Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Internet again! Arisaig, Scotland

We finally have internet. We''re on the road back toward Edinburgh from the Isle of Skye and we stopped along the coast at a little cafe for tea and scones and they have Wifi! My cell phone didn't even work on Skye. The day is glorious!! The best weather we've had all trip. This morning we took the ferry across from Armadale to Mallaig.

Oh, by the way, we're not coming home. We like it here and have decided to stay. You'll all just have to come visit us. Of course come January when there are only 6 hours of daylight, we might change our minds....but this is pretty nice... maybe we'll come home. I just added a few new posts below from last week. They're long and no photos yet.

Here's a summary of what we've done since we left Borlum Farm in Drumnadrochit at Loch Ness...

Sunday 21 June - Carbisdale Castle to Lochinver and Ullapool on the coast of the northwest Highlands. Lots of driving on really fun and absolutely spectacular little narrow windy roads. The landscape is stunning and the sea! We stayed at a wonderful little B&B in Ullapool...the Assynt House.

Monday 22 June - Ullapool to the Isle of Skye. More driving. More stunning scenery. Rain. Wonderful wildlife cruise with Ian the marine biologist in Gairlog. We saw harbor porpoises (mom with calf), gannet fishing, then being attacked by a skua, grey seals and common seals, oyster catchers, cormorants, shags, but no otter and no dolphins. Very late drive into Portree on Skye and trouble finding lodging and dinner because it was so late, but it was still light out! Finally found a room at one of the local hotels and dinner at the indian restaurant.

Tuesday 23 June - Isle of Skye - More fun driving. visited Uig and the Talisker distillery, Armadale castle and stayed in another wonderful B&B. We had dinner on picnic tables on the water in the sunshine at the hotel/bar/restaurant near our B&B (see pic above from the walk to the hotel). Oh, our hostess was Flora McDonald...only scottish history buffs will appreciate that. We visited the original's grave that morning north of Uig. The Sleat peninsula where we stayed is clan Donald's terrain.

Wed 24 June - that's today...onward south and east toward Edinburgh...via Fort William, Glencoe and Sterling.