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.. 

Ferry

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

~Sue~  

 History Source Credits:

http://www.duartcastle.com/visit/duart-castle/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eilean_Musdile

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oban

http://www.dunollie.org/

http://www.dunollie.org/dunollie-castle-conservation/histor/

 

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  1. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 18:29:05

    Schöne Fotos. Wolfgang

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  2. Writing to Freedom
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 18:32:46

    Thanks Sue. I find castles and the rich history in Europe fascinating.

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  3. Erika Kind
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 19:12:52

    That is what I love so much about Scotland, the lakes and the castles surrounded by the beauty of nature. It is so special! It must have been amazing to stand on that deck. It looks so peaceful and quiet!

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  4. thespiritkeepers
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 19:14:25

    Love the castles they harkened to my soul and ferry rides can be so peaceful as well. Have a sage trip and enjoy yourseld. Yes sage trip as well as a safe trip

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  5. AmyRose🌹
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 20:03:01

    I had not realized how barren the land is in Scotland! Is all of Scotland like this or is it just in certain areas? The history you provided is spellbinding, and I thank you, Sue, for providing the links. I’m happy for you that you took a well deserved vacation!!!❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 22:00:11

      No I can assure you Amy not ALL of Scotland is like this. The big Cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh are thronged with people high-rise buildings old and new and are filled with their every day city problems too which most of our cities have.. Such as crime and drugs.
      The Highlands are the remote places and where I was staying in the village of Tyndrum its part of the National Park. The mountains and Highlands Lochs and Glens and the coastline are magical places.. Teaming with wildlife, and are just breath taking to see.. Each day the hills can look different as the Light alters.. And yes we were both ready for this weeks break away Amy.. Thank you my friend we enjoyed every second of it xxx❤

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  6. Hariod Brawn
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 20:04:07

    I remember visiting the little theatre on Mull, and seeing a wonderfully amusing performance of a Moliére play there. Your splendid images have me all nostalgic for the places I used to visit in the Western Highlands years ago. Lovely to see where you’ve been enjoying yourself of late, dear Sue. H❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:54:05

      How wonderful Hariod.. Time unfortunately meant we sped through Mull all too quickly, but what I did see I fell in love with. I am delighted that your memory banks were jolted into remembering these lovely times on Mull Hariod. I love it when we are transported back in time for a while to fill up our senses again.. Many thanks dear dear friend❤ xxx

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  7. sara
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 20:12:16

    Oh how wonderful! My father’s side of the family are Scottish, and I have such an attraction to all things Scottish. I spent a year reading the Outlander books a while back, but you get to actually go there! Jealous 😊

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:50:20

      Brilliant Sara.. Arrgh the Outlander..🙂 excellent.. Yes we are very fortunate.. My marital name also originates from there too.. We must really spend some time researching our ancestry .. But then there is nothing like living in the Present.. lol.. lovely to see you and I will be catching up with you very soon.. Big Hugs xx❤

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  8. The Coastal Crone
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 21:37:16

    You make a good travel writer, Sue! I enjoyed the journey very much and am always interested in history when I travel. Well done! The links were good too.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:44:45

      Why thank you Jo, Many thanks.. The guide on our bus tour did an excellent job of telling us all about the history as we passed by the various places.. I can not always retain it all.. So I too enjoy looking up the places I visited and absorbing deeper as I read, I then take it in more.. So pleased you enjoyed the links..🙂 it makes the effort of putting the post together all the more worth while when I get feedback from my readers the links are being read. Thank you xx

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  9. From the Desk of MarDrag
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 22:07:08

    So, so beautiful and interesting. Thanks for taking us along on the journey. I can’t wait to travel out your way! Hugs and Blessings!

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  10. Mark Lanesbury
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 22:16:24

    Incredible places with much history Sue. I loved the Duart Castle, pity about the rain damage, but that seems to go hand in hand with those very old buildings.
    Mind you, they have withstood the test of time in themselves.
    And you must have pleased the old God’s, as you said, you seem to have had a great deal of sunny weather 😀

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:40:14

      Yes I think we must have ordered the fine weather.. I did send up a pre-curser lol.. Asking for clement weather, so the Sunny days were a bonus.. I expected dull and cloudy along with rain this time of year.. The week after I looked on the forecast and it had nothing but rain with temperature dropping.. So we were very fortunate to pick that week..
      Yes Duart Castle I am sure will be renovated and be brought back to its former glory.. Tourism in Scotland is high and I have no doubts enough funds will be raised to restore it.. So pleased to be able to share it with you Mark.

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  11. Visionkeeper
    Oct 26, 2016 @ 23:29:52

    What a great journey you guys went on….Quite tranquil looking that day you went. What a grand spot to be. Glad you enjoyed the time off there. Happy weekending ahead🙂 Much love…VK❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:35:52

      Thank you kindly dear VK. Yes the day could not have been a better one.. I felt elated as we travelled over the to Mull and the Isle of Mull I loved.. Which my visit there could have been longer for I would have loved to explore more of the Island.. So pleased that you enjoyed and felt the energy of this place xx

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  12. Lynz Real Cooking
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 00:21:22

    So wonderful Sue! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Jo Bryant
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 00:53:41

    Scotland is so on my bucket list. Love William Wallace and all that history.

