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Oban & Argyll Weekend
Sat 17th Sep 2005 to Sun 18th Sep 2005
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 18
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When Sandy and I first agreed to organise this trip it was originally to be an overnight stay in Arran followed by a homeward journey around Kintyre, this sounded great on paper but reality soon kicked in, besides the two ferry costs, the main problem was finding accommodation in Arran, or mainly a hotel willing to take us for one night only. After much thought about an alternative location, we remembered that one of our members; Tony Schofield, owns a hotel outside Taynuilt, Tony offers discounts to members and his hotel had sufficient rooms to accommodate our group, so a plan was born.
On previous weekend trips I have always invited members that couldn?t manage the full weekend, to join us for the Saturday run, and until The Oban and Argyll trip no one has ever taken up that offer, so it was especially pleasing to have six cars join us on the Saturday for that very purpose.
Our seventeen cars set off from Luss on a reasonably dry but dull day, although by the time we reached our first stop at Inveraray the rain was falling heavy enough to warrant the hoods being up and staying up for most of the day thereafter.
One of our Argyll members; Emma joined us at Inveraray for her first run with the club.
We continued up the A83 Campbeltown road and turned off just after Lochgilphead, to our lunch venue at the Cairnbaan Hotel, although limited choice the food was good.
After lunch we continued on the Oban road and just after Kilmartin turned off onto the B840 south Loch Awe side road, this little single-track road followed the waters edge for most of the way and would have been far more interesting if we had been luckier with the weather. Back onto the Inveraray road, then along the A85 for the last leg to the ?Brander Lodge? hotel.
The evening meal was fantastic and although the hotel had another function on that evening, we were given excellent service, with Tony the hotel owner stopping by occasionally to tell us jokes. A good night was had by all, even although we had to compete with an 18th birthday party, our trio of singers Sandy, Charles and Gordon managed to do us proud, to the extent that some of the birthday party guests would really have preferred to join our group.

Sunday was a more relaxed affair, after breakfast, Emma and Rob joined us and we set off retracing the steps of last years Benderloch run, continuing up to Ballachulish, down to Glencoe village and round the old north road to Kinlochleven, this part was somewhat slower than expected as we ended up behind a fairground convoy of trucks and trailers. A quick stop in Kinlochleven village then on to the Onich hotel for a bar lunch, I can?t praise this hotel highly enough, every time we use it they exceed all expectations for dealing with a large group of people.
The last leg was down the A82, through the stunning as ever Glencoe, then following the A84 and A85 to Callander where we went our separate ways.
Another superb weekend with excellent company, good food, great roads and fantastic cars, what more can you ask for?well perhaps the weather.



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18th Sep 2005 15:22 :: June
Paul & I had a fab day on Saturday - shame about the weather though! Nice to see some people again! Sorry for the mix up at Lochgilphead when we got followed!

18th Sep 2005 15:26 :: Emma
Had a great day Saturday - it was good to meet a few of you! Even got the top down for a little on Sunday!  Hope the Trip back from Onich was good :o)

18th Sep 2005 15:26 :: Emma
Had a great day Saturday - it was good to meet a few of you! Even got the top down for a little on Sunday!  Hope the Trip back from Onich was good :o)

18th Sep 2005 15:27 :: Emma
why did that come up twice?!

18th Sep 2005 19:33 :: Stella & Nigel
What a hoot of a weekend.  The thongs were very good eh Richard, not to mention the singing by young Charles and the old Crooner himself!!  Even the little black number was entertaining - certainly kept the guys awake anyway!  Many thanks to you all for great company, great food - on diet from tomorrow.

18th Sep 2005 20:08 :: Phil
Thanks to Sandy & Doug for all the organisation, great roads and scenery.  We even managed to get a quiet bedroom !!!!!

19th Sep 2005 13:14 :: fee
Yeah, good drive, cheers Sandy and Douglas.  Ditto June's apology for Lochgilphead - oops!

19th Sep 2005 20:12 :: GORDON M.

19th Sep 2005 20:19 :: Gavin
Thanks Douglas and Sandy. Yet another successful weekend. The Chavs were pretty entertaining too.

20th Sep 2005 10:32 :: Chic
Good run and weekend - thanks to Sandy and Douglas. Just about managed to catch up on the lost sleep thanks to the other party.

20th Sep 2005 11:03 :: Eileen & Richard
Enjoyed Saturday very much, sorry to miss Saturday night and Sunday but will keep diary clear for next run. Hope you were all sober and well behaved on Saturday night (!)

20th Sep 2005 19:32 :: Dot and Chas
Thanks to Douglas and Sandy for the weekend and to Tony for his Aussie hospitality!We'll catch up on our sleep eventually!!

21st Sep 2005 07:56 :: Richard & Eileen
Who's this Eileen & Richard!!

Sorry we missed Sunday and a quiet night in, but we had a good run back (don't buy a, Alfa 3.0GTV lol)

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