Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Then it was a stop to St. Conan's Kirk. Kirk is Scottish for church. It was an old church, not very big, and it's still being used. The inside was quite interesting and on the outside you have quite a nice view of a lake. From the trip last year to the US, now I know that this thing shown in the picture below is called a cloister :)
Then it was a stop to Oban, which is a seaside town. It was much bigger and crowded than I expected so I actually didn't like it much. I have read that some people make a hike to McCaig's Tower and I thought I would do the same rather than explore the crowded shops and restaurants. First stop was of course lunch, I needed to eat if I was going to go up some tower. I chose to eat at a fish and chip place called Nories which I have read to be good. It was a simple place with a few tables. I was hungry but I know portion will big in this western world so I settled with a normal size haddock and indeed it was big. I finished it all, but couldn't finish the potatoes. By the way, I thought I would be eating a lot of fish and chip in this trip, but I ended up only eating 2. This one and one time in London. Though I wouldn't call Nories' fish and chip to be out of this world, it was definitely much nicer than what I had in London. So anyway, lunch done, I made my way up to the tower which I heard take 20 mins or so. Dear God, it wasn't easy. It reminded me of a walk up to Yoros Castle in Turkey. Luckily unlike Yoros Castle which was definitely so much more demanding to the body and mind, this walk up to McCaig's Tower was much shorter. It was still tough though. I was breathing heavily and felt embarrassed when a somewhat elderly man greeted me "afternoon" on his way back. The walk up high ended exactly at a time when I thought I may need to stop a while to catch my breath. I came out in this open area and for a split second I was quite confused because I couldn't see the tower anymore, but luckily I turned around and saw it's just behind me. The horror it would have been if I had kept on walking to the wrong direction :P The tower is high but not super high. Enclosed in its wall is a garden.
From the tower you get a really nice view of Oban and see what surrounds this town. It was really a rewarding view. Unfortunately I couldn't stay long because I didn't have much time.
The walk down the tower was of course much nicer and now I could stop to take some pictures, like these knitted poles below. I have read about these crafty people who would just knit objects in public just for fun, but this was my first time actually seeing it. It was pretty cool and I wonder if the people doing this had to do it guerrilla style.
After Oban, we made some other stops, like this stop to see Kilchurn Castle from afar. Kilchurn Castle is actually a ruin and though we did not go any closer, it was still nice to get out and walk around a bit.
Then it was a stop in Inveraray which is a small town located by Loch Fyne. The loch had quite a beautiful reflection on its surface. I was feeling lazy to explore the town and its shops so I just walked the path by the loch and sat at one of the bench. I remember thinking how okay I was feeling that day. It was a Monday and Monday is always a dread, so by comparison that Monday I was feeling great. I think of all the anxiety I had before that trip and thought that all those fear and doubts and perhaps people's perception of how sad that you are so alone, all those are really worth fighting your way out of because you get rewarded with moments like this. Moment where you find yourself so far from what your daily existence is and you get a nice view with a feeling of peace and calm.
With experiences like this, I guess it really is silly to consider succumbing to fear. I know I have to remind myself of all the wonderful things I had experienced when my anxiety strike and it's easier to be all positive when things are going well but really things like this are worth drilling into the head so that you can rise above your fear and not let it drown you. Anyway the last stop before we went back was the Rest and Be Thankful stop. It was quite magnificent to see this green expanse of mountains, hills, and valleys.
. So that's it for day 2 in Scotland. For some reason which I think can only be attributed to my stupidity, I didn't take many good pictures during this trip :( I need to try harder. I seem to keep telling myself that, but never actually do it. Anyways, for pictures from this day, please go here.
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