My blog is mostly about wildlife, particularly birds, walking, days out, all growing things and anything else that comes to mind.
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Day journey into the Scottish Highlands..

We set off this morning for an excursion to, ultimately, Fort William]

En route..through the coach window


First stop was Waterfalls... amazing.. what they must look like in full spate though!!










A brief stop in Fort William.. where this Bernese Mountain dog was waiting patiently... he was gorgeous..

and next stop the Commando Memorial...





En route now a swing bridge.. we had to wait for it to close


and the locks on the Caledonian Canal - pretty amazing!!









and then a time spent in Fort William.. a pleasant town.. pity it turned so cloudy and grey..






Oh yes, says Ponders, I'm all for Ice Cream!!

and various views (taken from a moving coach) on the way back




tomorrow.. we'll be heading south...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

A local day in Oban, Black Guillimots, Birds, Seals and a Castle

Today I stayed in Oban.. no excursions and it was great just to wander and decided what to do.

I started with a walk along the sea front in hope of seeing Black Guillimots again and I wasn't disappointed.  Some research advised me that there approx 30 pairs nesting here.. I found where that was.. they nest in holes in the sea wall.. amazing sights.. I saw at least 25 at one time.

So have some pics of birds and mostly Black Guillimots


















oh.. and a Herring Gull (I believe)....


I went on a boat trip out to see seals... again not disappointed... lovely to see them. However trying to take pics from a rocking and rolling boat was a challenge to say the least!!









I'd walked along the seafront quite a bit, so some pics and also of views seen from the boat























and finally, I walked to the North end of Oban bay to visit Dunollie House and Castle - now  a ruin. Dunollie is still today the ancestral home  of the Clan MacDougall having been there since 1745.

Had a rather nice smoked Salmon lunch with Oatcakes on arrival at Dunollie, and then had a wander.

Dunollie seen from the boat















Thought of OC when I saw this!!

















A good day and lovely to be unorganised in terms of the coach trip and have a day on my own.. the weather however seems to be breaking.. getting cloudy and the wind is definitely picking up speed.


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