Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Thursday 9 May 2019 - A Train Ride to Oban

Breakfast at Tesco in Montrose, and a chat with JJ, who turns out to be on the campsite. We should have met up with him last night.

9.24 train on a cool, cloudy day (but thankfully yesterday's driving rain has gone away), to reach Glasgow at 11.15. Only two other TGO Challengers on the train - Graeme and Marion, with whom we had the good fortune to spend a very pleasant couple of hours.

An hour in Glasgow gave us plenty of time to encounter numerous Challengers, and Denis Pidgeon who was there to wave us off. He was looking well apart from a seriously painful knee.

We also managed a trip to Tiso's to get the mug that Sue had forgotten. We didn't attempt to buy a substitute for the Kindle reader left beside my bed in Timperley. Never mind, there's not much time for reading on these trips.

There followed a three hour scenic train ride to Oban in the company of Humphrey and numerous others, then a ten minute walk to Lagganbeg Guest House, where we had plenty of time to sort and re-pack whilst enjoying the view from our attic window (second picture; the first was taken from just outside the station).

A 6pm rendezvous with Markus and Alison J (on an evening visit from Ford) at the Markie Dans bar preceded a most enjoyable and tasty meal at the Waterfront Fishouse Restaurant, for which Humphrey (aka HMP3) also joined us.

Walked back to B&B in the last of the daylight - see bottom picture, and can you spot McCaig's folly in two of today's pictures?

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