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Nightlife in these rural parts is very much a do it yourself affair. Apart from a few hotel bars which you would have to drive to, there are no pubs, cinemas or other entertainment outside of Oban. After a long day of travelling out and about we arrived back in Melfort in the early evening. Driving along the little road we just had to stop to watch as the sun bent low to cast its last rays of light over the darkening loch. After a very short time the scenery had gone - cloaked in a coat of velvet black creating a perfect excuse just to loaf around watch a little bit of TV, listen to some CD's and read a good book.
Dress Code: With hardly anyone around it really doesn't matter what you wear - I do like places where you can leave life's clutter behind and just please yourself
Updated Feb 27, 2008
Address: Loch Melfort
I had read a fair bit on attractions in and around Argyll before we went and did notice there were a lot of gardens scattered around the area. It wasn't much of a surprise to learn they are all closed during November through to April. What I didn't expect was to see the hotel bars and restaurants had winter closing times - this meant from approximately 14.30 after lunch until 19.00 you couldn't even get a cup of coffee. I suppose it all comes down to the winter season with few tourists around spending money these places could not afford the wages bill for idle staff.
Unique Suggestions: At least the scenery is always open and going with the weather always changing. You can always fill a thermos flask with some tea and/or coffee and take it with you to drink in the car.
Updated Feb 27, 2008
Luggage and bags: A back pack is usually all you will require on days out. I usually pack mine with any maps which I may need along with some water and snacks. On this trip I also packed a torch I had a feeling that when it was dark it was total and yes I was right.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The West Coast is known as the wettest part of Scotland - bring water proof trousers and a jacket with a hood, umbrellas are useless around here. Good walking shoes are ok but hiking boots are more appropriate.
Photo Equipment: You might have a long journey to find a town where you can buy extra film or camera chip so bring along some spares and your camera battery charger
Updated Feb 28, 2008
Favorite thing: Encountering the sheep not in a field this time or roaming free this one was captured close to home. He had his own kennel close by his house and was happy to trot forward to have a chat with me. I did think Green Coloured Phone Boxes belonged in Ireland - but here in Argyll in a very remote spot I did discover this rare sight red phone boxes are still a favoured around here - the modern ones look so out of place. Mind the gap sounds like London but this was our only entry - make sure you can squeeze through. It's a Forgone Conclustion you will encounter some boats here Argyll has more water than land. The fire station and its palm trees - although Argyll is warmed by the Altlantic Gulf Stream this far West the Palms are a pleasant surprise.
Fondest memory: I will be back to add to my memories here in Argyll which is fast enticing me to explore her hidden depth
Updated Feb 29, 2008