Become an Outlandish Spirit. Join me in the Highlands of Scotland on the Jamie and Claire Tour for Outlandish Spirits as inspired by the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Take a peek into life with a Highlander at our wee Storyteller's Cottage.
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Macraes 2012 Day 2
Over the sea to... Leodhas.
Another fine day, with only a wee bit drizzle. May is normally the season to visit Scotland, but our two visitors have brought the sun and blue sky with them into our June adventure.
We blog from on the ferry, Ullapul to Steornabhagh.
We have cleared the headland and are into The Minch
a slight swell.
Sally here - yesterday was a very long day - after being in airports and planes for 22 hours we finally got to Glasgow. There were problems getting to our first stay due to closing the major highway from a big accident - we tried some other routes and saw some major beautiful back country but ended up being 11 hours on the road all total. We were absolutely exhausted, but slept well, had a fantastic breakfast, and are now on the ferry en-route, with a good swell - glad this is a large ship. Sally
Sam here - This is why we call Scotland the largest small country you'll visit. All the roads but one are small in the Highlands. We always have a small laugh when others ask us to go to places like Loch Ness in one day or Skye in two or three. It truly is life in the slow lane! Thanks to Sally & John for hanging in there. Nothing like a good night's sleep and a robust Scottish breakfast to start your adventure.
Looking happy now that we're going ferry-wise
The School Sabbath outing at the playpark, Eoropie.
You'd think that John was the silent type, given that he hasn't blogged yet, but no. He and I talked way into the night on Scottish Politics, US politics and Ale. Perhaps we'll get a written word out of him tomorrow.
Rhonda: Today started with a trip to a beautiful church from the 1700s. I had the pleasure of being the one to use the key to open the door, although a bit difficult as it did not work in the usual fashion. Many pictures taken, a reading and an intense emotional moment in the cemetery. It was amazing, beautiful and all that I could have asked for.
Mike: The hilltop church and cemetery was incredibly peaceful, and emotionally stirring with current events at home. Stopping for the trail walk, and enjoying the woods was perfectly in tune with what I hoped for. Walking everywhere in kilted glory feels natural already, like I was meant to. Loving this so much.
Liz: Today I got a chance to put into practice all the hiking I had been doing all summer. It was so worth it to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and to just stop and listen to the voice of God as he whispered to me in the wind through the Scots Pines. Another incredible moment was listening to Scot read the account of Jamie and Claire…
Scot here. We're outlandishing a private tour for an American family from Italy.
You'll like this. Vicky and Jim's bairns are called Jamie and Claire. Aye, really.
What's more, wee Jamie has red hair and his current stature promises great height as an adult.
Cò-dhùi, anyway, I'll hand yeez over to them as they are prolific writers.
Claire- Today we visited to a very hilly place, not a mountain though. I am not exactly sure where we went. I found it very enjoyable. We hiked all around there, and we saw lots of sheep. Jamie ran all around trying to "catch" some sheep. [Aye, a true MacKenzie at heart : "I was just Borrowing them".] It was sort of funny. We stopped at a spot where standing stones used to be. We read a little bit of one of the Outlander books describing Claire's journey through the stones. It was very descriptive, and I liked it a lot. The men hiked all the way up to the top of the hill, but they did not bag a monroe..…
It's been mad busy here at Tour Central. Sam is furiously signing up tour guests for this year (everybody gets Christmas out of the way then they all book their outlandish adventures in January). We spent Christmas up on Loch Ness at a hunting lodge that likes us to play Scottish Hosts for their Christmas guests (there is a point to this story). As part of the activities we took a couple of the guests on a hunt for Uamh Bonaidh Obhair, Dun Bonnet's Cave, which is not far away, so we had been told. The literati will know that this is where James Fraser, 9th of Foyers lived for seven years after the defeat of the Jacobites, (I told you there was a point to the story). We did eventually find the cave, and it was not easy, as you might expect, even with detailed directions. How else would James Fraser have managed to hide for so long with the place regularly patrolled by Redcoats? The story of the servant boy being challenged by Redcoats while carrying a cask of ale is also true. …