Archive for June, 2015

Journey No 28

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Journey No 28

2nd June to 4th June 2015

This journey covered 3 days, 317 km / 198 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle to the Lochgilphead and Oban areas of Argyll and back to Carrick Castle, Argyll.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

Auchindrain 'township'

Auchindrain ‘township’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our first visit of the day was to Auchindrain by Furnace, Argyll. This is a unique survival of the old communal farming villages. Two hundred years ago there were 4,000 townships like Auchindrain where families worked the land together. The last residents left in 1967. This township is set in 22 acres and contains all the community’s buildings – its houses, byres, barns and more.

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18th century House

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Construction technique

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19th century interior

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Box bed by the open fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our next visit was to the National Trust’s Crarae Gardens by Furnace, Argyll. These gardens on the north shore of Loch Fyne are in a beautiful woodland glen with tumbling waterfalls. Trees and shrubs from all over the temperate world thrive there including an array of rhododendrons. We did the Red walk in pouring rain but it dried up enough to allow us to do the White walk as well.

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Crarae Gardens

 

 

 

 

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Rhododendrons in full bloom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then drove through Lochgilphead to the Knapdale Forest where we visited the area where beavers have been introduced. The interpretation centre explains the beaver’s habitat and the walks where you can see their activity.

The first night we parked Harrie up in a forest area in the Knapdale Forest.

Harrie parked up for the night

Harrie parked up for the night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

We discovered that there were other beaver sites in the area so went off to another one with a good walk to it where we found very fresh evidence of the beaver’s activity. Whilst walking there two friends appeared on their bicycles who lived close by so we were invited to go back to their house for coffees after we completed our walk…

Beaver's loch in Knapdale Forest

Beaver’s loch in Knapdale Forest

Beaver’s lodge with reflection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaver's activity

Beaver’s activity

Beaver's activity

Beaver’s activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beaver’s lodge from the jetty opposite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then met up with our friends, Bernie & Liz for coffee at Achnamara before heading to Tayvallich for lunch. We then drove down to the end of the single track road to Keilbeg where we visited the chapel with its collection of early gravestones and then walked around the area.

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Harrie at Keilbeg, Argyll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keilbeg Chapel

Keilbeg Chapel

Keilbeg Crosses

Keilbeg Crosses

 

 

 

 

 

 

View to the Isle of Jura from Kwilbeg

View to the Isle of Jura from Keilbeg

Windswept tree at Keilbeg

Windswept tree at Keilbeg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then left Keilbeg to visit Carsaig to watch the sunset.

 

Harrie at Carsaig, Argyll

Harrie at Carsaig, Argyll

Sunset at Carsaig with Jura in the background

Sunset at Carsaig with Jura in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the setting of the sun, we drove to the Glen of Burning near Tayvallich for our second night’s stay in Harrie – a very quiet place off the road.

Harrie at the Glen of Burning

Harrie at the Glen of Burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 4th June 2015

Our first visit of the day was to the National Trust’s Arduaine Gardens, on the A816 20 miles south of Oban and 19 miles north of Lochgilphead. This beautiful garden is on the edge of the Atlantic and is best known for its rhododendron collection.

Arduaine Gardens

Arduaine Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was our last places of interest visit so we went to Oban and did our shopping before returning home to Carrick Castle.  We were mostly lucky with the weather with the exception of our wet first walk at Crarae Gardens we managed to do everywhere else in the relative dry… A nice journey in Harrie!

 

Total mileage for the trip: 317 km / 198 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 15,281 km / 9,551 miles.

Total mileage to date: 125,900 km / 78,688 miles.