Hill House and Oban

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a famous architect designed a house and gardens in 1902. The Hill House sits high above the Clyde in Helensburgh, commanding impressive views over the river. Walter Blackie, director of the well known Glasgow publishers, commissioned not only the house and garden, but much of the furniture and all the interior fittings and decorative schemes. https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/the-hill-house-p255641








We arrived at Oban, a pleasant tourist town after passing through some magnificent landscape. 

Scotland’s climate varies greatly between regions, with some regions – for example, the western Highlands – home to wet and windy weather due to the winds which come in from the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast, the eastern side of the country, including Aberdeenshire, Fife and the Lothians, sees the same or less rainfall annually than many major cities around the world.

The country’s high latitude means that winter days are short and summer days are long. Summer months in Scotland bring days with extended twilight, and in the far north of Scotland, days with no complete darkness. The northernmost parts of the country enjoy up to four hours more daylight than London during summer. During the winter, Scotland often has more snowfall than more southern regions of the UK. On average, snow falls in Scotland on 15 to 20 days per year, though in the mountains in the Highlands this number rises to 100. Scotland’s coldest months are January and February, when maximum daytime temperatures average between 5° and 7°C. 
 http://www.aboutscotland.in/living-in-scotland/geography-and-climate









Oban, is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland. Oban occupies a setting in the Firth of Lorn. The bay is a near perfect horseshoe, protected by the island of Kerrera; and beyond Kerrera, the Isle of Mull. 
To the north, is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour.










The site where Oban now stands has been used by humans since at least mesolithic times. Prior to the 19th century, the town itself supported very few households, sustaining only minor fishing, trading, shipbuilding and quarrying industries, and a few hardy tourists. The modern town of Oban grew up around the distillery, which was founded there in 1794. During World War II, Oban was used by Merchant and Royal Navy ships and was an important base in the Battle of the Atlantic.. Since the 1950s, the principal industry has remained tourism, though the town is also an important ferry port, acting as the hub for ferries to many of the Hebrides. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oban