The normal summer hols were again spent in Lochaline, (nearest ferry to Mull), in a house overlooking the sound of Mull and Ardornish castle if a tree wasn't there! Mike and Jan, the owners, weren't there which was a pity. With more people incumbent there is more intention to explore/ have day trips. My brother Derek and his wife Moira were there from the first Saturday to the Thursday, we arrived on the Monday, so had a few days overlap. Five people went to three, my wife and her cousin Helen, we kinda stayed local. We did take the car over to Mull and foot ferried it to Oban for a day. We had good weather and good shopping, Helen who commandeers the cooking is not good with fish, so a sit in fish supper was a good lunch from a George street cafe. Helen did us proud as ever and brought her dinner delights to a high with a lamb roast which was to died for. In fact I ate so much I nearly did 🙂 We also ate for the first time at the Whitehouse restaurant and although there were no prawns, the evening was very good with the "cook Helen" enjoying a night off. Although the sand for glass mine has now closed, Lochaline seems to be prospering with a new school being built (by Irish contractors of course!) and now sporting a internet cafe next to the dive centre. The pier takeaway cafe also does well, the hotel is full of workmen working locally and new houses are being built and occupied. The local Ardtornish estate is building a second hydro electric scheme and has plenty of chalets to let. The loch's moorings have also expanded with plenty of yachts visiting. Tourism is big business in Scotland and Lochaline gets its fair share. If you are looking for a recharge batteries getaway holiday try Lochaline.

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