We left Glencoe with some relief as the midgies were rife there.  The air was warm and damp – perfect for the little blighters.  Even the warden was wearing a midgie hat (with fine mesh to cover the face and neck) when cutting the grass.  Glencoe is one of those very genteel Camping Club sites with little plastic animals mixed with the flowers in pots.  Well run though with great efficiency.

Our journey took us back through Oban with all its hustle and bustle around the port.  No visit here is complete without a shop in Tesco and, most importantly, diesel.  It has the cheapest we have found. I was able to publish the last blog post in the carpark with my ‘3’ portable wifi.  From here on we should be able to use this for the internet.

On the way to Oban we passed Castle Stalker, a lovely old castle used for filming The Life of Brian in days past.


I do like the Connel Bridge into Oban, especially from the inside…


The trip to Muasdale in Kintyre (our next home for 3 nights) was about 140 miles and took us down the coast to the county of Argyle and Bute, going through Lochgilphead and Tarbert (header picture).  There wasn’t much to photograph on the way but we did see this heron in Lochgilphead.


Not sure what this flower is, growing wild by the water?  Perhaps my botanical correspondent will know? 🙂


Tarbert is a busy harbour town and looked good in the late afternoon sunshine.


Lots of boats!


And fond memories of when we stayed there, when Sally and Robert were young, with my Mother and Father.

Peter popped into the Co-op for some of our favourites while I took some photos.

We eventually reached Muasdale – a very neat little site directly onto the beach, much like the one we stayed at two years ago but much quieter.  Except for the traffic, that is, because it is much nearer to the road.


On the beach Peter spotted a Common Sandpiper with his signature ‘comma’ and also a Black-backed Gull who had been lucky with a crab supper.


I think we’re going to enjoy our next three nights here…