|Grand Caledonian Tour -
25 September to 9 October
story Margaret Campbell
Day 5 - Wednesday 29 September ; Oban to Tobermory
After heavy rain overnight the morning was
dry but with a definite drop in temperature. The crews assembled in the car park
at Corran Halls and some repairs to the electrics on the Healey 3000”s fuel
pump were carried out, a discussion then took place on the petrol that had been
bought in Inveraray and it was decided that maybe there had been some problem
with it, either dirt or water and it had caused problems with a couple of the
cars (maybe that is what was wrong with the Bristol).
We said goodbye to the
six crews who were leaving the tour at this point. As our car had been reluctant to start, we took the
decision to take it home and continue with something more reliable. As our drive home followed the first part of
the route, we followed the A85 north from Oban to Connel where we crossed the
bridge over the Falls of Lora and onto the A828 heading north following the
coast to Ballachulish and onto Corran where we left the route and headed
It took us an hour to get home and a quick change of vehicle then another hour to get
back to Corran where we picked up the route again.
After crossing the ferry to
Ardgour and as we were running behind time, we missed out the interesting B8043
that runs through Kingairloch following the coast then turning inland to join
the A884 to Lochaline and the ferry to Mull.
The crossing is approximately 15
mins and is well sheltered so even in bad weather it is rarely cancelled. Having reached the other side at Fishnish we
headed North to Salen and onto Tobermory once again having to miss the loop round the north of the
This loop on the B8073 is a
lovely drive and takes you to Calgary Bay and the interesting tight corners on
the cliffs and onto the hairpin bends at Dervaig before arriving in Tobermory
from the west side. As we were now.
Day 6, Thursday 30th was
a rest day in Tobermory. Unfortunately the weather was not very
kind to us but everyone managed to get out and look around. We
strolled around Tobermory itself and would have liked to visit the
distillery, but as a result of Covid the visiting was
& Louise went to visit Port na Ba beach at Croig on the north coast
of the island where there is a model village painted out of stones. An
early night was called for to catch the first ferry back to the
7 will be heading back to the mainland, through Ardnamurchan, Moidart
Morar and on to Skye and our destination, Portree.