Saturday, 19 June 2010

Travelling around Argyll with Doreen

Earlier this week we travelled to several places in Argyll, the county we live in.  First destination was Kilmartin....Scotland's richest prehistoric landscape.  Prior to arriving in the village we stopped at Crinan Canal as we spotted a sailboat going through the locks.  Doreen and Danny helped open and close the locks for the sailors. 
Photos of Doreen's trip

We stopped for lunch and more photos in the tiny village of Crinan.  In Kilmartin we spent the night at a B&B, visited the museum, wandered around the megalithic sites (stone circles, burial cairns, standing stones), and took a walk to Carasserie Castle. 

On to the Isle of Seil and the village of Ellenabeich.  We took a 2 hour boat trip on Seafari which was, at times, quite thrilling.  Danny and I had taken the trip twice before and Doreen just loved it.  We are going back for another trip in July. 

After spending the night on Seil, we headed to Oban and the Calmac ferry to the Isle of Mull.  After an hours trip we took a short ferry trip to the Isle of Iona, a tiny island Danny and I have visited many times.  The weather was spectacular but on our walk to one of the beaches a heavy fog rolled in.  It was still warm so we continued to walk.  While on the island we inquired about a youth retreat for Doreen as she'd expressed an interest.  Luckily we discovered there was a retreat (all ages) beginning Saturday.  So we booked her for the week and she arrived there today.  The retreat isn't strictly religious as it will include a boat trip, hiking, nature walks, workshops, etc. 

On the drive to Oban to catch the ferry we stopped at Arduaine Garden.

1 comment:

Jake said...

Dear Annie/Danny

My name is Jake Anderson and have just left Nunthorpe School. In Summer 2008, a group of dedicated staff and students launched Essanyu-The Nunthorpe Help Africa Appeal, of which I am the lead student. The link was created with the support of ODEF, a small charity in the Uk which helps support local projects aswell as the local NGO called BODCO. Essanyu means happiness in Luganda and the appeal, which is linking our school with Ndekye School in Bushenyi, Uganda aims to bring happiness to everyone involved.

The aims of the project, listed below, fall in line with the ‘Make a Positive Contribution’ strand of the Every Child Matters Agenda.

Essanyu exists to:

-Pursue links with Ndekye School with the intention of creating cultural, academic and social understanding between the two communities.

-Broaden our own experience, particularly by visiting Uganda, which may help us to appreciate our circumstances and give us a more balanced view of global issues.

-Assist the students and staff of schools to develop their school, to better provide for their education.

-Think and act with sensitivity for their needs, culture and beliefs.
We travel to Uganda on July 14th and at the moment are busily preparing activities for the school children out there with the aim of developing their English, Sport and IT curriculum along with the development of a community internet café which we have helped to fund. I also visited last year with members of staff from school to do a ‘reconnaissance’ style trip to sort out and plan exact details for the 2010 trip.

I understand you spent two years in Mbarara (very close to Bushenyi and Ndekye) with VSO and I am writing to ask you whether you have any activities in Runyankore or any ideas of activities particulary for primary and secondary school aged children which we could use/ultilise during our trip?

Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is

Yours Sincerely

Jake Anderson