Coniston Water – Ellenabeich

Ridge at Ellenabeich

Surprisingly early start followed by a beautiful foggy scenic drive through the Lake District. After that we hit the highway again, and soon we saw the Scottish welcome sign. By that time the morning mist cleared up, and we had some nice views along another scenic drive along Loch Lomond, Inveraray, and over to Oban.

Oban had lots to offer but mostly we were after its big Tesco to stock up on food for the trip. We were a bit hesitant then which fish & chips place to visit for regaining some energy, we narrowed the options down to two, which the information board in the town centre labelled as ‘the best’ and ‘preferred by locals’. This posed a bit of a conundrum – is there a reason why the locals wouldn’t prefer the best? Which one should we choose? We decided for the best one at the end, and it really was quite good indeed.

Bellies full, we went to the Isle of Seil at the end of B844 (over the pretty Atlantic bridge, which for a while I thought we couldn’t find, but it was just a little bit further yet), little village called Ellenabeich. Short walk got us up on a nice little ridge above the village with beautiful views over the sea and the coast. I suggested camping right there, but wasn’t taken seriously by the rest of the expedition team, which didn’t feel like carrying the tent and other stuff up on the ridge, and so it was agreed to camp by the sea.

Our camping spot was properly awesome though, right by the rocks, with marvellous views and soundtrack to go with it. Once we retired to the tent for the night, we saw some other people pitching a tent a few hundred meters away from us. Before they even finished, they were approached by the farmer on whose land we presumably were almost sleeping ourselves, and soon they were taking the tent back down. This didn’t look too good for us either, but surprisingly enough the farmer was heading back and didn’t come to talk to us. But because we are nice and honest happy campers, Iestyn got up and went to talk to the farmer himself – it turned out that he didn’t even notice our skilfully camouflaged tent! So we paid a fiver and got to stay for the night :)!

Our camping spot

The view

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