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I’M BACK IN SCOTLAND!

The Fringe  has the most amazing atmosphere. Everything is so exciting, its an indescribable sensory overload that overwhelms and indulges the senses. So far, I have seen more shows than I have seen in a lifetime and can’t wait to continue the trend further next week with a variety of performances.

My favorite thus far has been either 17 Border Crossings and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 17 was a one man about his adventures across the world, both accidental and not and the variety of mishaps and controversies that led him border to border. Hedwig (not the bird) was a more complicated storyline of a transgender young [wo]man in East Berlin who wanted to achieve fame at any cost. This was both musical and moving, more than I had expected from a “rock opera.”

And I’m off to the Isle of Skye tomorrow! As you know, one of my hobbies is making travel itineraries, so here you go.

Portree. Portree is the primary settlement on the Isle of Skye, and it’s a beauty. The heart of the small, multi-colored town clusters around a bay in the northeast of the island, and it’s where you will find a nice collection of services, lively pubs, and restaurants.

The Old Man of Storr. The Storr is a rocky ridge whose eastern face is a labyrinth of craggy spires and pinnacles resulting from landslip, and the Old Man is the tallest and most distinctive of these spires.

The Quiraing and Kilt Rock Visit the Kilt Rock on the northeastern shore where the Mealt waterfall thunders into the sea over vertical basalt pleats and patterns of dolerite sills.

Trumpan Church.  In 1578 under the cover of thick mist, men from Clan MacDonald rowed to this place and burnt alive everyone inside Trumpan Church. Clan MacLeod enacted swift retribution, killing all the men of Clan MacDonald involved in the brutal murder in what became known as the Battle of the Spoiling Dyke.

Dunvegan Castle. Dunvegan Castle stands at the crook where the Duirinish and Waternish peninsulas meet, and has so for 800 years. This oldest castle in Scotland is the seat of Clan MacLeod…Clan MacLeod possesses some incredible ancient relics like their mysterious Fairy Flag and the mythic drinking horn of Sir Rory Mor.

Neist Point This most westerly point on Skye is a stunning headland with a lighthouse punished by gale-force Atlantic winds and a surging, spuming sea.

Talisker Distillery.  A visit to the distillery is a great reason to drive this section of Skye and make a stop at Glen Brittle (see below). Be sure to splurge for the Talisker Tasting Tour.

The Black Cuillin. the Black Cuillin are a range of tall, rocky mountains that glower over the central neck of the island in truly awe-inspiring fashion.

Glen Brittle Forest: Fairy Pools Scottish culture is chock full of naturalistic Celtic myths and legends, talking of magical beings living under hills, and waters filled with beasts large and small. Despite modern progress, the Fairy Pools in Carbost, Scotland still embody that sense of magic in their unbelievably blue waters and secluded walls.

Eilean Donan

You have been to this, so I won’t bother harassing you with the details.

**Please forgive the above from being taken from many multiple travel sites as I cannot rephrase all of it in such a timely manner.

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