• カテゴリー別アーカイブ Western Highland
  • Oban(6)

    Beautiful View at The McCaig's Tower(20 Sep 2008)


    スコットランド滞在の最終日夕方に天候が回復するなんて、雨男のパワー全開の今回のツアー。B&Bに戻る前に近くにあるMcCaig's Towerに立ち寄る。
    McCaig's Towerは港や鉄道駅が見渡せるとても眺めのいい場所。前回も来たけど町の東側からの眺めはここが一番いい。
    さてと明日の今頃はロンドン。スコットランドの予定は最後の夜のディナーを残すのみとなった。

    The weather improved in the evening on the last day of the stay in Scotland. My power of the rain bringer was very strong during the tour. Before returning to B&B, I stopped by the McCaig's Tower near the B&B.
    McCaig's Tower is good viewpoint, look over around a port and a train station. I think the best viewpoint from the east side of the town. I came here when I stayed in Oban last time.
    By the way, I will be in London tomorrow evening. I had only the last plan in Scotland to eat a dinner tonight.

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  • Oban(5)

    Dunollie Castle(20 Sep 2008)


    オーバンの町の北側、港の入り口を一望できる絶好の位置にあるDunollie Castleは13世紀頃に当時の領主、Ewan MacDougallによって最初の城が築城されたがそれ以前からこの地は防御拠点の要塞が造られていた。
    MacDougall家は14世紀に入り、ロバート・ザ・ブルースと対立して城を失い、Campbell家の所有となったが14世紀終わりに返却された。現在はその頃に再建された城が残っている。
    1715年のジャコバイトの反乱でジャコバイト側についたMacDougall家はDunollie Castleを再び没収されたが1745年の反乱は領主は参加しなかった(何人かの家来はジャコバイトとしてカローデンの戦いに参加した)。
    1746年に城はMacDougall家に返却された。しかし城は荒廃し、また当時の生活スタイルにもにも合わなくなっていたので破棄され、領主一族は近くに邸宅を建てて移り住んだ。その邸宅は現在Dunollie Houseと呼ばれ、博物館となっている。

    Dunollie Castle lies on the north of Oban, the best position of overlooking the Oban Bay. The first castle was built around 13th century by the laird, Ewan MacDougall. However, there are some remains of fortress of defense base in 700s.
    The MacDougalls was opposed to Robert the Bruce in the early 1300s, and lost Dunollie Castle. The castle was given to the Campbells. However, Dunollie Castle was regained in the end of 14th century. Now, Dunollie Castle which is left was rebuilt around the time.
    The MacDougalls supported the Jacobite during the Jacobite rising of 1715, so the MacDougalls lost Dunollie Castle again. After that, they did not take part in the Jacobite rising of 1745, though some of the clansmen fought as Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden.
    Dunollie Castle was returned to the MacDougalls after the battle in 1746. However, the castle was in a ruinous condition, and also the castle was not fitted for their lifestyle at that time. So laird and his family abandoned Dunollie Castle and built a residence near the castle. The residence is called Dunollie House and becomes the museum.

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  • Claonaig(1)

    Ferry! Come Ba—–ck!(17 Sep 2008)

    Claonaig

    Campbeltownからバスで約1時間でKennacraigに到着。キンタイア半島の東側にあるClaonaigへ行くバスに乗り換える予定だった。しかしなかなかそのバスが来ない。
    10分程遅れてようやくやって来た。フェリーに間に合うかどうか不安になる。
    Claonaigへ行く道路は細い一本道。そして対向車がよく通るのですれ違う時に止まるから気ばかりあせる。
    ようやく、Claonaigに着いた時、フェリーは既に海上だった。バスと連絡するという考えは全くないようだ。というよりも時刻表ではKennacraigからClaonaigまでの所要時間は15分となってるけど、スムーズに走ったとしても15分では絶対に無理な道のりだった。
    アラン島への道は険しい。

    It took about 1hour from Campbeltowng by bus, I arrived at Kennacraig. I was going to change to the bus which went to Claonaig, east side of Kintyre peninsula. However, the bus didn’t come on time.
    Eventually, the bus was coming about 10 minutes late. I really got antsy if I would be able to get on the ferry to Isle of Arran.
    The road to Claonaig was very narrow and when the bus passed cars on the opposite lane each other, the bus stopped. So I was irritated.
    When the bus arrived at Claonaig at last, the ferry which I was supposed to get on had already left a port. I thought there was no waiting to connect between the bus and the ferry in Scotland. Furthermore, the necessary time from Kennacraig to Claonaig was 15 minutes on timetable, but I thought it was impossible even if a car on the opposite lane was nothing.
    The way to Isle of Alan was very hard.

