As we were driving from Inverness to Oban and the Isle of Luing - while consistently shouting WOW at every bend in the road - I was trying to think of the best words to describe this stunning land. Beautiful! Certainly. Lush! Absolutely. Awe-inspiring! Yes, at each turn in the road. Scotland is without question a very special place.
Oh, and one other word I'd use to describe Scotland, WET! It rains a lot. I guess that explains why it's so green and lush everywhere. Everyday there's some rain .. drizzle blows across everything even if the sun is shining! But no amount of rain can dampen my love of this magnificent and ancient land.
Our first week here has been filled with enjoying family and excursions in our rental car. First, let me say something about our car. When we were all in Ireland at Angela's birthday Sheena, George's sister who lives in Inverness, said she'd arrange for our car and pick us up at the airport when we got to Inverness. She asked us what type of car we wanted. I said, "just make it an automatic please!". We had a manual in Ireland and I didn't like driving it much around the narrow stop and start roads. George said, without hesitation, "I want a Jag". It was a joke soon forgotten. But, when Sheena picked us up at the airport on Sunday there it was, a bright red Jaguar car! So we have the joy of touring around Scotland in our own Jag! Smart.
|The Jag. All George needs now are the tweeds, plus-four, and jodhpurs and he will be the spitting image of the country gentleman.|
Our travels in pictures.........
|In Cromarty Bay we saw lots of oil platforms that were either waiting to be taken out into the North Sea or were there to be repaired or dismantled. Lovely little bay but the oil platforms were huge and really took away from the beauty of the place.|
|We walked around Inverness and toured the locks of the Caledonian Canal .. from Inverness you can travel all the way to Loch Ness and through other Lochs to the ocean.|
|Just one spectacular view on the way to Oban and then the Isle of Luing to visit Robert's parents. Every turn in the road offers something like this ... WOW just WOW!|
And then we left for the Isle of Skye and more scenic splendour!! Plus more family and friends. More tomorrow ... I hope (we're so busy it's hard to find the time to blog!!! We're having the best time ... wish you all could be here! (Now I'm going to post this without proofreading so please excuse the mistakes)