We left Glasgow in the relatively densely populated Lowlands and began our journey into the rural Highlands beginning with the beautiful county of Argyll. Our GPS said there was construction on the main route we were going to take and it rerouted us. Most of the day’s journey took us on narrow winding roads through lush forests and by serene lochs. It turns out that since it was Sunday, road construction was unlikely, but we’re glad we took the long road anyway. For lunch we stopped at Loch Fyne Oysters for smoked salmon sandwiches and a lovely view of the loch.
In Sarah’s research she came upon Kilchurn Castle which is a 15th century ruin built on the northeastern shore of Loch Awe. It’s not featured in guide books. There are no signs to it. In fact, we missed the turnoff to it on the first pass. From the unmarked, informal parking area, we followed a narrow trail through woods and under a railroad bridge opening out into a marsh bisected by a long, straight path to the castle ruin. It was a cloudy, rainy day and it was eerily beautiful to see the castle emerge through the mist as we approached.
From there we drove to our next stay in Oban, a fishing village on the west coast, where we ate copious amounts and varieties of fresh local seafood.