Goldring Travel's 2016 Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest - Part VI (Oban, Greenock and Belfast - Seabourn Moments!) - Travels Blogs

Goldring Travel's 2016 Culinary & Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest - Part VI (Oban, Greenock and Belfast - Seabourn Moments!)



The Oban Distillery stands over downtown Oban, ScotlandThe Seabourn Quest arrived in the quiet town of Oban, Scotland to rainy skies, so after a few active days it was good to slow things down a bit.  After strolling through the seafront I headed up the hill, winding through pretty, well kept, streets to McCraig?s Tower, a former battery, which overlooks the town and harbor.
Oban, Scotland
Oban, ScotlandAfterwards I wandered down to the local museum, which was packed with all sorts of military memorabilia?a little gem of a place for those who have interest in such things.
It was then just a few steps back to the Oban Distillery, which has two types of tours?and the ability to skip them and simply head to the Tasting Room.  After our tour of Highland Park, the tasting room is all that we really needed.  With Oban really offering only one whiskey commercially (its 14 year old), being able to taste two others: Little Bay and Distiller?s Edition, was a treat, as they are not available in the United States.  (Personally, I am not a fan of Oban?s style and felt the other options were nothing special?so I wouldn?t worry that you cannot purchase them in the U.S.)
A small, but enjoyable, Oban whiskey tasting 
It was then back to the ship for a bit of a lazy afternoon, but not before I undertook my usual hamburger test (skipping the hot dog this time).  I compared the standard Seabourn hamburger versus the Napa Hamburger designed by Thomas Keller.  The Seabourn burger is pure beef and is served with the usual compliments of lettuce, tomato and onion.  The Napa burger is a mixture of pork and beef along with a sharp cheddar cheese and a ?special sauce?.  Honestly, for me (more of a purist) the Napa burger was all a bit busy and I did not like the contrast between the cheese and the sauce.  I understand there is probably a 50/50 consensus as to which is better.   Seabourn's regular, all beef, hamburgerSeabourn's Thomas Keller inspired Napa Burger
(Note: I asked for the fixings on the top,
but they are normally placed under the bun)Unfortunately, the next day, Greenock, Scotland (where you could take the train to Glasgow) was almost as equally rainy.  
Greenock, Scotland - Hints of a more grand pastAfter a wander about this historically pretty if you look closely, but now struggling, town, with my Pokmon Go pointing out seemingly endless churches, it was again back to the ship; albeit a bit disappointed that the past two days were less than stellar?but every port cannot be a winner for everyone.  (If the weather had been nice I would have taken the train into Glasgow and watched the first day of the World Pipe Championships.  Yes, hundreds of bagpipes.   You see there just may be a silver lining to those clouds!)
Seabourn Whiskey Tasting in the ColonnadeIt was the only night I dined in the Colonnade as it was themed Scottish Night.  I had some local smoked salmon (f...
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