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So, if things go as planned today, I’ll have some time tomorrow to share some about my mother and her impressive life. No promises – I’m finding out each day how I can’t plan too much as more things pop up that need attention.

Today, pictures from valued commenter maurinsky.

My husband and I took our two years delayed honeymoon in Scotland last month! We started in Edinburgh, then went to Glasgow, then to the Isle of Skye, and then we drove the North Coast 500, stayed two nights in an ecolodge in Cairngorms National Park, before heading back to Edinburgh. The people of Scotland were lovely – not a single person asked me about Donald Trump. (I’m Irish – I guarantee that would be the first question every single person would ask me!)

Here are some pics from our trip!

Edinburgh Castle at Night

This is a view of Edinburgh Castle from Waverly Station. It’s not actually night, though, it’s actually about 4 in the afternoon.


This is my personal favorite picture I took. This was taken shortly after heading out from Ullapool on the NC500.


This picture was taken as we were leaving the Isle of Skye, where it basically was spitting rain during our waking hours. A day later, as we drove the NC500, we saw more rainbows than I can count, including a couple that just followed us around as we were driving (my husband took a fun video of one of those rainbows).


We were staying on a campground called The Lazy Duck, which has 3 or 4 ecolodges on it. We stayed in one called the Lambing Bothy – the place is heated with a tiny wood stove, the water in the kitchen sink is collected rainwater, and the shower is a bucket into which you pour heated water mixed with rainwater. It’s also an outdoor shower. This woods is the view from the outhouse, which is the nicest outhouse I’ve ever used. I took this the morning we were leaving – the night before, I got up in the middle of the night to use the outhouse, and walked to the outhouse with my headlamp on. I looked out into the woods and saw a pair of eyes gleaming back at me. I did my business, came back out and looked into the woods, and there were 3 pairs of eyes gleaming back at me!


This is a view from our B&B in Lathemore – the water in the distance is the North Sea.


This is a photo from Glencoe, in the Highlands.

The Ceilidh Place

They say you should try new things on vacation, so I started my first bar tab of my life at the most interesting business I’ve ever been in, The Ceilidh Place in Ullapool. The Ceilidh Place is a restaurant, a bar, an art gallery, and a bookstore. They also lead hikes and other outdoor activities. My husband and I ducked in to check out the bookstore. They were having Hungarian Night, so the smells of Hungarian food drew us into the full restaurant – so we sat at the bar. The bartender gave us a couple of shots of some kind of Hungarian liqueur, and we bought a couple of books. Based on one of the books I bought (a book on Scottish mythological figures and folk stories), Charlie the bartender recommended another book called The Lost Words, which is gorgeously illustrated. He also suggested a couple of whiskeys a lightweight like me could enjoy.


Thank you so much maurinsky, do send us more when you can.


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14 replies
  1. 1
    Sab says:

    Thank you so much. Those are lovely.

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    Quinerly says:

    Beautiful! 💚💜❤

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    debbie says:

    Probably the wrong part of the country, but I can feel Heathcliff in every shot.

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    J R in WV says:

    Looks like a great trip, great scenery, good people to not bother you about the giant lard Dump in the White House.

    The Ceilidh Place sounds like a good business plan – something for the locals, something for the tourists, food and drink and education. Most of us on vacation want to learn something new. See new things.

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    Victor Matheson, of the clan Mathesom says:

    You can’t just show a picture of Glencoe and simply say it is in the Highlands! It is perhaps the most infamous site in Scotland, the location of the Glencoe Massacre. The dirty Campbells slaughtered the entire McDonald clan at the behest of the English while staying in Glencoe as guests of the McDonalds. The best pub in the town still has a sign over the bar stating that no Campbells will be served (and the sign is not a joke).

    Looks like a great trip.

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    arrieve says:

    Wonderful pictures! Scotland is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen — I’m hoping to go back next year to see the Outer Hebrides. But even in all that beauty, Glencoe stands out. And they do still tell you, quite seriously, that you can never trust a Campbell.

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    eclare says:

    That sounds like a wonderful trip! Love the rainbow!

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    laura says:

    The photos are so beautiful and verdant. Thank you for sharing them.

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    Albatrossity says:

    Gorgeous! We visited many of the same places in 2008, and I’d love to go back and explore Scotland again.

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    cosima says:

    The Lazy Duck is about an hour from our house! You should have phoned! But really, Scotland is amazing, and we are so lucky to live here. Your west coast/Skye weather sounds quite like the weather that we had in August — a wee bit warmer then, maybe, but not much different — it rained & rained & rained, but we had beautiful rainbows. The girls swam in their wetsuits every chance they had.

    I’m glad you were able to visit this area. I don’t have a favourite part of Scotland, because it is all so beautiful, so my advice to anyone who visits is: stay longer than you think you should so that you have enough time to see a fair bit of what you want to see — you will not have close to enough time to see everything on your Scotland bucket list. In all of our years of living here I’ve still not made it to dozens of bucket list places.

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    maurinsky says:

    We had two peak life experiences on this trip.

    1. We had dinner at Aizle in Edinburgh. Aizle has no menu, they have a board with a list of ingredients and you get a 5 course meal (we had ours with drink pairings, and it’s actually 7 courses if you add coffee, because you start with snacks and bread and butter). The dessert was the greatest dessert I’ve ever had, and it was made with carrots, sea buckthorn, unsweeted frozen Greek yogurt, and walnuts. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    2. While we at the Lazy Duck, we booked the wood-fired hot tub on the premises. It was cold out, but the sky was clear, and in the dark we had the most epic view of the stars as we relaxed in the hot water. It was magical.

    The decision to go to Scotland was impulsive (Norwegian Air had a $99 special flying out of local airport because they were brand new), but we had a full-year to plan for the trip. There was so much we didn’t see, though! I would go back in a heartbeat!

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    Denali says:

    My best friend’s maiden name is Campbell. I shall have to mention this bit of history to her. Although she does not care for the Brits one bit.

    The Hungarian liquor was probably Tokai – wonderful stuff.

    Your favorite photo is amazing. Want to do a watercolor from it,

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    maurinsky says:


    Feel free to paint it!

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