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

Oban harbour
 Farewell to Tom Rae in his Lotus 7Ferry to MullJust made it in time!
Our stay in Tobermory

Tobermory distillery

Enjoying dinner on Mull

Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
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 north.  

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 Island. 

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 restricted.  

Ranald & 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 mainland.

Day 7 will be heading back to the mainland, through Ardnamurchan, Moidart Morar and on to Skye and our destination, Portree. 

Published 25 October 2021