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Picture of Inveraray CastleDriving along Loch Fyne I soon arrived in Inveraray, where I went to Inveraray Castle to park my car. I had visited the castle previously, this time I had planned to walk up Dùn na Cuaiche. It took me about 30-45 minutes (and some sweat carrying a 6.6lbs tripod) to get to the top, but it was worth it. The view over Loch Fyne and Inveraray is fantastic, for a better impression you might want to try the 360° panorama of the view I prepared. It still doesn't give it full justice, but it's as good as it gets without actually going there. I spent quite some time up there, just enjoying the view and relaxing in the sun.
Picture of Dun na Cuaiche Picture of the view over Loch Fyne
Picture of Crarae Lodge and the burnFrom Inveraray I continued along Loch Fyne to Crarae. Crarae Garden has only recently been taken over by the National Trust for Scotland (Crarae Garden) and opened to the public in 2002. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time, so I only took a quick look around. There is still some work to do, but the garden already looks very impressive. The burn flowing through Crarae Glen is the main feature of the garden with several bridges over it and a few tumbling waterfalls. You'll also find rhododendrons among the various trees and shrubs, giving a lot of colour to the garden. All too soon it was time to drive on to catch the ferry to Islay.
Picture of Rhododendron Picture of the view towards Loch Fyne
The ferry crossing from Kennacraig to the Isle of Islay was very nice, with the warm evening sun giving some very night light to take pictures. Traveling along the east coast we could see the distilleries, Laphroaig in the picture on the right. After two hours we arrived in Port Ellen, from where I drove on to Port Charlotte to my hotel.
Picture of the ferry in West Loch Tarbert
Picture of Laphroaig distillery

Picture of Port Ellen
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