Day 15 Tarbert to Taynuilt

Stephen and I were posted to separate quarters last night so met up to purchase some provisions for the day at about 8am. Stephen had met a Swedish woman at his B+B who was very interested in our venture and wants to do the same with her husband. We provided details of the blogsite and I firmly recommended her to adopt Stephen’s routing. We think they might do it a little quicker than us – they have already cycled across the US. An initial quiet-ish A road route took us to Lochgilphead where we picked up a lovely canal path run towards Loch Awe. We there picked up the minor road which runs along the north side of the Loch. The weather continued to be fabulous – the air is getting noticeably cooler as we move north but the sun was strong on our backs as we attempted what is probably one of the hilliest 20 odd mile sections of road either of us had ever encountered (memories of Cornwall, but the undulations seemed even more severe). There were frequent stops along the way to admire the views – it really was Loch Awe-some this afternoon. We finally arrived at our Taynuilt B+B just before 6 – an interesting Grand Designs type Eco house run be a couple from Bristol (on the evidence of our trip, the English have somewhat colonised the scottish B+B scene). You will note that we have ended up in Taynuilt not Oban – as a result of Stephen’s cunning plan to get a ‘wee man’ to take us across Loch Etive in the morning, thus avoiding us taking the road towards Oban. A phonecall revealed that the wee man’s boat is still somewhat poorly (a week ago he said it would be fixed ‘tomorrow’). So the cunning plan may come to nought but he suggested we turn up in the morning and he’ll see if he can get us across – we’ll see what transpires in the morning.

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