Our week long stay in Scotland was, for the most part, wet. We still managed to see some sights and drove the Scottish backroads near Kilmartin , Scotland, where we stayed. What made the visit special, though, was our host at Mheall Cottage, our ABnB. James genuinely cares about his guests. He gave excellent advice on places to visit and was interested in what you were interested in learning as well as teaching you about the immediate area. He took time to get to know you and he allowed you to get to know him.
The highlights of our stay in Scotland was an excursion to the Isle of Lunga in the Inner Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. It required an hour drive to the ferry launch in Oban, a 40 minute ferry ride to the Isle of Mull, an 1 hour 20 minute bus drive to the other end of the island and 50 minute ferry to the Isle of Lunga. Lunga is a bird sanctuary and nesting area for Puffins and other birds. Limited visitors are allowed at one time. Puffins don’t fear humans and actually come out in the open because human presence keeps their primary predators , sea eagles and gulls, away. I’m glad we don’t have to process film anymore.
We made it to the Oban Scotch distillery for a tour and drove many backroads in the rain. Managed to catch some bike acrobatics at the Killin balls and visited a couple of castles and small but interesting churches.
Scotland is a country we would definitely like to return to. The weather forced us to look a little deeper into the history and beauty of Scotland and see some things we other wise might not have seen.
Images from the backroads of Scotland near Kilmartin.
The visit to Isle of Lunga and Puffins.
Images of St. Conan’s Kirk – an architecturally interesting church with an equally interesting history. Check it out at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Conan’s_Kirk . Also a couple of images from the Carlisle horse races we stopped at. Bet on one race- our horses took first and second.