Trip to Campbeltown

Why did D and I go all the way to Campbeltown this weekend?

Because it was totally beautiful, we had a great place to stay and wanted to meet a very important man.  Neither of us have been to Campbeltown or anywhere down the Kintyre Peninsula, probably because there really isn’t much there and it doesn’t lead anywhere.  However, it was a beautiful drive around Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Inveraray, Loch Fyne, Machrihanish… with the sun slowly going down as we got closer.

The great place we stayed was Oatfield House which may be the best B&B I’ve ever stayed in.  The rooms were spacious, well decorated and outfitted.  The owners very friendly and looked after us well.  We were spoiled by having the place to ourselves so also had a large comfortable living room with an open fire for the evening.

Sunday was bright, sunny and clear (it is November so fairly cold) and before heading back we went for a bit of little explore, and found St Columba’s Footprints, and nearby St Columba’s Well, and had a great view of the ‘wrong’ side of Ailsa Craig (wrong because I’ve seen it many times from the other side so wasn’t sure this side existed!)

The road back was just fantastic scenery – far too good to come out in photos.  The loch’s were flat calm, mirror surfaces reflecting everything, with big skies, low winter sun, autumn colours everywhere it really was breathtaking!

Today was also Remembrance Sunday, so it was nice to take a moment at this war memorial in Inverary on the way back.

Back in Campbeltown itself, there wasn’t much happening – I was a little excited about the possibility of visiting the Picture House (community owned and run and is the oldest continuously run, purpose-built cinema in Scotland still showing films) – but the film that was on was rubbish so I had to give that a miss.  We asked a few people to recommend somewhere to eat and they couldn’t, and both pointed us out to the excellent ‘Old Club House‘ in Machrihanish which is totally worth the 10min drive out of town!!

Anyway, we didn’t go all that way for no reason, we went to meet with Grant Logan, the jewelery designer I found online and bought D’s engagement ring from.  So we arranged to visit to try some wedding rings for both of us.  It was great to meet him and hear some of the ideas behind the designs, and how he makes this stuff, not to mention try on some rings and decide on what we wanted to spend the rest of our lives wearing!  Here then, are a couple of photos of us trying on the rings…

… no, we aren’t going to show you the designs till they are on our fingers, also, I can’t find the pair that we chose on his web site so no guessing :-0

D – outside Oatfield House

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