Scotland

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

* Because I don’t have the words. If you want to know a bit more about the Jacobite Rebellions, Andrew Ross MacDonald’s website is a good place to start. Andrew, of Hame Tours, is a local historian, folklorist and traditional Scots singer and his guidance […]

Outlander

Outlander

* Scotland wasted no time being Scotland. Mere minutes after we pulled out of Edinburgh on our way to Inverness, the skies — already overcast to begin with — started dropping big beads of rain on the roof and windows of our train. No matter. […]

Inside the Caledonian Sleeper

Inside the Caledonian Sleeper

* * Sleeper trains can save you time and money, but of the ones I’ve had the opportunity to try, the most that can be said about their comfort level is that they’re tolerable. I’ve been on one of the top bunks of a 6-couchette […]

Outlaws and dreamers

Outlaws and dreamers

* On the way from the Clava Cairns to Cawdor Castle, Andrew MacDonald (of Hame Tours) played us a few songs from Scottish musician Dick Gaughan. As I looked out the window, the landscape seemed to provide the perfect backdrop for the music and I could’t resist shooting […]

Exchanging pesos to pounds

Exchanging pesos to pounds

* For months, I’ve been telling everyone that they can get the best exchange rate from their home country’s currency to the local currency by simply bringing their ATM card and withdrawing money wherever they are. In Bali, for example, the rate I got through the […]

Finding yourself (and sucking it up) on the road

Finding yourself (and sucking it up) on the road

* Travel doesn’t just show you the world; the best kind of travel also shows you yourself. By that standard alone, I may have just had the trip of my life. On my recent sojourn to England and Scotland, I learned many things about myself, […]

Inverness

Inverness

* * In 1746, Prince Charles Edward Stuart had a price of £30,000 on his head. * On the run after the Battle of Culloden, where so many Highlanders lost their lives to his doubtful cause, he hid in the Highlands, asking for help, food […]

In Skye, in the middle of nowhere, is Portnalong.

In Skye, in the middle of nowhere, is Portnalong.

* ♥ 15 September — In Skye, in the middle of nowhere, is Portnalong. The night before we arrived in Skye, we met a guy in a bar. He had grown up in Portnalong…and left as soon as he was able. “Don’t get me wrong,” he […]

The Highlands of Scotland

The Highlands of Scotland

* Scotland, the 15th of September. The entire expanse of sky is gray, the Cuilin mountains are all but lost in fog, there’s a light rain falling, and a chilly wind is stirring the tattered Scottish flag outside the hostel to wave in proud defiance […]

Dreaming of the Scottish Highlands

Dreaming of the Scottish Highlands

There’s a part of me that almost doesn’t want to talk about Scotland. When something you’ve dreamed of for so long is suddenly within reach, it’s exciting and unbelievable and scary at the same time. You kind of don’t want to talk about it too […]