Skye and Stardust


A books and crafts store in Portree, in the Isle of Skye, had several DVDs of the movie Stardust (2007) displayed prominently in one of its shelves. I thought the owner simply liked StardustI do, it’s one of my favorite movies, the book on which it was based is written by Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite writers, and it stars Mark Strong, who’s the absolute bee’s knees as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, it turns out a good chunk of Stardust was actually filmed in Skye, hence the merchandise. I recently re-watched the movie and every time I saw a familiar location I wanted to jump up and shout “Look! I was there!” — except that I was on a plane, alone, and watching the movie on my laptop, so it would have been weird.



The Fairy Glen

The Quiraing

Septimus (Mark Strong) and Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) at the Quiraing, planning evil plans

And Skye

The Fairy Glen

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The Quiraing mountain range:





Honestly, I’ve run out of superlatives for Skye. And for Scotland. All I can say is that I feel like a part of my heart is still there, and since I don’t know when — if ever — I can return, I guess for now I’ll have to stay just a little bit heartbroken.

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Mark Strong!!!!

One of life’s purest pleasures is walking into a movie house expecting to see a film starring so-and-so and discovering it actually also stars Mark Strong.


I’ve just watched Kingsman: The Secret Service and while it’s an absolute shame Mark Strong doesn’t get top billing for these things, it’s also such a delight to squeal (silently), “OMG, Mark Strong is in this movie too!”

I feel so strongly about it that I am writing about it in a travel blog.

I wasn’t even a fan until I started seeing him everywhere. Stardust. Robin Hood. Sherlock Holmes. The Eagle. (I mean, I can’t even believe I’ve seen The Eagle, much less found Mark Strong in it.) A host of other films I haven’t seen. And some really good ones. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy! Zero Dark Thirty! The Imitation Game! And now Kingsman.

Seriously, I don’t know what I’d do if I go to London, get on the Tube, and see Mark Strong. Would I be like “OMG, Mark Strong is in the Tube too!”? The surreal-ness would kill me.