleep and have a fantastic day tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing more about your adventure! xo mj

  2. I’d say Sarah was having high tea at the Caledonia hotel… and nice to have her trying a beer too. And since she’s been on the move, I’d guess those are the pillows from the bed at your 1st B&B (High Cliff). Glad to know you are there safely and getting about. Have a wonderful, wonderful time!

  3. Hi Melanie:
    Glad to hear you arrived safely
    The first picture with your book is at the Caledonian Hotel where you ate your late lunch/early supper and the second picture with your book; the book is on your bed at the B&B.
    Enjoy your trip

  4. You’re here! I mean, you’re in the country, I feel like I can *almost* reach you and say hi. Although as far as distance goes, you’re still a loooong way away. Thank you for this fabulous post, it’s wonderful to be part of your journey. Happy driving ~ you’re a braver woman than me, LOL! I’d say Sarah is having a fish tea in the Caledonian and then resting up at High Cliff! Have a fabulous Monday! (Teehee…and with a bit of luck, you’ll be picking up this comment in the next couple of hours rather than half way through the day. AWESOME!!)

  5. Glad to hear you got to Scotland safely, and I reckon you did bring the rain with you because it was a lovely sunny day on the east coast. Mind you, the west coast is always wetter. Now I know you’re heading east at some point so I’m making another plea to you to leave the rain behind.. See you on Thursday.

  6. Happy to hear that u arrived safe in Scotland !! Waiting to hear more about your adventurous trip !!! Take Care and Enjoy !!

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