Thinking of Val Doonican’s passing recently, made me remember that I persuaded Debbie to have yet another “romantic” holiday in Scotland, following on from our brief sojourn in the Outer Hebrides..
So back in March 2011 we took a flight from Heathrow to Glasgow, rented a car and drove to a village called Ellenabeich, just south of Oban on the coast.
It’s not a village you’ve heard of perhaps, but if you’ve ever seen the film “Ring of Bright Water“, then when Bill Travers walks from his newly rented home with otter Midge, he views it from a mountain top just to its rear.
We rented an old slate quarrier’s terraced home called Insh cottage that I suspect is also seen (albeit briefly) in the film. It was a lovely place and although we never saw any otters, I did have lobster and chips most nights in the pub just down the street called the Oyster Bar and Restaurant.
The local people were so friendly and we loved taking the small outboard powered ferry a few minutes across to Easdale island. The only slight downside was that access to and from the Isle of Seil meant crossing the “Bridge Over The Atlantic”, possibly the tallest hump back bridge I’ve ever driven across and quite hair raising!
Hair raising for Debbie though was our two hour sea voyage on a Seafari RIB to see the wildlife on the Isle of Mull which included seals, sea eagles and deer as well as the Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool, made famous in one of our favourite films “I Know Where I’m Going!”
This RIB had a massive outboard engine and seated ten passengers in addition to the skipper and was incredibly fast. I loved every minute of it, Debs on the other hand loved get back and then reminiscing methinks!