Tuesday, 28.08.2012

A rainy morning, once again... The forecast promised improvement over the day, so we started for Glen Etive anyway. I had read some travel reports where people repeatedly had seen deer in the glen and we hoped to have some luck, too.

On the way to Glencoe lies Castle Stalker, which is only accessible by boat.

Castle Stalker

After a short photo stop we drove through Glen Coe until we came to the turnoff just before the Kingshouse Hotel. A few hundred meters into Glen Etive it looked like the sun would break through - but we were mistaken, soon dark clouds covered the sky again with occasional showers now and then.

at the head of Glen Etive

A spot of blue sky!!


After we made it all the way to Gualachulain at Loch Etive without seeing any deer we turned around and headed back to Glen Coe.

Buachaille Etive Mor shrouded in clouds

Finally the sun made its appearance again when we reached Loch Achtriochtan.

At the Clachaig Inn we enjoyed some Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Custard for lunch.

Our next stop was at the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary where rescued seal pups are cared for and prepared for a release back into the wild. There is also a pair of otters named Lewis and Isla. The otter feed is always fun to watch. In a large salt water pool with small sharks and rays the fish can be touched. Especially the rays seem to be quite curious and their skin feels very rough - just like sandpaper.

Lora, "stepsister" for the rescued pups

Lora at training

Lewis feeding

touch the ray

rainbow over Loch Creran

Back in Oban we had an Early Evening Dinner at the Waterfront Restaurant. A two course meal for 10 GBP is quite a deal and the dishes tasted really fine.

Mussels and Crab Chowder for starters

Oban Harbour

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