Days two and three towards Fort William and Nevis range

We could have gone sailing!
We could have gone sailing!
The weather continued to be glorious and we found ourselves looking enviously at the boats moored in the marina. We tried to book a boat trip the next day but they were all booked.
Oban
Oban

A little walk around Inchree
A little walk around Inchree

Weather forecast Fort William area
Weather forecast Fort William area
Neptunes steps
Neptunes steps
After seeing the weather forecast we booked half a day kayaking. We were rather good at it, and had to keep waiting for the others in the group to catch up!
Ben Nevis from Neptunes steps
Ben Nevis from Neptunes steps

Loch Eil
Loch Eil
Nevis range
Nevis range
Returning from Loch Lochy with Nevis range in distance
Returning from Loch Lochy with Nevis range in distance
We enjoyed views of Ben Nevis from outside the hotel, Richard had never seen the peak on previous trips.We drove to the Nevis range and took a cable car up. They were preparing for an international mountain biking event and there were cyclists testing out the tracks. We walked along the ridge and got lovely views of the mountains and lochs.

8 days touring Scotland part 1 Loch Lomond and Loch Fyne

 Scotland walking driving touring
Our driving route around Scotland.

The only place I had previously visited in Scotland was Edinburgh. Our aim was to get a general overview of the Scottish Highlands on a winding circular route ending in Edinburgh, where we were meeting with family. Richard had memories of grey, damp and dismal holidays around these parts. Fortunately the holiday far exceeded our expectations, the weather was amazing and meant the landscapes were a kaleidoscope of colour.

Passing by Loch Lomond
Passing by Loch Lomond
Top of Loch Fyne
Top of Loch Fyne
Our arrival at the Loch Fyne Hotel at Inveraray was very welcome after a day spent driving. We had stopped for lunch south of Loch Lomond (the salty soup cafe) and later for a wander around the shores. We arrived at the hotel in time for a gentle swim in the pool.
With our evening meal I experienced my first taste of an oyster (only one, but it was on my bucket list). It came with lemon juice so it just tasted of lemon juice really. Although not unpleasant it was strange to think you are eating something that it is still alive.

Vital Spark a fictional Clyde puffer featured in a BBC Scotland TV series seen at Inveraray
Vital Spark a fictional Clyde puffer featured in a BBC Scotland TV series seen at Inveraray
After an agreeable nights stay we had a quick wander around the town of Inveraray before continuing our journey.