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  14. Paul Handover
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 01:16:42

    Dearest Sue, just loved this and the way it brought more memories back from distant times!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:31:13

      So pleased to hear that Paul… The Isle of Mull is a beautiful Island and oh so perfect for those who want to detach from everything.. Given another Life! lol.. I would choose to be a hermit in my cottage among the sheep and cattle growing my veggies, carding and spinning wool. Knitting and painting those beautiful views.. LOL..🙂 But I will make do with my visits from time to time.. As I get older I also enjoy my creature comforts too… haha..

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  15. TamrahJo
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 03:05:35

    …and yet a few more ‘things to see/visit/experience’ added to the list – if I ever make it over the deep blue! LOL

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  16. New Bloggy Cat
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 03:35:29

    Isle’m Mulling over these beautiful sceneries, Sue! Happy holidays! ♡ლ(-༗‿༗-)ლ♡

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  17. The Poetry Channel
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 06:05:36

    Great shots. Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Sue. I enjoyed the brief history and geography lesson.

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  18. giselzitrone
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 09:50:15

    Danke dir liebe Sue schöner Text ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag alles Liebe Gislinde

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  19. kowkla123
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 12:47:16

    sehr schöne Fotos, wünsche auch für heute alles Gute

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  20. europasicewolf
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 16:07:40

    Full of history as well as beauty! Not bad here either with all the autumn leaves flying! 🌻xx

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  21. silentlyheardonce
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 17:30:00

    A beautiful excursion. It’s cold and rainy here, Looking at your photos on the water gave me chills. But on a warm day I can see that trip being wonderfully interesting.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:17:17

      Hi Kim, it was cool in the wind on top open deck, but believe me I have seen days when in Oban you could not even see the ferry in port for mist and rain and the waters can be very choppy.. So this journey was a real treat. Thank you for travelling with me Kim xxx

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  22. Renee Espriu
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 21:15:10

    Am enjoying your holiday! I will never travel so take great pleasure in traveling with others.🙂

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  23. suzicate
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 00:14:45

    More beautiful photos, what peace they brought to my evening. There’s something soothing about the water to me. Thank you! I really needed this. XO

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  24. Kourtney Heintz
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 01:14:32

    What a gorgeous ferry ride! Thanks for taking me with you. All these pictures made me feel like I was right there.🙂

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  25. Christy B
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 01:56:11

    Such lovely photos! It must have seemed unreal to see those castles as you went along the ferry. Great❤

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  26. Val Boyko
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 02:17:52

    Ahhh yess Sue 💛 The ferry rides are the best! Thank you for more shares from your Scotland trip!
    I hope your week is going well. xo

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  27. marjablom
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 05:51:41

    I love boat and ferry trips and castles even more. They are always full of history aren’t they although I don’t know much about the Scottish history. That’s interesting too. In Holland we have many castles as well. Anyway a beautiful area you went too

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  28. belasbrightideas
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 05:56:39

    So fun you got to take this journey! We, too took a ferry on Ireland’s west coast. Saw dolphins as well! And lots of castles in that country which are in the process of being restored. Scaffolding was common. But also saw a few ‘already restored’ castles which was quite the treat!❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 28, 2016 @ 16:17:23

      LOL oh you lucky girl you..This was one of the reasons I went up on top of the ferry to see if I could see any Dolphins as they have been spotted there.. I did see a Sea Otter, but no Dolphins.. And I bet those Castles were a real treat too❤

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      • belasbrightideas
        Oct 28, 2016 @ 20:57:07

        Dolphins (despite the ferry was called something with that name in it! – duh) were the Last thing I expected to see in those chilly waters! First thought it a whale – then ‘it’ became ‘them’ – bigger than our spinner dolphins here in HI. And yes, castles were amazing! I actually stayed in one (feather bed, to boot!) back in 1974 – the last time I ventured to your side of the pond. But they are COLD places, too. Amazing to restore them, however – to honor history in that way. Shameful our own country is not so attentive in that regard.❤

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  29. voulaah
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 11:39:52

    Great post with beautiful photos
    tahnk you so much Sue for sharing interesting information
    kisses

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  30. derrickjknight
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 12:09:02

    A lovely tour. I look forward to the Isle of Mull because I’ve been there🙂

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  31. IreneDesign2011
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 13:27:33

    Really a beautiful trip, as you had Sue😀
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Love❤ Irene

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  32. stephensmustang1
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 17:42:14

    Stunning. I so love this–and love the photos and knowing about your trip. hugs

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  33. dgkaye
    Oct 28, 2016 @ 22:59:19

    Gorgeous photos Sue. Thanks for taking us on the little cruise with you. The views are breathtaking. And the view from the castles, spectacular!❤ xo

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  34. anitashree
    Oct 30, 2016 @ 14:43:17

    I do love the photos…I may need to visit Scotland..especially the lake areas…hehe.

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  35. Maria F.
    Oct 30, 2016 @ 18:48:44

    Fascinating Sue, it is a beautiful country.

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  36. aussieian2011
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 02:56:55

    Excellent tour Sue, history in every picture, and the links are much appreciated to read further into the fascinating history of Scotland, every Isle in Scotland has history it seems, Castles speak of great medieval times and uprisings.
    Loved your post Sue.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Nov 02, 2016 @ 13:36:57

      Yes some of the Castles are not as pristine as they once were Ian.. Though some are in beautiful condition.. I wish I could say that the ‘uprisings’ around the world had died down, but sadly history keeps on repeating itself there. Wishing you a wonderful week Ian.. Blessings Sue❤

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