We were drawn to the British Isles once again, this time to Scotland. We made our own itinerary, rented a car, and covered as many places as we could in eleven days, allowing time to really enjoy the places where we landed. Glasgow was our first and last stop. We loved walking around the city and appreciated the fact that a Chinese medicine doctor for Bill’s sore knee was right across the street from our hotel.
When we took off from Glasgow, we drove up to Stirling, home of Stirling Castle and the William Wallace Monument. A flat tire from the close brush with a stone curb revealed the kindness of several Scots. Then we drove northeast to Inverness, visited Cador Castle (a highlight of the trip for Bill), and walked on the beach facing out to the North Sea. We stayed in a really comfortable B&B called Highland Bear Lodge, southwest of Inverness. Not far from Loch Ness, it was in this area that we realized it was still light out at 11 P. M.
From the Loch Ness area we traveled across the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye. Skye was one of the places I most wanted to see and it turned out that our visibility was limited to rain and fog most of the time we were there. At first I was disappointed by this, feeling like something was being concealed. Then I remembered that revelation often accompanies concealment and after that the weather didn’t matter. One of the highlights for me was our muddy hike to Coral Beach. The beach was covered with white shells full of tiny tunnels that used to be coral habitats. There were also dead jellyfish everywhere on the beach. One of my favorite things about Skye was all the cute sheep grazing in the damp green grass.
From Skye we headed southwest back toward Glasgow. We visited Dunstaffnage Castle, saw the Glenfinnian Viaduct where the Harry Potter train scenes were filmed, a drove along Loch Lomond (so beautiful). After one more night in Glasgow at the Citizen M Hotel, we headed back home to Phoenix.
As with our trip to Ireland, I kept an art journal to document our travels and the escapades of the three don’t worry dolls who accompanied us.