Ferry Crossing from Oban to the Isle of Mull

I hope you are all enjoying your week so far? Well here at last I have managed to find time in-between my catch ups here on WP and gardening, plus I started  a knitting project just before I went on holiday which I am now three quarters of the way to finishing.. My hands are rarely still smiles.. 


This photo I did not take.. Photo credit is HERE and more about How one can get across to the Isle of mull and the Isle of Iona is found also at this site. Credit Source:http://www.welcometoiona.com/index.php?id=10

So I hope to tell you this journey in picture format.. So all aboard the Ferry as we set sail from the town of Oban  heading for the Isle of Mull and then later that day to travel to the Isle of Iona.. But today’s post is all about that Ferry ride and the Isle of Mull.

Oban shore line as we set sail on the Ferry. We went to the top deck to get the scenic views as it was such a wonderful morning

Oban shore line as we set sail on the Ferry. We went to the top deck to get the scenic views as it was such a wonderful morning. So stood in the fresh air with the wind in our faces 

The water was calm as it reflected the blue of the sky

The water was calm as it reflected the blue of the sky, and we could not have picked a better day for our trip to the Isle of Mull and Iona. 

Full Steam ahead as we look back to the mainland of Oban Scotland

Full Steam ahead as we look back to the mainland of Oban Scotland

Dunollie Castle is built on the headland at the entrance to Oban Bay. This castle is visible as you sail into or out of Oban Bay, and is shrouded in the trees

Dunollie Castle is built on the headland at the entrance to Oban Bay.
This castle is visible as you sail into or out of Oban Bay, and is shrouded in the trees

Castle Dunollie belonged the MacDougall clan. It was gifted to his Son Dugall when Somerled Lord of the Isle died in the year of  1164.  Its foundations are said to date back to the Iron Age.  Dugall became the first chief of one of the most ancient clans in Scotland. And this small castle is steeped in History more of which can be found at this Link  about the families  eventual down fall to the supremacy of Robert The Bruce. Better known perhaps as Braveheart..

 The History of Wallace and Robert the Bruce can be found at this Link    I hope those who are interested in Scottish History do follow the links, as it makes this journey even more interesting to see the places steeped in so much history. 

We travelled on and I was clicking away at everything that came into view  if you click each photo within the gallery you will find narrative below them. This Light house came into view next 


Eilean Musdile Light House bacomes visible as you cross from Oban to the Isle of Mull

Eilean Musdile Light House becomes visible as you cross from Oban to the Isle of Mull

This was another Castle which appeared on our left as we traveled to Mull

This was another Castle which appeared on our left as we traveled to Mull

Another Zoom shot.. This is Duart Castle.. more of which I will explain about the scaffolding below.

Another Zoom shot.. This is Duart Castle.. more of which I will explain about the scaffolding below.

 Duart Castle  greets you from the ferry when you sail out of Oban harbour.

When we sailed by we could see as we got closer that scaffolding now encircled this old Castle. I read up on returning home and because of the huge amounts of rain we had in 2013’14 the castle lost four ceilings due to water penetration through the chimneys. There is now an appeal on going for donations to help restore it.. This castle is still open and again more can be found at the link above. 

 The Isle of Mull is for next time.. Wishing you All a wonderful week


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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomand

Loch Lomand

The second day we set off to explore more of Loch Lomand..  This loch is one of the largest Fresh Water lochs in Scotland and is around 25 miles long  around 39 Km.  There are numerous small islands too within the Loch itself I believe our guide on the boat said around 30 . Loch Lomond and Trossachs area of Scotland was awarded National Park status in July 2002. And you can see why this beautiful land needs to be preserved in its natural state.

All aboard

All aboard

There was no better way to explore the length of Loch Lomand other than an hour long excursion on a cruise boat.  So off we sailed and below are the views we saw along the way.

