RUNNER-UP - Peter and Barbara Day
Well done and a fantastic entry from Peter and Barbara Day from Southport our runners-up who win a coach tour holiday for two to the Scottish Highlands. A great essay about the wonderful sights of Oban Bay from the window of room 26 at the Alexandra Hotel, Oban, very creative!!
Scenes from the window of Room 26
How glad we were, on arrival at the Alexander Hotel to see the amazing view of Oban's promenade and harbour from the window of our room. We were enthralled to see tiny motor boats dash to and fro to land passengers on a moored boat or over to Kerrera. We watched fishing boats go out, and come in to offload their catch, and elegant yachts sail in to spend the night. Soon we realised Caledonian McBrayne Ferries were passing regularly, so obtained a Timetable and checked the Fleet identification, so we proudly said “here is the Isle of Mull on schedule” or “that smaller one is MV Coruisk”. Ah “she's the Clansman!”
When darkness fell it was fascinating to see the twinkling lights of Oban, the Ferries in harbour ready to sail in the morning, and distant outlines of the islands.
According to the weather the artist changed the picture – sometimes every few hours! Kerrera might be shrouded in mist, and Mull no longer there. Then the mist would lift Kerrera grew in stature, clouds appeared encircling Ben More, and as patches of sunlight break through on the hills and water a dazzling picture emerges.
Only the delicious meals in the dining room below could tempt us away from such a view. We must not forget to mention the friendly seagull who peeped in our window each morning without fail, posing delightfully for a picture as he perched on the small roof outside.
One evening to our surprise, in sailed “Sky of Lewis” a big passenger liner, discharging its happy passengers, who were touring the Scottish islands, then noisily hooted as it gracefully turned around and departed next morning.
Other scenes were the many people who passed by – early morning workers hurrying along to perform their duties, youngsters ambling by enjoying their holiday, couples taking a stroll after dinner, and dogs encouraging their masters to walk that bit further!
Finally, the comforting, familiar sight of our driver and coach, ready for our super, informative trips each day – who could tire of such a varied scene, from 5 a.m to late at night there was something of interest. If only we could have rolled up the view and brought it back!!