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Isle of Mull, Iona, Ardnamurchan Point, Loch Sunart, Oban, Scotland..
(5 day bike-pack)
Sun 13 Aug - Fri 18 Aug 2017

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Heading back to the Inner Hebrides with my bike but first I have to drive to Oban. I packed my touring bike in the car and set off around 08:10am. The drive was straightforward until the approach to Callander where there was stationary and very slow traffic for a couple of miles. By Callander it was clear and I reached Oban in warm sunshine.
Waiting for the ferry at Oban
As I expected the main car park was full so I had to wait for someone to emerge from the nearby sports centre and drive away. I left my car and cycled down through the town to the dock area doing my best to avoid the crowds of tourists wandering everywhere, including into the road. At the Calmac office I bought a £3.45 single ticket to Craignure on the Isle of Mull.
On the ferry
It was good to see there was no longer a charge for using the toilets.
The next sailing was 15:55 so I waited in the designated area for bikes where I was the only cyclist. The ferry left on time but on arrival at Craignure I had to wait till all the vehicles had left before I was allowed off the ferry.

Extortionate food on the ferry £9.25!

Yacht near Mull

I was last off the ferry
I called in at the public toilets by the Information Centre to put some water from the sink into my water containers then set off on the A849 in the direction of Fionnphort but only intending to do a couple of miles or so. Although fine weather now the forecast was for rain overnight and into tomorrow.
Bothy ruin and midges
I decided to press on and ride over the climb of Glen More while the weather was still good. It was a good ride except for the thoughtless motorists who continually ignored the passing places and came at me on the single track road sections, passing way too close. Just over half way up the climb is an old ruined bothy where I stopped to take a picture. I didnít stop long due to the midges. Over the summit I descended down the wide glen where the sea Loch Scridian came in to view. I stopped briefly at the isolated bus stop where the B8035 junction is. I continued a short way on the A849 to where I saw an inviting looking grassy area by a river and decided to camp.
Evening view from the tent