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This wonderful house is called Cameron House

Loch Lomand Cameron House

In front of it sat a small sea plane, which we saw take off, if you click the link on Cameron House you will find out more about this House which eventually was bought and turned into a luxurious Hotel.

Sea Plane in front of Cameron House Hotel

Sea Plane in front of Cameron House Hotel

Sea Plane in flight

Sea Plane in flight

Further along in our cruise we passed the Maid of the Loch moored up to the Key-side. 

The Maid of the Loch

The Maid of the Loch

This is the last paddle steamer built in Britain. Once upon a time Paddle steamers would be on the loch dating back to 1818.  This one was loving restored. It is now open to the public as a venue in which weddings can take place and a Tea-room where visitors can have refreshments.  She officially was placed on the UK “Designated Vessels List” which recognises vessels of “Substantial Heritage Merit with Local and regional significance.

After our cruise we walked through a large shopping area and walked to the edge of the loch where the Maid of the Loch was moored up.  

Edge of Loch Lomand and the Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer

Edge of Loch Lomand and the ‘Maid of the Loch’ Paddle Steamer

You can see in the space of that couple of hours how the sky began to clear and it was beautifully Sunny for the rest of the day. This was how each day was while we were in Scotland. Beginning with cloudy mornings which by midday the Sun was shining through. 

Maid of the Loch

Maid of the Loch

We sat here many a while soaking up the Sun and the view.

We sat here many a while soaking up the Sun and the view.

We watched a family use their own peddle power out into the loch on this beautiful day.

We watched a family under their own steam row out into the loch on this beautiful day.

And enjoyed watching the gulls sunny themselves too in the shallows.

And enjoyed watching the gulls enjoying the Sun in the shallows.

I hope you enjoyed this tranquil journey as much as we did. Next time will be the Ferry ride out from Oban to the Isle of Mull and what a beautiful calm day that was , and the views not to be missed. 

Have a wonderful week, I am still in the process of catching up with you all so hope to see you all soon. 

Love and Blessings 


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In 2009, my son was a successful young man with a bright future… until he was stabbed through the brain in an unprovoked attack and left for dead in an alley.

He was found almost immediately by passers-by who saved his life. By the time we arrived at the hospital, Nick was being prepared for emergency brain surgery. We were allowed to see him, for a few minutes, to say goodbye. He was not expected to survive…

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Scotland’s Pure Beauty and History

Moody early morning sky that soon cleared to bright sunshine

Moody early morning sky that soon cleared to bright sunshine

Scotland has so much history and I soaked it all up along with the amazing views and the fresh clean air of Sunny clear days, not a drop of rain did we have all week. A first for all of our visits to this beautiful part of Scotland.

We obviously picked the right week to visit as this week Scotland has had lots of rain and its first snow shower yesterday on Ben Nevis

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This was the Hotel in which we stayed The Ben Doran, in Tyndrum.  photo credit Link HERE 

We were based in the village of Tyndrum in Loch Lomond in the The Trossachs National Park. The village is notable mainly for being at a junction of transport routes. The West Highland Line railway from Glasgow splits approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the south at Crianlarich, with one branch heading to Fort William and the other to Oban. Tyndrum has a station on each end of this small village whose population is less than 200 people .

Tyndrum is also interesting as around 2 miles from the village is a Gold Mine situated upon the hillside of Beinn Chùirn. Although this mine has not been mined to its fullest potential as yet.

Travelling to Inveraray along the shores of Loch Fyne

Travelling to Inveraray along the shores of Loch Fyne

The first day saw us head out for Inveraray  to which we have visited before, Some of you may have read the post with my pictures inside Inveraray Jail before in May along with poem and pictures entitled Altering The System

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Castle stands on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s’

This impressive castle  was said to be inspired by a drawing by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard and started its build in 1746 by the 3rd Duke of Argyll. The castle took 43 years to complete and cost in excess of £300,000. Think of that in today’s money! It must have cost millions of pounds.. Again showing the great divide between rich and poor.. 

