We had decided that whatever the weather we would spend the day on shore leave…. and guess what? The winds didn’t arrive. The skies have slowly cleared and it was looking to be a really lovely day.
We were about the furthest mooring buoy from the pontoon, so there was still a ride across the bay in the dinghy…. which means wearing full foulies and a life jacket (you wouldn’t fancy your chances of remembering to breathe when you hit the sea water that’s only 11 degrees!). This is great for the five minutes on the water, and then is totally inappropriate for the remaining hours that you spend onshore!
The long dinghy ashore (we’re the one at the end, on the right, closest to the tree-lined shore)
Our plan for the day included – fish shop, locally made chocolates shop, coop and distillery – and either lunch or dinner ashore. Tobermory is on two levels – the famous shoreline view, and then another parallel level way up (via steep roads). We had seen the signs for the fish shop yesterday, which was up to the higher level of the town. So, up we climbed, but could we find it? No sign of it… so we wandered back into the main street in search of lunch.
No – fish shop not here!
We stumbled on a brilliant place, called Cafe Fish, which has been commended for all sorts of awards. It was lovely, although Pete doesn’t think he made the right choice with his Fish Stroganoff. I had a Goan Fish Curry. Very tasty! We were good to find the fish shop (again), meaning another climb into the heights of Tobermory. We did find it, but it was a bit disappointing – a bit oversold. Hey ho.
The Tobermory Distillery wasn’t! We didn’t really want to do a tour, but we chatted for ages to the lady in the shop and sampled a couple. A Tobermory (10 years) which was unpeated, and then a Ledraig (10 years), pronounced Laychick, heavily peated. I’m not usually one for peated whisky, but this was wonderful! A real smokey nose, which felt smooth, and not as harsh as I might have expected. We decided on this one. Perhaps we will get to Talisker, Skye, and try some more malts there before heading back to Islay on the way home to go to ‘malt central’!
Highlight was certainly a visit to the coop! Sad, I know, but it’s great to have a decent selection of fresh fruit and vegetables… it’s been hit and miss at times. I managed to find a bag of salad, which I really have been missing!
The verdict on Tobermory? Really lovely… many cutesy little shops to mooch in (not that we did, as the full foulies were uncomfy, not really putting me in the mood for a shop). We had bought bargain steaks, so supper on Whinchat was a rare old treat!