There has been a sperm whale (of all things) in the harbour at Oban for the past couple of weeks. I first heard about it on 1st April, and had to do a double take before I established that it was for real and not an April fool. We popped down to see whether we could view it on Monday but the closest we got was finding a man who had viewed it a couple of minutes before we arrived. We stood on the harbourside, wrapped up against the wind and taking it in turns at the binoculars, until the children could take it no more then retired to seek refreshment. Continue reading
I’ve been to this amazing place a couple of times since it opened. Right on the banks of Loch Leven, it serves really fresh and delicious sea food and if there aren’t too many midgies, you can sit out in the deck with spectacular views of the loch and the mountains. Continue reading
There are some great places to get local food nearby.
You can get amazing seafood fresh from huge tanks with lobsters and crabs and all sorts crawling about at the Loch Leven Seafood Cafe. They have a superb restaurant too.
And of course there is wild food growing around the place, look out for sea beet on the shore, chantarelles in the woods, and blaeberries on the hills
The Real Food cafe is the absolutely ‘must stop’ place to eat on the way to Cuil. The food is perfect, the welcome is warm, and the ambiance is buzzing with climbers refueling after a day in the hills, families with sleepy children on the way north, and West-Highland Wayers. Continue reading
I love to go for a swim and a very late lunch at the Holly Tree on a particularly wild and wild-swept day after a bracing, and possibly wet, walk. Continue reading