After a hearty breakfast of New York style bagel sandwiches we headed further north. Seriously, there was an America themed breakfast place just down the street from our hotel. The snow started when we reached the heights of Rest and Be Thankful Pass and fortunately let off when our elevation dropped.
We stopped in the cute seaside town of Inverary for a break. Despite the bleak weather (especially for mid to late spring!), the town seemed like a popular destination. It has beautiful, moody views of the sea, and I imagine when the weather is good it’s quite charming. We visited the outside of Inverary Castle (of Downton Abbey fame) and wandered a few souvenir shops along the main drag before finding a great seafood lunch at Samphire Seafood and an escape from the rain. Then it was onward to Oban.
After checking in to the Barriemore Hotel we headed off to our tour at the Oban distillery. The tour was really informative and gives an idea of how much work goes into making whisky and how the town grew up around the distillery. It’s interesting to hear how different Scotch gets its flavour when the rules are so strict on the process of making it. And the process hasn’t changed much over the years! We drank our wee drams and played some darts at a local pub before heading to dinner.
EE-USK was our dinner pick and it was a solid choice. Seafood again! A little pricey, but the seafood is so local and fresh and the views of the water were great. We live near the coast now, but for some reason the only local seafood you can find around is potted shrimp, and I haven’t been brave enough to try them yet.
This is the second post in a series about our road trip around Scotland! You can check out the first part of our road trip here!