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A Little Hitchhiking…Spud the Scottish Piper

The ice cream began to drip down the side of my hand as I made my way to the small Fort Augustus bus stop with another long and drawn out travel day lying before me. Both my packs were strapped on and with 20 more minutes to kill before the bus arrived I made my […]

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A Little Green…The Forests of Fort Augustus

The vibrant green and completely lush underbrush climbing up the trees and creeping across the floor of the forest struck me first as I entered the darkly lit canopy of trees in the national park forests surrounding Fort Augustus. Video Tour of Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Scotland Fort Augustus has about six major walks and […]

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A Little Charm…Bagpipes and Locks

The faintly audible music of bagpipes in the distance altered my course and I set my meandering walk toward the main street of Fort Augustus. The town is small. Tiny actually. And all of the action takes place along the Caledonian Canal that feeds into Loch Ness. The canal is set up with a set […]

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Loch Ness Monster

A Little Myth…Romanticizing Nessie the Monster

You know her as Nessie and her myth has spread all over the world; the legend of the Loch Ness Monster has caught the imaginations of dreamers and scientists, children and adults, and everyone in between. I confess that I made a multi-day stop to the long and legendary lake situated in the heart of […]

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Hairy Highland Cow- Photo by Flickr user: Tambako

A Little Imagination…Exploring Isle of Skye Through the Tain

The scent of Scotland changes as the damp rains roll in; throughout the small city of Portree the earthy smell of grass and the fresh scent of wet flowers begin to dominate the air and override the ostensibly more powerful scent of deep-frying fish and chips; instead the collage of smells mingle together in the […]

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A Little Hiking…The Old Man of Storr

The sun weakly peeped it’s head from behind the smoky gray clouds and gave me no other choice but to surmise that today, like everyday for the past four days, was going to be another damp, cold, Scottish day. The Isle of Skye is supposedly one of the most gorgeous regions of Scotland (every region […]

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A Little Inevitability…It's Raining, it's Pouring

The weather in England and Scotland was incredible for the week I traveled in the region…seriously sunny. Now, it was also cold, and that made for an un-happy Shannon, but very little rain to be seen. It was lulling me into complacency. Taking public transportation in rainy countries sucks. Now, I am not going to […]

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