I'll Take The High Road

Trip Start Sep 30, 2006
Trip End Jan 16, 2010

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

It's 10:30pm and I just took a photo and it's still daylight. I forgot that it is so light so late in this neck of the world. I've been in the Southern Hemisphere for such a long time, I'm having trouble adjusting to the sun cycles here in isles off the the North Atlantic. Yesterday I hiked all around Bonnie Loch Lomond.
It was spectacular. Gorgeous, green and beautiful, I walked under groves of English Oaks, hazel woods and ash trees, looked out over the Loch and into a country park of Balloch Castle.
I also took the obligatory cruise on Loch Lomond, and of course I couldn't help myself from singing "I'll take the high road, and you'll take the low road...."
I took the bus up through the Highlands and stopped first in Loch Lochy and hiked all around there. I came across a big cat and said to myself, wow a bobcat! Then I said, but Scotland doesn't have bobcats... he and I looked at one another and then since I decided he must be just a very BIG housecat I started calling him, here kitty kitty which is when he decided to split. The next day while visiting the very fun and very hokey Loch Ness Monster Museum what do I see but a Scottish Wildcat postcard published by WWF, and he looked just like the cat I saw in the woods. I talked to a Scotsman and he said "in 68 years I've never seen one of those!" but he spent most of his time in Edinburgh. So I'm choosing to think it was definitely the elusive Scottish Wildcat and he looked at me for a good 5 seconds before taking off, as I stopped instead of going after him. That trail was part of the Great Glen Way, one of the fantastic long distance trails they have here in Scotland. Now I'm up on the Isle of Skye, which must be so called because of the amazing clouds that come in over the mountains. It is spectacular to watch the sky and sea collide here. Fantastic. On the way into the Isle I passed through Glen Coe, which must be one of the most lovely places on earth. Green, rolling and majestic, the mountains are both imposing and inviting.
All I want to do is climb up, but it was raining so a good travel day. I was on a bus to my next hostel. Today I walked and biked up hills over Uig Bay (that's ewe-ig) with gorgeous views. The reward was numerous: the views, the sea eagle overhead, and the Isle of Skye brewery, which makes incredibly good microbrews. This is actually one of the first places I've come across that makes its own good beer. I'm drinking Red Cuillin Scottish Export Ale at the moment, which is red as the name would suggest and creamy like cream soda but not as sweet. Delicious!! I don't know if they say Slainte here like in Ireland, but that's what I'll leave with. Slainte!
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