This is my last post from Scotland as tomorrow we head home. We have been here 16 days, spent a ton of money, and every minute and every pound was worth it. Today we ferried out to Mull and visited Duart Castle, home of the MacLeans. We met the MacLean chief, Sir Lachlan MacLean, who was actually acting as one of our guides here. What a very nice gentleman! From there we bussed up to Tobemory, another incredibly picturesque village with its colorful house fronts. The weather has defied the forecast and been beautiful. We got off the ferry and ate at the Waterfront Fishhouse, a recommendation from Neil Johnson. I had the best scallops I have ever had and finished it of with sticky toffee pudding. What a meal to finish on. I will post one more time after we return home to sum up our experiences. See you soon.
Today started with a quick drive from Portree to the ferry and back to the mainland. Once we got to Mallaig we headed off for Fort William. On the way we stopped to see the Glenfinnan Viaduct, now probably better known as the Harry Potter Bridge. What an amazing structure to see! Then it was on to Oban. This incredibly picturesque city is very busy with tourists this time of year. I had a great meal of mussels and prawns in "the seafood capital of Scotland" tonight. One more day to spend on Mull and then our incredible journey is done. I can't believe how fast these 2 weeks have gone by. We have been blessed with great fortune and good weather for this trip. One more entry and then it's on to Glasgow and home.
Today was spent exploring the absolutely amazing Isle of Skye. We listened to the wind howling and the rain pouring all night and left Portree in a heavy rain for Dunvegan Castle, home of the McLeods. After we started touring the castle it started to brighten up. By the time we finished and set into the gardens, it was nice. After lunch it got absolutely beautiful. A bartender advised us of little known directions for a "scenic" drive. We went up to Uig, and what we got was absolutely sensational. The landscapes, the seascapes, were tremendous. We all could understand why they write songs about this beautiful place. We are headed out for dinner in a little bit to celebrate the 4th of July although it is obviously just another day here. Tomorrow it's ferry time back to the mainland and on to Oban. More later.
I'm back in civilization! At least if you can call Portree civilization. At least we have wifi at our B and B We were in the central highlands for 2 days staying at our friend Ann Chesin' s house near Aberlour. What a beautiful place! We toured Glenfiddich and the Knockando woolen mills. We stopped at the Walker Shortbread factory for some great buys. On the way there we toured the Blair Atholl castle that has been beautifully restored. Today on the way to Skye it was Eilan Donan castle. We are having a great time, but the weather has changed on us and we are getting rain and wind. Our run of great weather has run out. It has been a wonderful trip but I think I'm ready to come home. We leave Monday. I will have more postings before then.