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A Return to Scotland

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If you've read the earlier post about our return from Largs to Deganwy you may recall that I had to take my car to Largs to bring "Phyllis" back home.

Some three weeks passed as we had family commitments, our 50th Wedding Anniversary followed by my birthday to celebrate. We did so, but regrettably with only the family members who were in our 'bubble', due to the continued Covid-19 restrictions.

We set-off taking the train to Largs, which was strangely quiet, virtually an empty carriage all to ourselves.  Then a short taxi ride to the marina.  An overnight in Largs before we ventured onto the ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Then across, again on a short ferry trip, to Colintraive before driving to Portavadie, a village on the shores of Loch Fyne on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula, Argyll and Bute. to again catch another ferry to East Loch Tarbet.

Alas, the high winds resulted in the ferry, just a 5-mile crossing, being cancelled which resulted in an 85-mile road diversion to get to Tarbet. One night in East Loch Tarbet was suitably enjoyed in the Anchor Hotel.  The following morning and we drove south to a ferry for the short 3-mile crossing, as foot passengers, to visit the Isle of Gigha.

Returning to Tarbet to catch the ferry, operating by this time, and to drive to Tighnabruaich on the Kyles of Bute.  We spent a couple of nights here and managed to enjoy a walk to the isolated Ostel Beach and Nature Reserve.  The views over to the Isle of Arran and Kintyre were fabulous.  Meeting a fellow walker he showed us a photograph, taken on his phone, just moments before of an Adder on the footpath!

Dinners in 'The Royal' and the 'Kames Hotel' proved excellent before we departed for our journey back home.

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