Scotland Blog June 4th, 2014

June 04, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Scotland Blog - Wednesday June 4th, 2014 - Barra to Oban 

We had an early start this morning as our ferry departed Barra at 7:30 a.m. for our sail back to the mainland. Our total travel time on the ferry today was just over 7 hours. That might seem like a long journey but the weather was beautiful which made for a great day to sit outside and photograph the many sights as they passed.

This afternoon we arrived in Oban and prior to checking into our hotel visited the Oban distillery. It was a great tour including a taste of 14 year special keg and then an additional taste of their latest 14 year old single malt at the end of the tour.  Then on to check into our hotel. For the next two nights we will be staying at the Oban Bay Hotel.

Tomorrow we will be boarding another ferry and sailing to the Isle of Mull, which is part of the Inner Hebrides. We will be spending most of the day photographing on the island.

Tonights images are a combination of more photos from Barra and our todays travels. Enjoy the photos and tonight from Oban.

This maps shows you our Scotland journey so far. 


Lady of the Isle monument done in HDR black and white.


A view from the hill top of Eriskay ferry port around 1 p.m. yesterday.


Ken taking a few minutes to walk along the beautiful white beaches of the Isle.


Jacqui taking a few shots.


HDR black & white ... Sheep on a hill.


Rest time.


Baby lamb keeping a close eye.


Bill capturing a few images on the beach.


This dog was at the Barra airport today.


This is Barra airport ... and the interesting thing about visiting this airport is that the flights can only land during low tide because the runway is the beach.


We timed our visit to catch a flight landing and taking off 20 minutes later. You can see the spray from the wet shell based beach as the flight lands.


Passengers arriving walk across the beach to the airport.


Take off about 20 minutes later.  Two flights a day arrive and take off, there are usually more folk watching the flights arrive than in the airport for travel.


An interesting cemetery located just up the road from the airport. 


Another shot with some interesting clouds.


There are many graves dating back to 17th and 18th century.


Jacqui and Diane checking out some reflections in Castlebay.


Bill finds the reflection too, this is the church that overlooks the harbour in Castlebay.


Ken capturing a few shots of Kisimul Castle.


The beach at sunset near our hotel in Barra last night.


Another shot of the beautiful sunset last night ... this is the light at 10:00 p.m.


Don Jones took this great shot ... I can almost hear what the sheep is saying ... “Looks like fish for dinner ... this is my kind of family!!” I know I know a baaaad joke.


The beautiful reflections as we waited for the ferry to depart this morning.


Our ferry with Kisimul Castle in the background.


More reflections on the bay.


The parking area on the ferry.


Creative ship workers ... this guy was on one of the ferry decks today.


More reflections with part of Castlebay in the background.


More of Castlebay.


A view off the back of the ferry as we sailed out of Barra Island today.


Duart Castle on Mull as we sailed passed.


Joan and Don relaxing on the deck.


David, Ruth and Jacqui enjoying the beautiful sunlight on the deck today.


Diane can been seen in the bottom right corner capturing a few images as we arrived in Oban.



Harry MacPherson sent me this little pome today and said if I have a shot of the ferry to share it. Thanks Harry!! "The Earth belongs unto The Lord and all that it contains except the Outer Hebrides and they belong to Caledonian MacBrayne".


Lighthouse near Oban.


A view of our hotel as we arrived into the harbour.  Our hotel is the third building from the left. We have a great view of the harbour from the sun room.


A creative shot of the water as we sailed by Deb.


A couple more lighthouses as we sailed into Oban.


Here’s the other.


We’ve been finishing each night with something yellow, so here are a couple of shots for today’s entry. This was at the ferry port before our departure this morning.


This yellow is a creative piece from Deb. You never know what you will find in the countryside!!!


That’s a wrap for tonights images. Good night from Oban, Scotland.


Please add a comment

Posted by Gail Steer on
Great pics today!
Love the sheep and of course the Border Collie.
If you see any Shelties please take a pic for me!
Posted by Kim Eller on
Unfortunately for the lamb looking in the window the best lamb I ever had was at the hotel you are staying at in Oban.
Say hi to David for me and enjoy the rest of your trip.
As soon as I saw the pic of the border collie I thought of you Gail.
Posted by Carol on
Great shots Trekkers. Especially enjoyed reflections of the church at Castlebay and the B&W of the lady if the isle. Thank youB
Posted by Claudia Hepburn on
I've been enjoying the photos each day. Say Hi to David Fox for us. Hope You enjoy the rest of your trip and have a safe trip home. Claudia
Posted by Kat on
Beautiful shots!! Wish I was there,...give David a hug for me!
Posted by Shari on
Another beautiful day in Scotland with some fabulous shots. Difficult to decide on the best one, but the sheep looking through the window is definitely one of my favourites. Looking forward to tomorrows photos and more adventures from Scotland. It sure is quiet in the office here without Ruth! Hope everyone is having an unforgettable trip. You sure hit some nice weather!
Posted by Linda Feick on
Beautiful day and wonderful pictures!
Posted by Gail Nichol on
Wow more great photos James. After seeing them I want to go back for sure!!
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