McLizard’s days out (part three)

Posted on February 15, 2012


Exploring and admiring the views is one thing, something you’d never get bored of, but on our travels we’ve also found a whole host of other things to see and do.

Inveraray Jail, an interesting tale, a bit spooky for me but with enough gory stories to interest a 10 year old; the ‘fairy tale’ Inverarary castle, seat of the Duke of Argyll; and the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, fresh local fish right on the banks of the Loch.  The best friend is looking for a table for her farmhouse B&B, her husband met a ‘man in the pub’ with a workshop on the castle estate, so we got a behind the scenes look at the castle, even though it is closed for the season.  We must come back and go inside in the summer, rather than just poking our noses through the railings!

There’s Ardkinglas Gardens, with the tallest tree in Scotland; Fyne Ales Scotland, a small brewery, home of Maverick and Highlander Ales; and of course, the coos. 

We’re also in the boundaries of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, breath-taking scenery and understandably one or two planning regulations the best friend has come across! As she says, it’s worth a few rules to keep the place looking as marvellous as it does.

Following the brown signs (which I’m quite impressed with, a bug bear in England, but seemingly quite sorted here – sadly, my brown sign anorak tendencies mean that I’ll look into it a bit more when I get home) we’ve discovered the resting place of the Chieftains of the Lachlan Clan at Kilmorie Chapel, Old Lachlan Castle, Tighnabruaich and the fab new marina at Portavadie.

Plus, our necks are very warm now, with our Cameron tartan scarves, but not a sight of the McLizard tartan anywhere …





I really don’t feel like we’ve even scratched the surface in these 4 days, we’ll certainly be back – I anticipate another gathering of the McLizard clan very soon.