Atlantic Crossing Honesty
There were two little kiosks selling postcards & prints of the local area. Just walk in have a browse around. No one was there but on the table sat a little dish (please see me other picture) with coins in (mostly £ coins) select your postcard & just leave your money. Yes honesty is the best policy = I loved the trust!
The most beautiful coast with very white sand, plenty of shells, rocky beach, very clear (ok maybe a tint of blue) water…sitting by the benches and looking out to the coast swept all your troubles away. We took pleasure in our walk along the coast towards the highlands… As we admired the brick-houses facing the coast, in our mind, we longed to live in one. Our getaway from the mortal world…
Furthest south of the sites located around Kilmartin Glen is the iron age fort of Dunadd. Although there is little to be seen of the actual fort except for some of the outer walls which kind of blend in with the rocky hillside, there are a footprint and bowl carved in the rock near the top that are believed to have been used in ancient ceremonies to crown the kings of Dalriada. There are also inscriptions in the ancient Irish language of Ogham.
Dunadd was the capital of the Pictish kingdom of Dalriada and the seat of power from around 500 AD. Its believed this is where the kings were crowned [including King Aidan by St Columba] until the PIcts were defeated and the capital was moved to Scone in Perthshire.
Stop a while & admire the scenery
While travelling from the Isle of Seil to Oban you will pass through some beautiful countryside. Lonley little white crofts with dramatic distant mountains. We went to see the Autumn colours but realised Autumn must come later on the west coast.
The kings of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada were inducted at this site, on the famous "Stone of Destiny " [or as it later became known, the Stone of Scone] which can now be seen in Edinburgh Castle since its return from England a few years ago.
What stands there now are the remains of a 13th century medieval fortress and it is now owned/maintained by Historic Scotland. The castle offers good views across the Lynn of Lorne towards the island of Lismore.