The day was mostly overcast with occasional heavy rains. Many of us strolled the paths lining the Caledonian Canal before breakfast. Lovely light poured onto Ben Nevis, the highest point in Scotland at around 4,400 feet. As we finished breakfast, the ship sailed into Loch Linnhe on the Atlantic Ocean. The wind was fairly brisk, but the views quite enjoyable as we sailed for a few hours to the bustling town of
During lunch, we docked in Oban (pronounced "Oh-bin"). At this point, the rain and wind had picked up, but those of us keen to taste whisky braved the elements to dash down the road to the Oban Distillery. There, we got a fantastic overview of the whisky-making process and a tour of the facility. The highlight, of course, was tasting the whisky! Later in the afternoon, a few hardy souls met for a trek up through the town's neighborhoods and gardens to McCaig's Tower, a strange but fascinating structure. McCaig was a wealthy banker and built the tower as a monument to his family. It was never completed, but today provides a garden viewpoint over the town for locals and visitors alike.