A Walk at Loch Nell

Oban in Argyll, Scotland is an amazing place to explore, relax and take in the history of the area. One of our favorite places to stay is Clan Cottages on Loch Nell in Kilmore, about 4 or 5 miles outside of Oban. These cottages are only a few years old but they were built in a circle at the edge of the loch to resemble an ancient Celtic village of thatched roof cottages. The whole setting is beautiful and enchanting.

The morning mist at Clan Cottages.

Morning mist on Loch Nell.

Ducks on River Nell.

We've stayed in this cottage too. Loved it!

The cottages have wonderful landscaping.
I couldn't resist taking a pic of this spiderweb in the morning dew.

River Nell and the hill beyond.

One day we took a walk up the nearby hill or mountain, depending on how you view these sorts of things. Once we walked down the narrow one track road along the River Nell and some sheep, we crossed a bridge, walked through a farm or croft and headed up the hill.

 Tommy is a sweet, friendly ram who loves to be petted and hand fed grass. I think he's a wee bit spoiled. :)
A sheep on the cliff.

The view of Loch Nell and Clan Cottages was amazing from the hill. From here it looks like a wee Celtic village from hundreds of years ago.


It was late September, my birthday actually, and the heather was still blooming.

Black-faced sheep

The beautiful black-faced sheep didn't know what to think of us. Were we a threat or not? They hung back at a distance and watched warily. 

During a bad storm the water of the loch grew choppy.

Red deer beside the road leading to Loch Nell.
Loch Nell in the evening.

Wildflowers, including thistles, growing near the loch.

During another stay, during July at sunset, we took walks along the small road which follows the loch. Lots of wildflowers and sheep to photograph.

A wee Roe deer.
 Walking in the opposite direction, we saw a Roe deer and a beautiful old bridge. It is so peaceful out here in the Scottish countryside. There's hardly any traffic on the road. Yet it is convenient in that we're only a few miles from town and shops and restaurants. Oban has a ferry terminal where you can take ferries out to some of the western islands such as Mull, Iona, Barra, Staffa, etc. Within an easy drive (or ferry ride) from Oban you will find many historic and prehistoric sites such as Dunstaffnage Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray Castle, Duart Castle, Kilmartin Glen, Iona Abby, Dunnollie Castle and others. This is an ideal place to stay for a week (or longer.) :)

A wonderful place for a walk in the evening.
Rainbow above Clan Cottages.


Thanks so much for visiting the Kilmore area with me! Hope you enjoyed our little walk. :)

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Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Marie Hamilron said...

You have me yearning for Scotland, Vonda. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thanks so much Sophia and Dawn!!

Gerri Bowen said...

Beautiful photos, Vonda. Thank you for sharing!

Denise said...

Beautiful pictures and love the animals. So awesome. Makes me want to go!

Collette Cameron said...

These are wonderful. It's like a mini trip to Scotland. I shared and tweeted.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Gerri, Denise and Collette, thanks for checking it out! So glad you enjoyed it!

Linda Andrews said...

Beautiful pictures. I wish I could visit.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thanks, Linda! I wish you could too! It's a peaceful, beautiful place.

BBT said...

Very beautiful photos. A great tour of Loch Nell and the countryside.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous pictures. I'd love to visit some day.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thank you, Brenda! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Lyndi, thanks! Hope you get to!

Barbara Bettis said...

These pictures really choke me up. Beautiful. Great shots! Barb Bettis

Vonda Sinclair said...

Oh thanks so much, Barbara!! So glad you liked it!

Vanessa Holland said...

That truly is a beautiful place. I'll have to put it on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thank you, Vanessa! Yes, you will love it! :)

Suzy said...

Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing what most people only dream of...

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Beautiful, Vonda! I needed something like your photos today.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Aww thank you Suzy! Hope you get to visit Scotland soon!

Paisley, thank you! So glad you liked it! :) Hope you feel better. Hugs!

Unknown said...

I enjoyed your tour by pictures. just beautiful. Thanks for the time you put in this for us to enjoy.

Kathryn Lynn Davis said...

I've always wanted to stay in these cottages, but we somehow we always end up somewhere else. Next time (if there is one) we'll make it a point. Your photographs are beautiful, as always. I love your posts because of them and because they about Scotland, which is in my blood.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thank you so much for checking it out, Debbie! I'm happy you liked it!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Kathryn, you'll love Clan Cottages! It's an ideal place to stay. There is a prehistoric site there I want to see next time. I'm glad you liked the photos. Thanks! I know what you mean; Scotland is in my blood too. :)