9 August – Rain in Scotland and Kilmartin Glen Standing Stones

This morning we woke to pouring rain. The plan had been to take a walk along the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, but it was raining so hard we could not see across the loch. Ralph had to drive back through the Trossachs to get to our next reservation and he knew the terrible conditions would make it take longer, we just packed up and left. We drove around the south end of the lock and ate lunch at the Duck Bay Hotel on the south west side. Although our table normally had a great view of the loch, today it was terrible!

We went on to Kilmartin, a little village in the middle of a valley known for its Neolithic and Bronze Age remains. The glen is noted for the cairns, stone circles, forts and castles which span 5,000 years of history. Most of the sites can only be seen by walking the 3.5 mile route which roughly parallels the highway (A816). (For the route, see https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/kilmartin-glen.shtml)

We were lucky that from our window in Dunchraigaig House we could see one of the larger stone circles:

Dino thought it was a great view, too:

Dunchraigaig House is a wonderful B&B with bird feeders on both sides of the breakfast room and a red squirrel and a pine martin that show up daily to be fed. In the evening across the road we spotted a red deer grazing in the pasture:

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