Day Seven and Eight – Oban

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We are now on day seven, the day after our wedding.

*** but before I go on I need to take a break to remind you that My Bloody Valentine 3D is starting this weekend, so you must go see it. Also, you can pre-order Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D. This movie that was released in the theaters in 3D but was never released in 3D on DVD or to the public, well, unless you are really into 3D movies and have a bootleg version. I am really excited about this because I love the 3D effect in this movie. The release date is February 3, 2009, so pre-order now!

Ok, now back to the Scotland trip.

We drove down to Oban (An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay), It has a total resident population of 8,120.

Oban

We woke up with a wonderful view and after having our traditional Scottish breakfast we made our way around town. We talked with the locals and found out that their New Years celebration was going to be in the parking lot of one of the grocery stores and they were converting the corals where you return the baskets/carts into bars to serve alcohol for the festival. There are several videos on Youtube that highlights Oban’s Hogmanay.

In Oban is where we had the best (vegan) fish and chips ever! IT WAS SO GOOD! I could go on and on about how great this was but I will just show you photos and move on. 😉

Nories Fish and Chips
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After spending the morning in Oban we decided to take a ferry out to the Isle of Mull (Scottish Gaelic Muile pronounced [ˈmulə]). Mull has been inhabited since around 6000 BC. Bronze Age inhabitants built menhirs, brochs and a stone circle. — A menhir is a large upright standing stone. A Broch is an Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure of a type found only in Scotland.

On our trip to Mull we past Duart Castle (Caisteal Dhubhairt, in Gaelic). The castle dates back to the 13th century and was the seat of the Clan MacLean. This was exciting because my mother is a MacLean and growing up I only saw this castle in a book she gave me about her family. (I would post photos of this castle but I am using them for a project I am putting together for her… so please don’t tell her.)

Anyway, we arrived it was so amazing the only thing we saw as we stepped off the boat was beautiful country side and about four small buildings and one was the Craignure Inn.

**Failte' (Fàilte pronounced [faːlʲtʲə] -Scottish Gaelic) means "Welcome"**

**Failte’ (Fàilte pronounced [faːlʲtʲə] -Scottish Gaelic) means “Welcome”**

Since we had the ‘Welcome’ sign we went inside with the hopes of getting a good local drink. When we walked in we got more than we could ever imagine. I had the best whisky and Mylie had the most amazing beer ever. As we sat drinking and relaxing we noticed the menu and a wide range of vegetarian options. Not only were we excited about the selection of food but we noticed they served Glamorgan Sausages.

If you have been a follower of Zombie Popcorn and Zombie Popcorn TV for a while you know about Glamorgan Sausages. Mylie did a cooking segment on how to make Glamorgan sausages. For those who missed it can catch up here, Cooking with Mylie. In short, these sausages were first recorded in the 19th century when it was the norm for towns to have their own local sausages. During the second-world war this meatless recipe was revived because of meat rationing. With our nerdy ways, we were excited about seeing them on the menu.

It was getting late in the day so we made our way back to Oban so we could begin our journey to Glasgow, where we were going to spend x-mas.

I will save Glasgow for the next post.

–still in love with Scotland.

Comments
  • Jim Dorey1

    January 13, 2009

    Oops make that 50 year old Macallan – some stranger bought me two doubles of it if you can imagine! $400 later…

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  • Jim Dorey2

    January 13, 2009

    AWESOME! Macallan is my favourite! The older the better of course. I had some 25 year old once – smoooooottttthhhhhhh.

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  • Jim Dorey3

    January 13, 2009

    Oban has a single malt scotch don’t they? Did you go on any scotch tours? 😛

    Reply

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