Scottish Scenes from Our Holiday

Whilst we were on holiday this summer in and around Glencoe we visited Castle Stalker again. We first saw it nearly two years ago at the end of an afternoon as the light was fading. So this time we went in the morning and looked at it from both sides. We were staying at Kentallen near Glencoe – Castle Stalker is on the same road, the A828 between Kentallen and Oban and there is a view point behind the View Cafe. Just a short distance along the road there is another viewpoint via an old lane. This takes you down to the shore of Loch Linnhe:

Castle Stalker 1and here it is in close-up:

Castle Stalker 2When I say we ‘visited’ Castle Stalker it’s not strictly accurate as although it is open to visitors that’s only for five days a year  – and not during the time we were there.

From Castle Stalker we drove on to Oban, which as it was the holiday season was packed. But we walked up the hillside above Oban to McCaig’s Tower overlooking the town and it was much quieter there. It’s not actually a tower but a Roman style Colosseum built over a five year period from 1895 until his death in 1902 by John Stuart McCaig. It was unfinished at the time of his death. He intended it to have a roof and a central tower.

McCaig's Tower from below P1000051

Inside the tower is a garden with spectacular views over the town, the harbour and out to  the islands of KerreraLismore and Mull.

McCaig's Tower P1000034


Oban from McCaig's Tower P1000042

I have more photos to show another day of Glen Etive, a beautiful glen in the Central Highlands.

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11 thoughts on “Scottish Scenes from Our Holiday

  1. Oh what gorgeous photos! I’d so love to visit Scotland one day- I think of it as my ancestral homeland. Castle Stalker brings me immediate visions of Monty Python sorry to say… it was featured in the Holy Grail if you’re familiar.


  2. There is something special about Scottish castles isn’t there? We are long overdue a visit to Scotland. I have a relatives in Glasgow I should get up there.


  3. Hope you enjoyed your time in my neck of the woods – my father’s a farmer, and I was brought up in Glen Etive until I was 4, then my father bought a 3000 acre farm on Mull (which he still works at the age of 72, with the help of my mum, sister, and my son, although my son also works full-time on a fish farm.) I live just across the water in Oban, but before that I lived at Appin by Castle Stalker – my aunt and uncle stay just across the water from it. I’d recommend anyone visit Oban, from where you can get the ferry to Mull. A perfect holiday destination, especially if you like to see animals in the wild. Iona’s also worth a visit. And yes, the weather has been as good all summer as Margaret’s great photos suggest. Come and see us!


  4. Thanks for all your comments.

    And Linda welcome to my blog. It must have been great growing up at Glen Etive and Mull, such a beautiful part of the world. We had a lovely holiday and the weather made it even better. Have you visited Castle Stalker? – I would love to see inside.


  5. What lovely photos. Oban is an area of Scotland I’ve not been to, and would love to visit. Sounds like an ideal base for exploration…


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