Once again we had blue skies and sunshine on Monday. This time our day out was not entirely leisure related, we were heading down to Cardross to pick up our bathroom supplies from the lovely Lomond Soap Company, but more of that later.
Enroute we had a coffee at our regular haunt Brambles, Inveraray. The loch was looking particularly beautiful and we had a quick walk around the shops too.
Refreshed we continued on to Cardross to pick up shower gel, hand wash and lotion from Corrie at Lomond Soap. I’d been searching for a supplier for a while and researched the company after using their products in a cafe. All products are palm oil and animal fat free, they don’t dry out your skin and smell yummy too, I chose Citrus and Rosemary for the Sheiling bathrooms. They will be available in refillable large dispensers to avoid the plastic waste from lots of little bottles.
As well as her range of soaps, gels and lotions Corrie has some lovely home and gift products in her shop. It’s on the main street in Cardross and well worth a stop if you’re in the area.
Before heading home we called in to the larger town of Helensburgh, home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House, as well as a good range of shops and cafes. We had a late lunch at Sugar Boat where I’d first been impressed by Lomond Soap. It’s a stylish , friendly cafe/bistro which is also dog friendly in the bar area.
Today it’s raining, but that doesn’t matter as I’ve got some work to do…….
Two weeks ago we had our trip down to Kintyre, today and last Monday we stayed a little closer to home and enjoyed what our beautiful neighbouring islands have to offer.
Seil has ferry links to two of the other Slate islands, last week we took the “big” ferry (it takes cars) over to Luing. We weren’t lucky enough to see the dolphins* we’d spotted on our last visit but the view is beautiful even without cetaceans.
We drove up to Cullipool for a walk along the shore and lunch at The Atlantic Islands Centre. Bramble loves it there, not only is she welcome at the centre but there are sooooooo many stones to chase on the beach.
Today we took the little ferry (passengers only) to Easdale our nearer neighbour. It’s a great place for dog walking as there aren’t any cars. We took the paths around the old quarries and climbed to its highest point (not that high, around 38 metres). After that it was back to the friendly Puffer Bar and Restaurant for coffee and a scone. Dogs aren’t allowed in the tearoom but are welcome in the bar, there’s also plenty of seating outside, which is where we enjoyed our drinks today.
So will we get another “Blue Monday” next week? Fingers crossed.
*when I didn’t have my camera
Even though we escaped the worst of the recent storms and wintry weather we haven’t really travelled very far from home recently. So it was nice to have a little day out yesterday.
We headed south down Loch Fyne to the beautiful Kintyre peninsula. We had a quick stop in Tarbert to stretch our (and Bramble’s) legs and then on along the coast towards Campbeltown.
We stopped short of Campbeltown at Glenbarr where Glenbarr Stores has a cafe serving delicious locally sourced food, garden centre and farmshop (as well as the Post Office)
We even got a look at their lovely B&B rooms, it’s nice to see what other B&Bs are like. It would be a great spot to explore what Kintyre has to offer.
We continued south to Campbeltown where you can find the newly restored Picture House , one of the oldest surviving cinemas in the country, next to Campbeltown museum which we’d visited on another trip. We decide not to indulge our inner Paul Mccartney by continuing down to the Mull of Kintyre but headed over to the east side taking the sometimes switchback B road to Saddell with its ancient stones and beautiful beach*
We all enjoyed a walk there, but Bramble most of all.
Kintyre is a fairly long day out from Sheiling BnB but well worth it; or maybe spend more of your time exploring beautiful Argyll and take a few days there too. A road trip to rival the North Coast 500?
*park in the village and walk down past Saddell Castle.
So far we’ve escaped the Eastie Beastie*, we’ve had a dusting of snow and the hills are spectacular, but it is certainly very cold and windy. And Storm Emma may yet give us a a pasting. The tidal pond was frozen earlier
and the birds have been glad of the seeds and fat balls in their feeders, and seem to add variety to their diet with titbits from the compost bin.
picking at the compost
they were a little shy at the feeder
It’s St David’s day today and we don’t quite have daffodils but they are trying their best.
And the primroses have made a brave show.
We had a great walk today over on the mainland, up past the standing stones to the trig point. It was a bit, shall we say brisk? to take photos at the top but here are some taken from the garden later.
Hope you’re safe and warm wherever you may be.
*a variation on “Beast from the East”, and something I was called when I explained I’d moved here from Edinburgh.