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  • Oban(4)

    Oban Distillery and The McCaig's Tower(18 Sep 2008)


    Obanに再びやって来た。前回は1泊しか出来なかったからいろいろとやり残したことがある。美味しいシーフードをもっと食べたい、マル島にも行きたい、Dunollie Castleにも行きたい。
    でもObanと言えばやはりこの風景。Oban蒸留所とMcCaig’s Tower。今回は天気がちょっと良くないけど。

    I came to Oban again. I stayed just 1 day last time, so I want to do something I wasn’t able to do last time. I want to eat more good local seafood, go to Isle of Mull, go to Dunollie Castle.
    And after all, speaking of Oban, this scenery, Oban Distillery and McCaig’s Tower. Weather is not slightly good this time.

    Oban蒸留所のウィスキー

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  • Oban(3)

    Seafood in Scotland(5 May 2006)


    地元の料理を食べることは旅行の楽しみの一つ。一般的に英国には美味しい料理が無いと言われている。確かにLondonで食事をする時は悩む。でもScotlandの食事は美味しいと思う・・・まぁ想い入れというスパイスが追加されるけど。特に西部の港町で食べるシーフードは絶品。
    Obanでは有名なWaterfront Fishouse Restaurantを訪れた。
    メニューを見て端から順にオーダーしたかったけどスターター(オードブル)にシーフード盛り合わせを注文した。
    運ばれてきたお皿を見てびっくり。生牡蠣が2個と茹でたLangoustineと呼ばれる大きな手長エビ、そしてInveraweのスモークサーモン。Scotlandで牡蠣を食べるのは初めてだったけどめちゃくちゃ新鮮で美味。
    ボリュームもたっぷりで満足・・・あっ、まだオードブルを食べただけやった。日本やったら一人前の量じゃないな、メインディッシュの量やけど。

    One of the fun of trip is eating the local food. In general, it is said that there is no good food in the UK. Certainly, it is annoyed when I eat in London. However, I think Scottish food is pretty good, especially seafood is very nice to eat in the western port town.
    I went to the famous "Waterfront Fishouse Restaurant" when I stayed in Oban.
    I dithered over what I ate, finally I ordered the seafood platter for starter. When the dish was served after a while, I really suprised. Two raw oyster, two big langoustines and smoke sarmon from Inverawe. It was first time to eat raw oyster in Scotland, very fresh and delicious!
    Volume was plenty and I felt pretty full stomach, but I finished to eat starter. This volume would not be for a person in Japan, it looked like main dish.

    Oban蒸留所のウィスキー

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  • Fort William(3)

    Ben Nevis Distillery(8 May 2006)


    Ben Nevis蒸留所は1825年創業の古い蒸留所で、この地区で最初の合法的な蒸留所とAlfred Barnardの著書にも記述されている。しかしウィスキー産業の状況により、1983年に操業停止に追い込まれた。その後1989年にニッカウィスキーが買収して1990年に操業再開された。
    その頃には竹鶴氏は既に故人となっていたが、生きていたらこの状況をどう思ったのだろうか。

    Ben Nevis Distillery was build in 1985, according to The whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom, written by Alfred Barnard, the first legal distillery in this area.
    Unfortunately, Ben Nevis Distillery was forced to shut down in 1983 because of the situation of whisky industry. After that it was acquired in 1989 by Nikka Whisky, then has restarted to operate in 1990.
    By that time, Mr. Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka Whisky, has been aleady the deceased, but if he were alive, I wonder if he thought this situation.

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  • Glenfinnan(1)

    The Way to Hogwarts(8 May 2006)


    英国は世界で最初に鉄道が開通した国として知られている。そして現在英国で最も有名な鉄道はWest-Highland Railwayだろう。Fort William~Mallaig間の山間部をゆっくりと走る列車は日に3本程しか運行されないローカル線だけど6~10月の観光シーズンにThe Jacobite Steam Trainという蒸気機関車が運行される。これがHogwarts ExpressとしてHarry Potterの撮影に使用されている。
    最大の見せ場は何と言ってもGlenfinnan Bridge。2作目の”秘密の部屋”ではHarryとRonの乗った自動車が追いかけられるシーンが印象的。この橋を通る時、カメラを手にしない乗客はいなかった。

    UK is known as a first country which started to operate a railway. And now, I think the most famous rail way would be West-Highland railway in UK. It’s a local line, there are about 3 trains a day and runs slowly in the mountains between Fort William and Mallaig. However, The Jacobite Steam Train is run during summer tourist season, June to October. That train is used in the movie “Harry Potter” as the Hogwarts Express.
    The climax of this railway is Glenfinnan Bridge. The scene of second Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secret “, which the car Harry and Ron rode was chased by Hogwarts Express on the bridge, is really impressive.
    When a train went through the bridge, most passengers took a camera.

    続きを読む 投稿 ID 692