Close Encounters of the Third Kind

I was driving home to Powdermills Bed and Breakfast, Furnace via Dalmally and Inveraray last week when I turned the corner and was faced with this view. It was stunning and reminded me of the movie ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. We are becoming blase at the beautiful scenery that we enjoy in Argyll.

And it was the same beauty that we encountered when we visited Southend at the very tip of the Mull of Argyll last week. It was essentially a trip to walk the dogs on the beach. But the real reason was that we had heard that there was a fantastic café which was worth the 45 minute drive. We stopped at Machrihanish beach and enjoyed a lovely walk with the dogs. All the time, I was actually longing to be playing the world famous golf links that run alongside the coastline. It’s a stunning course and never busy during the week. But it’s a challenge – bring lots of balls because there are many ‘blind shots’. I didn’t get my way – so it was off to the café.

Muneroy Tearoom lived up to expectations. We had soup and sandwiches, followed by cake. The home baking is just, sumptuous. Beside the Tearoom is another golf links Dunaverty Golf club. It’s easier to play and has glorious views of the beach and cragged coastline. Once again, I was thwarted in my attempt to get a round in – and had to console myself with another walk on the beach with the Boo and Mabel.

We will be visiting again and I can assure you that a game of golf will not be a ‘close encounter’ next time.