DAY TWO cont.
 

 

In the afternoon Pat takes me for a drive to see the local sights. We follow the Crinan canal to where it ends (starts?) on the west side at Crinan.

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View of the harbour and sea lock Crinan.

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Vintage wooden fishing boat in the lock.

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Steam Lighter VIC32, the last working survivor of the coal-fired steam Clyde Puffers.

 

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The view across Loch Crinan - just around the corner to the left is Loch Craignish*.

* From Russia With Love (1963) saw Bond (Sean Connery) and beautiful Russian agent Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi) being pursued by sinister SPECTRE agents in a speed boat in Turkey. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of cinema goers, due to filming difficulties, the final boat chase scene was actually shot on Loch Craignish, near Crinan, Argyll.
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Later Pat takes me to see the ruins of the Poltalloch house. Formerly the seat of the Malcolms of Poltalloch. It was built between 1849 to 1853.
The house was converted into flats in the 20th century and de-roofed in 1957 (to avoid taxes) with all the contents and fixtures being sold.

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And what it looked like before nature took over.

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The house had it's own chapel - still in use today.

One the way back we pop into the Kilmartin Hotel for one, a nice little place. Pat knows the manager and he offers us a lift home at closing time if we want to stay for a session, but we decline his generous offer, the beer was very good and it's only mid afternoon so it would've got messy! We mention that we've just been up to Poltalloch house he produces a black and white photo of it taken when it was in one piece, I take a photo of the photo (see above).

 

 

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