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Tobermory

Coming into Tobermory

Up earlier, as we were going into Tobermory but, as it was an anchor port, we moored some way out. It was dull at first bu brightened up later, much to the delight of the native guide on the coach, as it had been awful recently. We had to go ashore by lifeboat, acting as a tender. I took the ‘usual’ photo & later, after the tour below, we went round the village, having lunch in the imposing church on the front, which has been satisfactorily repurposed as a café. We walked to the very end & Avis walked back to the tender, while I walked up to the suburb overlooking the bay for the views, finding the old prison on the way down. Then, back to the ship.

Tobermory front from the tender station (tourist office)

Tobermory North

Broch model in the museum

"Black Watch" from the suburb above

The Old Prison & garden

Out to the Sound of Mull

Meanwhile, we had taken the coach to the 13thC Duart Castle, some distance to the South of Tobermory, guided by a local with a very posh accent, as she had been educated in 'Ennbra' & who was thick with the MacLeans, who own the Castle. We were briefed on the history, then we were left to wander all over it, except in their private quarters. It is on four stories, with splendid but hard-to-photo views from the battlements. It was rather poky inside, though.

Sound of Mull from Duart Castle

Duart Castle under repair

Courtyyard on entry

Courtyyard from inside

As it was before restoration

Solar

Ballroom

Ballroom

Across to Castle Torosay

Castle Torosay

There was a sailaway party, as it was so nice, after which we had a fast dinner in the Brigadoon, as we were due to sail past Fingal’s Cave at about 19:30, which we did. Strangely, we went past Ardnamurchan Point during dinner & turned South to go round Staffa to get to the cave, which is on the South-East point of Staffa.

Staffa from the East

Staffa from the South. Fingal's Cave is at the right-hand end.

Simon played "The Hebrides Overture" over the tannoy but it sounded terrible.

Fingal's Cave


Port 1 - Falmouth

Port 2 - Tobermory

Port 3 - Stornoway

Port 4 - Torshavn

Port 5 - Akureyri

Port 6 - Isafjordur

Port 7 - Reykjavik

Port 8 - Dublin


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