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We've had a magnificent few days on the roads travelling from Fort William to now being on the Outer Hebredies. The scenery has been stunning, incredibly rugged and changes constantly. Lots of heather on the mountains and we took to some 'quaint' little back roads around the Isle of Skye. Lots of blind corners and blind summits!
We stayed at a fabulous B&B last night at Dornie and had some delicious local smoked salmon for breakfast. We then travelled across the Isle of ...
Let's start with a confession, I forgot to mention in the last blog that whilst blow drying my hair... I managed to set the fire alarm off... Oops! Both my hair and the room we were staying in remained undamaged throughout the experience. Today was a bright and early start getting onto the first ferry of the day, just after 8am (don't worry we had enough time for a full Scottish breakfast before departing). It was particularly windy and cold this morning, so much so that ...
... is most skilful. The stones are wedged with small pieces of wood. The hearth is beautifully constructed. 1859 is chiseled into a huge exterior stone.
It is time to burn some heather! As it is so damp there is difficulty locating a good patch. This is a 'controlled' burn and Sam is in full command! The initial smell of the heather burning is beautiful - sweet and malt like. Thank you Sam!
Sam's dog watches on - somewhat perplexed. He is ...
... a little too much of a 'good-idea-at-the-time' lay in the bottom of the dram from whence the good idea and 'spirited' chivalry did dwell.
So, back to the heading. From Keith's exit wings left after I injected my baptised name into his monologue, I must confess with regret, dear reader, that is 'just Richard', not the far more arrestingly relevant 'Richard the Bruce' (with apologies to Bob), with which I must venture forth for the remainder of our Highlands' holiday.
... traditional' crofting farming practices- suggesting a cultural element in the definition of 'machair'. Also interesting is the extent to which Gaelic is spoken here - almost universally.
Because machair' comprises certain vegetation types that are the breeding sites of certain land and sea-birds, a very wide variety of birds either live here permanently or migrate here to breed. I still have a conceptual lacuna to so many land and seabirds cohabiting, but it is ...