Merry Christmas from the Rudland family

Loch Awe

Thursday, 25 September.
Margaret and I set off today to call in at Janet and Adrian’s for an overnight stop on our way to Portsonachan on the south side of Loch Awe.

We had spent our honeymoon at nearby Ardbrecknish, but as this was no longer an hotel, we decided to stay at Portsonachan just a wee bit further down the loch. We were told when we arrived that we had been upgraded to a lochside suite which had a lounge area, a galley kitchen and, on the second floor, a mega bed-cum-bath. Settled in we went along to the main hotel for our dinner. Food great and wine also.

On Saturday we decided to visit Oban, but the weather was not propitious and the vintage lorry rally there was a bit of a washout. Snack lunch and a look in at the local museum filled in the time. We do not normally “do” Tesco but there was no choice so the wherewithal for our evening meal came from there. So home and dined in our own wee pad.

Sunday was slightly better and we made for the Heritage site at Bonawe Ironworks. It is hard to imagine that iron was smelted here back in 1753 because of the ready availability of wood to provide the charcoal which was the fuel. Perhaps, because of its remoteness, it was very well preserved and has now been laid out to show how the furnace would have looked in its working days.

At the head of the loch stands Kilchurn Castle, approached by a track over the tusssocky grass. Really spectacular views down the Pass of Brander. Photos in the gallery should show what it looked like.

In the evening we had booked our dinner in the main restaurant and, again, it was a memorable meal.

Monday morning we packed up and headed south, with a stop at Bonkle where we had lunch with Rowan and Tony. And so back to Dalbeattie.

Another memory to add to our store.

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