Sunday, August 23, 2009


After a quick trip across the Atlantic, I touched down for a week and a half long visit to Scotland. Back in college I was lucky enough to spend some time in Edinburgh, and I've always said I would come back. So I did, but this time I headed north and west of Edinburgh, into the Scottish Highlands for a "bit of a walkabout."

A little Internet scholarship helped me locate Wilderness Scotland, a personalized outfitter that specializes in small group (5-7 people) walking tours of some of the wilder parts of Scotland. I settled on a tour that includes the northwest Highlands and Cape Wrath, which is the farthest north and west point in Scotland.

I didn't know exactly what to expect. There were about 5 other people on my tour, none of whom I'd met before, so I was curious to see who they were and what they were about. It turned out to be a great group. There are Fiona and Sandy, a brother and sister from London who were originally from Scotland; James, who makes his home in Scotland; and two retired Canadian ladies named Sharon and Judy who are traveling partners with a penchant for visiting out-of-the-way places. We're being led by Lorraine, who is a native Scot, and a spectacularly accomplished guide and walker. She knows the country, the tracks and the terrain intimately, which makes for a great trip.

My trip started in Edinburgh, with a day there to get myself acclimated to the time change, pick up some last minute odds and ends (since I didn't have a chance to do that before I left WI because of some pressing work commitments), and do some sightseeing. I'll leave it at that for the time being - I'll have pics and MOVIES to follow! :)

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