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So as you approach,  Inveraray along Loch Fyne on the A83 it actually follows one of Wade’s old military roads; Aray Bridge, just before the castle, dates back to 1775 and is one of wade’s famous military bridges.   This is the bridge..


Aray Bridge, Built by General Wade

At that time Inveraray was isolated and it’s roads were rough tracks. The nearest descent road fit for carriages to travel was over 40 miles away.  So it was that General Wade was sent north to undertake the task, and set about creating a network of roads and bridges which would ensure that troops could be rushed from strategic bases in Fort William, Fort Augustus or Fort George to tackle any insurrection. This was due to the unrest of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 to control the clans so that troops could move about easier through the Highlands.

Along the road we saw the monument watch tower above the castle  I hope you have enjoyed our first  day as we viewed Nature is in her raw state among the lochs and glens, her beauty is constantly changing as the light shifts throughout her mountains and shorelines. 

If you are interested in the history or need to know more about the places mentioned, I have included many links within this post to seek out further information. 

Have a wonderful Week 

Blessings Sue 


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Connecting back with Nature

Travelling through the Trossachs in Scotland

Travelling through the Trossachs in Scotland

 How quickly a week has flown, and yet so much got packed into one week I am still only just coming down to earth after our much needed break away in Scotland.

This visit we chose to visit the Isles so we travelled out to explore the Isle’s of Mull, Iona and Bute.  Each Isle had its own special surprises and I hope to share a little in the next few posts about each one of them. Lots more photo’s will be posted soon.. 

In the mean time I will leave you with a video I found today, and it explains better than I why all of us should spend more time out in Nature.. Absorbing her beauty and respecting her.. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and enjoy the words of Gary Turk. 

Love and Blessings


The Damage We Do…

This post is scheduled and I resurrected an old poem as I watched today  Wednesday how the weather is lashing back.. My thoughts are with all of you and those of you who have been battered by the resent storms.

I see how devastating the storm of Hurricane Matthew has swept through.  My thoughts go to those in the Bahamas and Cuba and to the people of Haiti whose flimsy homes have been blown and washed away..

To my USA friends stay safe if  you are in the path of this storm..

A poem I wrote below reflects how badly we have treated our Earth Mother in the Past..  And I can not help but feel our Earth’s Mothers heart as she lashes her breath to wake us all up to her power..

What Have We Become?


What have we become that we cannot begin to see?

The Damage that we’ve done to our Ocean land and Trees,

We belch out pollution, pumping veins in Mother Earth

Spewing out our poisons that pollute around her girth


Her Ocean floors we’ve blackened, turning all to red,

And blood is on our hands as our sea-life is now dead

What have we become that we cannot begin to see?

The damage with we do which affects both you and me


The aerosols we spray like the Chemtrails across our sky

Leave a trail of poison and no one is asking Why?

Rainforests disappearing a hundred species every day

Some we’ll never see, for we wiped them clean away.


What have we become that we feel we need to kill—

Everything around us, Is this Free Will?

I often shed a tear as I feel our Mother’s pain

For I know it’s now the time as she screams with wind and rain.


It’s time that we were shaken to realize our mistakes

How we’ve pillaged, raped and stole and Take, take ,take

Never do we honour or give her back respect

We just take her life for granted, abuse her and neglect.


Can we not see as we cut down all her trees?

We cut the very air that each of us do breathe.

What have we become as we kill for greed and power?

Our Mother now chastises in this our final hour


Her anger is just beginning to make her presence felt

For mankind is just an insect, as we reap what we have dealt

Her sigh is now heaving on the Winds of discontent

As she reflects all of our Anger over the centuries we’ve sent.


What have we become that we cannot begin to see?

We are destroying our Planet along with it you and me.

© Sue Dreamwalker 2010 -2016 All rights reserved.

