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The Grand Caledonian Tour was a 15 day tour of Scotland visiting the all 4 points of the compass. 

 costal view in Kintyre

lighthouse Mull of Kntyre

Blue skies in Kintyre

Crinan Canal

Kilmartin Castle

Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Grand Caledonian Tour - 25 September to 9 October  
story Margaret Campbell

Day 4  - Tuesday 28 September ; Inveraray to Oban

Another dry morning saw most crews looking for fuel as the shortages had reached the north.  We queued for petrol at the local garage but were only allowed to put £15 worth into our tanks.

The route then headed south west along the north side of Loch Fyne to Lochgilphead then south, crossing the crinan canal at Ardrishaig and on to Tarbert where we turned east at Kennacraig and following the B8001 arrived on the east side of Kintyre. We were now running parallel to the west side of the Isle of Arran until we again turned west into Campbeltown.

Once again we headed south on the B842 across the Mull of Kintyre to Southend where we joined the tiny unclassified road to head to the lighthouse at the very south western tip of the Mull.  Luckily we did not meet a lot of traffic as the road did not have many passing places but did have some interesting undulations and blind corners.

When we arrived at the end of the road, we realised that the lighthouse was some distance down a very steep track and as we were a bit pushed for time we turned round and headed back.  Unfortunately on the way back to the main road our car decided to cut out and for a time it seemed like we were stuck but eventually it started and we were on our way again but with a lumpy sounding engine.  We decided to stick to the main roads and headed straight for Oban in case we had further problems.

The other crews headed back to Campbeltown on the unclassified road and then joined the A83 taking them up the west side of Kintyre, with spectacular views of the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha and back to Tarbert where they turned west and onto the B8024 round the coast of the Knapdale peninsula to Kilberry and back onto the A83 just south of Ardrishaig. 

Joining the A816 at Lochgilphead, and taking a small detour to drive alongside the Crinan Canal the route headed for Oban through the historic village of Kilmartin . The weather was kind all day and we even had  sunshine and blue skies for part of the journey.

Tomorrow we head north again, Appin, Morven and over to the island of Mull and our destination, Tobermory. 

Published 25 October 2021