Tag Archives: Scotland

Black sheep

So, I haven’t really wanted to mention this. It’s unfortunate and a little embarrassing. But lately there have been some news articles drawing attention to the topic so I might as well face facts. You know that wonderful little island in Scotland that I … Continue reading

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Happy to be here

It’s that time of year again… when lads and lassies don kilts, wristbands, and anoraks to stand in the rain and listen to rock and roll played on the bagpipes. It’s HebCelt 2016, and these are my people. There’s good beer, too. We got … Continue reading

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St. Kilda

I love islands. The two places I return to again and again are the island of Ikaria in Greece and my location at this moment, Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. I keep a sort of life list of other islands … Continue reading

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Bookish

Edinburgh is a literary city. Maybe it’s the winters: we were here for a week in February 2012 and I’ll attest that the weather then was perfect for broody author types (and reader types too). It’s no wonder “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” … Continue reading

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Around Lewis

On Lewis we stayed in a cottage just down the road from the Standing Stones of Callanish. HebCelt took up three full days, but we had two weeks and a car to get around in. Here are some pictures from our time … Continue reading

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My man Murdo

I have written before about my ongoing investigations into the roots of the MacIver family tree. But despite many research hours spent in Lewis and Harris’s libraries, cemeteries, and family history center, I’d come away from previous visits unable to “cross the water,” as American genealogists put … Continue reading

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HebCelt 2015

Andreas and I had a blast at the HebCelt music festival in 2013 and knew it would be a highlight of our summer in Scotland this year as well. The bands were all new to us with no repeats from two years … Continue reading

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Glasgow

We had planned to visit the whisky isles – Jura and Islay – but after our last day on Mull, we thought that anything else we might do in the islands couldn’t compare with our trip to Staffa and Lunga. … Continue reading

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Don’t let a little Cullen skink scare you

Scottish cuisine gets an undeservedly bad rap. Everyone likes to poke fun at haggis (see the video clip in this post from my old food blog if you’re into haggis humor). But the great chieftain of the pudding race gets … Continue reading

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Staffa and Treshnish

Wow. We’ve seen some great stuff on this trip, but this really puts a bow on it. We booked a daytrip to Staffa and Treshnish through Turus Mara. A little bus picked us up at Salen’s village center and delivered … Continue reading

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