Shine Your Light


Sometimes I think we need a reminder of how good we have it compared with others around the World. Yesterday I re-read my annual thank you letter from the

 Red Cross and also Save the Children as they showed me just where our donations had gone last year and the projects and people they had both helped.

We often get so caught up in our snug little worlds as we sometimes seldom take a look outside of our own four walls at the plight others find themselves in.

The poem I am about to post I wrote in the middle of last night as I couldn’t sleep, maybe as the images of those less fortunate than myself were whirling around my head..

The poem was obviously inspired as the pen never left the page and I didn’t pause for a seconds thought as the words wrote themselves.. 

So I would like to share my light with you..

Shine Your Light.

From time to time along our way

We need to speak and have our say

In order that the lights do shine

Other people we need to remind.

Of all the folk whose lights are dim

Where struggle is hard and life is grim

They need to see beyond their walls

That many more in darkness toils.

The little beggar boy on street

In India who has no feet.

In Africa where wars still rage

And children starve with wide eyed gaze.

Where hope is lost and villages run

From evil men with drugs and guns

Yes time to time along the way

We need to speak and have our say.

Of Shanty towns and orphan waifs

The suffering is endless case by case.

I could go on and list some more

But maybe you would shut the door

As in your bubble you nicely live

You need to see you need to give.

If not your money then add your light

Open your hearts and see their plights

Look further than the end of your nose

And my words will count as poem I pose

If just one who reads my lines

Opens your heart to let it shine…

Upon all those who are less fortunate than you

Your light will brighten the Worlds dim view

So dare to step outside your walls

And lift the darkness from serpent coils

Compassionate thoughts will add their swell

So come on give generously

Open your hearts see what I see

For when enough of us really awake

A better land then awaits

Where all are one and all are free

All I ask is

Shine your Light

With me.


© Sue Dreamwalker 2010-2016 All rights reserved

The above post was posted in 2011.. I have resheduled  as I experiment  a reblog this way,  I am taking a short break away as Scotland is calling me yet again so I will see you all when I return if I do not catch up with you today.

Keep Shinning your Light for WE are Making a Difference..

Love and Light


In Gratitude for all I See

We often forget the wonderful gifts each of us have and so this post is to remind us of our wonderful gifts most of us here use every day and so take for granted,

The gift of our sight. 

Below is a beautiful view of the sun through the clouds. My good friend Svein from Norway who takes amazing photo’s gifted me this image a few weeks ago. His beautiful photo’s of Norway can be found at his Blog  See Norway  

Time has been short to be creative this week on my blog.The poem below I wrote it originally back in 2008.  So I thought I would team up the photo and my poem

I am eternally grateful for the gifts given and I thank you All for sharing them with me.


Dark Sunrise Photo image credit to https://seenorway.wordpress.com/

Photo image credit to https://seenorway.wordpress.com/


Dark Sunrise.


Here I am at the morning rise

Where all I hear is the bird call cries.

Alone I sit and wait for the day

As I listen for you to come my way.


I feel the grass beneath my feet

As yet another day I greet.

The beats of wings I know fly by

As tears escapes away from eyes.


I smell the fragrance of the flowers

As I while away the hours

The coolness of the clouds above

The breath of wind as soft as doves.


The ruffles of my gown so blow

As in my darkness I do go.

For all of you can see this land

But in my eyes all is bland.


The beauty that you see each day

Don’t take for granted this I say.

For some are born in darkened rooms

And all we see is black and gloom.


But I see all in my own way

Although for me it’s dark in day

I sense the world through feel and touch

And fragrance too it means so much


My Dog to guide, my eyes to me

Right now he’s gone to play you see.

His dedication will not cease.

My Inner vision, I am at peace


Sunrise for me maybe dark

But I know your soul, I feel your heart

So judge ye not those like me

My inward sight is my true key.


No different from you am I

Just because I see no sky

And yet I feel you turn away

For I was born ‘Blind’ this way


© Sue Dreamwalker 2008-2016

6 Year Anniversary Achievement

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