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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Day 7 ~ The Enchanting Back Roads
Today we moved from Blissful Iona to Powerful Skye. It is a fair old distance across peninsulas and islands. We took an alternate route from our norm and drove up through the Ardnamurchan Peninsula; a back road seldom used by anyone but locals and the adventurous. As drivers, it was so much more pleasant than the main road as we wound our way through misty hills and we made a few stops including lunch, a castle on a lovely beach cove and a romp through gorgeous heather and bracken.
Caya: Loooooong day, thanks Sam!!! You are an excellent driver! The views where just spectacular.
Sam: It amazes me that with all
I've seen in Scotland via our tours and our personal travels, I'm still
enamoured with areas new to me. I can only compare it to thinking
you've had one of the best meals in the world, only to have another meal
that equals it just when you thought food couldn't get any
better. So just when I thought Scotland could not get any better, I
discover something as beautiful as the previous views. We've had great company to
share all this beauty with which makes the journey that much nicer.
Hector: After a long day driving, three ferries and a great lunch in the middle of nowhere, we got to Skye. Now in a beautiful country mannor, with a Talisker in front of a hearth fire...things can not be more beautiful.
In the evening we sat by the hearth
wines and such in hand and had a small ceilidh and
discovered many talents within our group, with shared songs, poetry and
stories. Oh, and we had the company of Harry, the wee dog.
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. …