Sunday, 10 June 2012

Waverley to Iona, Inverie and Kyle of Lochalsh

Some photographs from a few days' break up in the West Highlands to sail on the paddle steamer Waverley. We begin at the utterly charming Falls of Lora Hotel at Connel Ferry, where I stayed two nights:

Dinner: mussels followed by lamb:

The hotel gardens:

What a location:

Oban in morning sunshine:

Waverley approaches:

Loading 'catering supplies' (as opposed to food, or even cuisine):

Isle of Mull approaches:

Heading along the rocky South-East coast of Mull:

Iona Bay:

Cal Mac local ferry:

With iona Abbey in the background:

The tender boats arrive to bring Waverley's passengers ashore:


This was followed by a little climb:

Diamond Jubilee decorations:

All too soon, it was time to leave:

Waverley's port-side paddle float in the clear water:

Heading northward:

Lord of the Isles, en route to Colonsay:

The cruise ship Ocean Countess approaches on her way south from Fort William:

Waverley back in Oban:


Oban Harbour the next morning:

Oban signs:

Quality books in Waterstone's:

Lord of the Isles and Hebridean Princess:

The moderne Regent Hotel:

(I merely popped in to have a wee look around)

It looked unfortunately run down and there were some old mattersses piled up for disposal  - oh dear, oh dear:

A pity - it could be such an elegant an stylish place, but it badly needs quite a lot of sympathetic T.L.C.

Corran Esplanade Church of Scotland (Leslie Graham MacDougall, 1957), very much in the manner of Swedish churches of the 1930s:

St Columba's RC Cathedral (Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, 1932-1959) - a very fine modern romantic building:

The main attraction at the Corran Halls - blood transfusions!:

A glimpse of Castle Stalker, seen en route to Mallaig:


In the second hand bookshop in the Fishermens' Mission, someone had shelved Fanny Hill next to the Small Tools Handbook:

Mural with heroic fishermen:

The B&B where I stayed in Mallaig:


The view from my window the next morning:

Colourful fishing boat:

Loch Nevis leaves Mallaig for the Small Isles:

Coruisk approaches:

Onboard Coruisk, bound for Armadale on Skye:

A book of quality for sale in Coruisk's shop:



I never could resist:

An eco-encampment:

Coruisk again:

Waverley approaches Armadale Pier:

Small cruise ship Lord of the Glens:

Passing Coruisk:

Approaching Inverie:

Waverley hiding behind Inverie Pier:

(The midges were out in force, so I got no further than half way along the pier before retreating back aboard ship.)

More passengers boarding Waverley at Mallaig Pier:

A Gradwell with two fish suppers:

Detail shot of another Gradwell eating a fish supper:

Loch Nevis in the distance:

Kylerhea turntable ferry at Glenelg:

The Skye Bridge:

Waverley at Kyle of Lochalsh Pier:

Bed & Breakfast interior:

Dinner at Creelers' Restaurant in Broadford - this was outstanding:

West Coast Squat Lobster - Mmmmm!

And, for dessert, Clootie Dumpling drizzled with Buckfast* reduction (living as I do in Airdrie, the global epicentre of Buckfast consumption, this had to be tasted):

(* For bemused foreign viewers, Buckfast is a tonic wine, made by monks in an abbey in Devon. Once upon a time, it was a 'pick me up' for older people with poor circulation, but in more recent time, it has become the favoured drink of youth in Lanarkshire because it has a sweet taste and its combination of alcohol and quinine makes imbibers drunk and high - if they quaff enough, that is.)

The view from Broadford on Skye, where I stayed overnight:

Waverley leaving Kyle of Lochalsh pier and heading northward, beneath the Skye Bridge:

Things seeen en route home:

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to see the Regent Hotel seems run down - it looks an absolute treasure. The Grand in Fort William was demolished recently as well. The Falls of Lora looks right up my street!