“Archibald Maclachlan the Peacemaker”

This week our day trip from Glasgow took us to Lachlan Castle on the edge of Loch Fyne, it’s one of our favourite trips. It’s a circular tour so can be done in any direction. We left home around 12 noon and headed up the side of Loch Lomond, before turning over to Arrochar at the head of Loch Long. We then stopped at the top of the ‘Rest and be Thankful Pass’ for a picnic lunch. After lunch we continued over the pass and along the glen until we came to the sign for Dunoon, and turned left. We followed the road through beautiful St Catherine’s before reaching Strachur, where we turned right. Just a few miles outside Strachur we turned right again onto a single track road signposted for ‘Lachlan Castle’. This road runs for 15 miles down the lochside to Otter Ferry. It’s the most picturesque little road imaginable, with lots of twists and turns, so you have to drive with care.

At Otter Ferry we had afternoon tea from our flask along with some home baking, and then headed a further twenty miles down the Cowal peninsula following the signs for Tighnabruaich. There the hillside was covered in Rhododendron bushes in full bloom, absolutely gorgeous. We stopped at Tighnabruaich for a seat by the sea, looking over to the Isle of Bute; the wind had dropped away and it was just lovely to sit in the peace and quiet. Later we headed for Dunoon, on the way catching views over the Kyles of Bute, before boarding the Dunoon to Gourock ferry (circa. £22.00 for car + 2 pasengers) . We then drove to Greenock where we joined the M8 motorway for the drive back to Glasgow, and were home for 7pm. You can see the pictures attached.

My middle name is McLachlan (Son of Lachlan), which I got from my mother’s side of the Family, so it’s always good to visit a part of the ancestral homeland! 🙂

I was fascinated to read on the information board at Otter Ferry the short story of Archibald Maclachlan who lived back in the 1760’s, and to see that he was known as the ‘Peacemaker’. I thought of Sunday’s sermon at Greenview Church when our Pastor Colin Adams was pointing out how counter cultural Christianity is, as it calls for reconciliation within families and communities and between peoples and nations, and ultimately which offers reconciliation between God and man. (Sermon link below) On the other hand todays thinking widely circulated on social media suggests a very different approach as the picture below shows.

A slide from Sunday’s sermon! – Jesus said – Blessed are the Peacemakers -Matthew 5:9

As later in bed I thought of our day, the words of Francis of Assisi, which we often sing, came to mind, and this son of Lachlan thought, how good it would be to be known like Archibald as a ‘peacemaker’.

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying that we are born to eternal life! – Francis of Assisi

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I'm am a married man, a father, grandfather and great grandfather who has been married to Muriel for 62 years. I have worked as an Engineer in the Sugar Business, and as a Manager in the Relief and Development sector. Firstly however, I'm a follower of Jesus Christ and this fact has shaped my life and work.

5 thoughts on ““Archibald Maclachlan the Peacemaker””

  1. Dear Peacemaker thank you for your inspiring blog. I don’t ever remember visiting Lachlan Castle, but know the road via the rest and Be Thankful well as it is the road the coach takes from Glasgow to Oban – and then on by ferry to Tiree. You are so right that we are called to be counter-culture – as the Lord himself. Thaks


    1. Yes we are blessed in Scotland when it comes to places to visit, for a day or a few days. It’s a lovely run to Oban and we did that recently, on our way to Fort William. Maybe we will get to Tiree later in the year, we have two photos from our last visit above ove our bed! Your blog is reminding me how beautiful it is, and I’d like to pursue my family tree research!

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  2. Thanks Matthew,

    We enjoyed your trip as it also reminded us of places we have recently been. I love the name at the top “Rest and Be thankful”! Is the castle the one just before one crosses the long bridge over to Skye?

    With our love,

    Nick and Lynne

    On Thu, 13 Jun 2019 at 17:12, Matthew McKinnon’s Blog wrote:

    > matthewmckinnonsblog posted: ” This week our day trip from Glasgow took us > to Lachlan Castle on the edge of Loch Fyne, it’s one of our favourite > trips. It’s a circular tour so can be done in any direction. We left home > around 12 noon and headed up the side of Loch Lomo” >

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  3. Thanks Nick and Lynn, No this castle is much nearer to Glasgow and is not so well known, which is just as well, as it would be a bit chaotic if there was a lot of traffic on this narrow winding road! Greetings from Scotland – Haste ye back!


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