Grumpy Old Man

By Maurice1948

Ice creams and prisons

Today my friend Tim and I decided to go to the Isle of Mull. The forecast was bad, wet, wet, wet, but with a ferry journey of around an hour each way, and a bus trip of 45 minutes each way, we reckoned we'd be under cover for a large part of the day!

So we took the 'Isle of Mull' to Craignure on the outward journey and then a bus to Tobermory - my Blip today - which got us there by around noon. Not all ferry journeys are met by a bus so you have to be careful! I did get a bit fed up with the sound of the word 'Balamory' from many of the tourists, which for those not in the know was a childrens' TV series set in Tobermory from 2002 to 2005. Many people come to the town because of that and you hear stories of tourists knocking on doors and asking if the teacher is at home!

It was raining lightly but we had a good walk around the town and climbed the streets up to the 'An Tobar' centre where we walked rapidly through a strange photo exhibition consisting of, it seemed, of pictures of loads of people sitting on beaches! 

We circled the top reaches of the town, past an old house built around 1800 with a sign saying 'The Old Prison' - see extra - and back down to harbour level, had an ice cream in spite of the rain and took the bus back to Craignure. Here we boarded 'Loch Frisa', the ferry I call the 'Chugging Bathtub', and returned to Oban where the rain had stopped. It had apparently been very much wetter here! An interesting day, but it would have been so much better in the sunshine!

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