Newton Mearns – Wednesday 10th July 2019

We left Oban and headed east and then south through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.  We stopped at the pretty town of Inveraray which is located on the banks of Loch Fyne before heading to Newton Mearns for lunch.  We didn’t have time to look in the town, but we visited Waterstones which is in a small shopping centre on just one floor before moving on to our next destination of Ayr.

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Newton Mearns map

McCaig’s Tower

Before we left Oban we had time to go up to McCaig’s Tower, which was erected by a wealthy banker, John Stuart McCaig, whose intention was to provide work for the town’s stonemasons during the winter.  Sadly he died of a heart attack before the tower could be finished, so only the outer wall stands.  The position up on the hill overlooking the town gives some great views.

Inveraray

Below – left: Cairndow, right (top and bottom): Loch Awe

 

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